Praying to Abide in Jesus | Prayer on John 15
Sometimes Jesus uses poetic, imaginative language to illustrate his relationship with us, especially in the Gospel of John. These are great places in Scripture to use for prayer. In John 15 Jesus uses the highly imaginative language of a grape vine and branches and fruit. Imagine this as you think about your life. Only Jesus is the True Vine that gives Life. He’s the True Vine. There are lots of other imitation “vines” out there that fool us into thinking they have life, but they in fact are nothing and they make our lives nothing but nothing. But Jesus says if we abide in him as our True Vine, his LIfe flows into us and our lives flourish with Life. Praying this passage is a great way to abide in Jesus today.
John 15:1–5 ESV
I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:8–9 ESV
8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.
John 15:11 ESV
These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
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