Abiding In Christ

Abiding In Christ

We are currently working through R.A. Torrey’s book “How to Pray,” published by Whitaker House Publishing. Let’s be honest, how many times have we prayed and prayed only to go without an answer? What if I could show you a secret in the Word of God that, if followed, guaranteed results? Too good to be true? Let’s find out… John 15:7 – If ye abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. The promise of the Word of God here is simple: ask what “you” will and it shall be done for you! Really, the question is not with the latter part of this verse as much as it is with just one word: abide. The Greek word for abide is men’-o. Which means to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy): abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand, tarry (for). Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines abide like this: 1. to rest, or dwell (Genesis 29:19) 2. To tarry or stay for a time (Genesis 24:55) 3. To continue permanently or in the same state; to be firm and immovable (Psalms 119:90) 4. To remain, to continue (Acts 27:31; Ecclesiastes 8:15). In context, Jesus is comparing Himself to a vine and His disciples as the branches of that vine (John 15:1-7). To fully understand this passage, we will have to look at the natural side of a vine and it’s branches. Some branches continued in the vine –in living union — so that the sap or life of the vine constantly flowed into...

Always Praying and Not Fainting

We are currently working through R.A. Torrey’s book “How to Pray,” published by Whitaker House Publishing. Over and over again, we have seen our dependence on the Holy Spirit in prayer. Ephesians 6:18 – Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…  and in Jude 20 – …Praying in the Holy Ghost. Luke 11:5-8 – And He said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; 6) For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? 7) And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. 8) I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.  Luke 18:1-8 – And He spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 2) Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God neither regarded man. 3) And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 4) Ad he would not for a while but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God nor regard man; 5) Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lestby her continual coming she weary me. 6) And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 7) And shall not God avenge His own...