Introducing New Series: Fruit of the Spirit

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.”

 Over the next few weeks we are going to pray this prayer as we open God’s Word to Gal. 5:22-23.  But before we consider that text, let’s listen to the foundational Words of Jesus in John 15:

  • “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.”

 

Encourage Global Prayer Requests

Most every day I am posting a short prayer request from the field on FaceBook.

Some (not on Facebook) want another way to get these requests.  Let me know if this way works best for you and I can share the Prayer Requests this way as well…..

Here are some of the requests that we’ve posted this week:

  • Nurse in S. Asia: “need strength to fight feelings when work is overwhelming and national ‘believers’ fall”

 

  • S says: “Our big request right now is that we are studying hard again to move to the next level in language to be better at ministry.”   Pray they can keep learning while already leading lots of different ministries. (S & C are workers in SE Asia)

 

  • JS in SE Asia asked me to share this request with you:  A man named K___ heard the Good News of Christ for the first time (last week).  When we returned to his house yesterday, K had lots of questions.  Pray with us that K will soon know Jesus.

Prayer Request- Update

A few weeks ago, I shared the following Prayer Request about a freak accident.  KK had a few weeks recovery (very limited activity).  She’s doing much better now, driving and teaching her ESL and Ladies Bible Study classes.

Here’s a personal prayer request that I shared on this site.

————–Prayer Request——————-

KK had a freak accident Friday afternoon (07.26.19).

She was helping her 96 yr old dad get into the doctors office. After letting him out on the curb, she hurried to park the car. In the process, she opened the door, stepped out to tell him something, and the car slipped into reverse. It caught her foot and dragged her for some distance.

God spared  her – somehow the tire DID NOT run over her- She is still not sure how the car stopped other than hitting the curb.

She called, I drove over and took her to an “urgent care” across the street.

After multiple x-rays and examination, nothing is broken, no head injury, etc …but she has bruised ribs, deep scrapes in lots of places- and a super-swollen knee (same knee from previous surgeries).

We’re so thankful it wasn’t worse – here are the prayer requests:

1/ thank God for protecting her.

2/ pray for her rest and healing.

3/ pray for wisdom as we seek further medical attention for her knee.

Thanks for your friendship and support.

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Prayer Partner Update

This week I have been teaching leaders from 5 countries. These countries are places of intense spiritual warfare and persecution. I am always convinced that the teacher learns more than the students in situations like this. Their courage and dedication put things in a new perspective.

As we share God’s Word together, I am reminded that we all bring the filter of our culture to the Scripture. Then we ask God to help us lay down our human filters as we open up our lives to Him. Together we have prayed that God would give us the understanding we need. His Spirit has opened up the Word of God to our hearts and minds.

Each day we ask a few of the students to stay behind and share prayer requests and we pray with/for them. Wow! Yesterday the requests dealt with spiritual warfare, persecution, and the desire to spread the Gospel to new places — even in the midst of great opposition. My life seems so easy compared to theirs.

I am grateful for you, our Prayer Partner. As this week comes to a close, pray for these leaders as they return home. We walked through 5 books of the New Testament this week. Pray that they will return home with a fresh grip on the Word and that the Word will have a fresh grip on their hearts.

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