Prayer: relating to God
3 In Jesus Christ
Sunday 9 October, 2016
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last – and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: love each other. (verses 16-17)
Prayer and worship are essential parts of our Christian discipleship. They link us with God, with one another and with the whole creation. Jesus has called and chosen us to be his followers and to lead others to him. Prayer keeps us intimately connected to Jesus helping us to grow as his friends, and enabling us to be faithful, even in very difficult circumstances. When we abide in Christ, closely linked by prayer and worship, then we are like the branches on a vine. We draw our strength and energy from Christ, and the fruit we produce has its roots in him. When we wander off, and stop drawing sustenance from Christ, we find ourselves spiritually undernourished, isolated and out of touch with what God requires of us. When we remain grounded and rooted in Christ then we find that our will is aligned with God’s will, and naturally we will ask of God what it is that he longs to give. Our readings this week help us to explore this close alignment through prayer and worship, and give us fresh vision of the joy, responsibility and constancy that God asks of us in our prayer lives.
† Lord, in your name I ask that you help me remain faithful and constant in prayer. Amen!