Bible Study: Prayer- the Key to Abiding in Christ

Bible Study: Prayer- the Key to Abiding in Christ


In John 15 verse 4 Jesus said:
Abide in Me, and I in you. This is one of the most important commands in the Bible, because it contains the key
to successful Christian living. This key is revealed in another of Christ’s
statements. When Jesus cleaned out the temple the second time at the close of His ministry, He said to the money changers as He drove them out: It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but you have made it a den of thieves. As I like to share with people, sometimes it’s not only what someone says, but what
they don’t say that’s equally important. Notice Jesus said “the house of prayer.” He did not say the house of singing, or preaching
or teaching or baptism or fellowshipping or scripture reading or even Bible study. Though there is nothing wrong with any of
those things, it’s important to understand that He said My house shall be called the
house of prayer. Prayer is the number one thing that is suppose to be going on in church. The Apostle Paul says:
Know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own? That means the temple of our body also needs to be a house of prayer. So whether we are at home or at church, we
need to abide with God in prayer. So why is it so important to God that we abide
in Him? Right after Jesus said, “abide in Me, ” He
added: As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself,
except it abide in the vine; no more can you, except you abide in Me. In the next verse He repeated Himself again to really drive the point home:
I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in Me, and I in him, the same brings
forth much fruit: for without Me you can do nothing. So we abide to bear fruit. And what kind of fruit is this? In Galatians we read:
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. This passage shows us fruit bearing is about character development. If you keep My commandments, you shall abide
in My love; even as I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love. If you look carefully at the underlined portion of this passage, you will notice commandment
keeping gives us the privilege to continue to abide in Christ. Jesus will not abide with those who insist
on remaining disobedient. As He said earlier in verse 6:
If a man abide not in Me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. This of course is not the end result Christ is looking for. That’s why He wants us to abide. As Jesus points out, there are many benefits
to abiding: If you abide in Me, and My words abide in
you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done to you. What a great promise! Herein is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be My disciples. What an honor! Think about it… Jesus is giving us the power to glorify God! These things have I spoken unto you, that
My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. What a wonderful God we serve. In conclusion, prayer is the number one way
to abide. It leads to commandment keeping. It leads to fruit bearing. And in the end, abiding results in Christ
likeness. If you liked this video leave a like. If you liked the content please subscribe. Thanks for watching and God bless!

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