Prayer As Communing With Christ In His Word

"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you" (John 15:7).Here we learn from Jesus 1) that He is the true vine in which we must abide, 2) that we cannot abide in Jesus without his words abiding in us, and 3) that when we do abide in Christ, and His words in us, then fruitful prayer results.Surely Jesus had something more in mind than the fleeting attention that millions of Christians in America today are giving to God’s Word and to prayer! And surely if we are only giving sideways glances to Jesus, to his Word, and to prayer – this cannot be described as “abiding in the true Vine”?Some of us then are in desperate need of some vine-yanking and some vine-grafting in our souls. We need to unplug ourselves from whatever we are giving so much attention and affection to, and in turn we need to look to Christ – through his Word and prayer – as the one place that true, soul-nourishing relationship is found.