Bible Passage for Meditation: John 15:1-5
Key Verse: “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” John 15:4
Not that long ago I was sitting in my living room, looking at the tips of some of the leaves on one of my plants. I noticed that on some of the leaves, the tips were beginning to wither and turn brown due to the fact that they were not as tightly connected to the stem.
As I looked at the leaves, God began speaking to me. I realized how at times my own spiritual life starts withering and turning brown as well.
In the book of John we are told, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:4,5).
Yes, just as the leaves must remain connected with the stem and life-sustaining root system of the plant, I also must have that same daily connection with my heavenly Father. I must daily draw from His wellspring of life so that I will stay alive and produce good fruit.
It’s interesting that when a leaf is first disconnected from its root system, it still looks alive for a little while. But it will eventually die. There’s no turning the process around or reviving it. With us as Christians it’s similar with one difference. When we become disconnected from Christ, we can look
alive for a while as well before we wither and die apart from Christ. However, we can always re-connect and be revived. God can work a miracle and bring us back to life! How does He do this? All it takes is one prayer.
Ellen White writes, “Prayer is the breath of the soul. It is the secret of spiritual power. No other means of grace can be substituted and the health of the soul be preserved. Prayer brings the heart into immediate contact with the Wellspring of life, and strengthens the sinew and muscle of the religious experience. Neglect the exercise of prayer, or engage in prayer spasmodically, now and then, as seems convenient, and you lose your hold on God” (Messages to Young People, p. 249).
I thank God that even with I start to wither and turn brown, He is there, always ready to revive me. I just must turn to Him in prayer!
Heart Prayer Challenge:
Dear Heavenly Father, Sometimes we get disconnected and think we can operate in our own strength. We forget we need the “wellspring of life” that only you can provide. Please change our hearts Lord, that we may desire to abide in You just as the branch abides in the vine. Also, as we continue praying for our church, we ask that you would help us as a people to learn what it means to stay connected to You personally. We know that we are not saved as a church, or as a group, we are saved and revived individually. So help us to daily spend time at Your feet in prayer that You may pour Your Holy Spirit upon us in abundance. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
By Kat Taylor
(Kat works full-time for a government agency in Kansas, but her real heart and passion is in ministry. She is a prayer leader as well as a member of the 100 Days of Prayer leadership team. To read more of Kat’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)