The Secret Place #3 – Abiding in Jesus in Prayer:
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:4-5).
When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, He said, “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” (Matthew 6:6). When we speak about abiding in Jesus in prayer, we’re talking about more than just going to God with your wish list and saying, “My name’s Jimmy, so gimme gimme gimme!” No! It’s about shutting the door to all of the distractions in your life, and getting alone in the secret place of prayer— getting alone, until you’re not alone anymore. It’s about entering into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise (Psalm 100:4). It’s about abiding in Jesus, and Him abiding in you. Remaining, living, dwelling in God’s presence. It’s about relationship and intimacy. Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:20).
As we abide in Jesus, and He abides in us, we will bear much fruit, because without Him we can do nothing. The prophet Isaiah declared, “But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31). When we spend time abiding in Jesus in prayer, we are strengthened and renewed, and receive boldness to be a witness for Him. Isn’t this what happened to the disciples Peter and John? “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13).
The more time you spend with Jesus in prayer, the more clearly you will hear the voice of God. The Holy Spirit will begin to reveal the Father’s heart of love for you as in Romans 5:5, “the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us” and Romans 8:15-16 “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” God will also show you the things He wants you to do, and as you go forth from the secret place to do those things, you will find that your work and ministry is more fruitful because you are doing what God is telling you to do, just like Jesus did. Jesus said, “the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.” (John 5:19). Today, I want to challenge you to abide in Jesus in prayer in the secret place. Spend time in prayer just sitting at the feet of Jesus, and listening to His voice. Don’t do all the talking. Be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10). Soak in His presence. Let’s go deeper, friends. More, Lord!
Pastor Chris Jordan