John R. W. Stott was a well-known British theologian of the last century. Christopher J.H. Wright said Dr. Stott prayed this prayer every morning:
“Heavenly Father, I pray that this day I may live in Your presence and please You more and more.
Lord Jesus, I pray that this day I may take up my cross and follow You.
Holy Spirit, I pray that this day You will fill me with Yourself and cause Your fruit to ripen in my life: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
Interesting phrase don’t you think? “…cause Your fruit to ripen in my life.”
- “I am the true vine”
- “I am the vine, you are the branches.”
- “Abide in Me, and I in you.”
- “…bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”
- “By this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be My disciples.”
We don’t use the word “abide” in everyday conversation. Since Jesus uses the word 4 times in 2 verses, we need to pause and see what it means.
In its simplest form it means “to remain, to dwell.” The old English language used another form of the word to mean a house, a dwelling place, an “abode.”
I guess you could say that during these days we have been told to abide in our abodes.
Jesus told His disciples to dwell in Him– and promised He would dwell in them.
The fruit of the Spirit depends on the work of the Spirit in and through our lives. Now that the Spirit of God has come to dwell in our hearts — He abides is us.
Let’s make this our prayer: “Lord Jesus, teach me how to abide in You.”