John 15:5 states, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
God is not in the business of making those who are strong stronger, rather He takes the weak and makes them strong through His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. And how is this accomplished? How do we become instruments for His plan and purpose in this world? By staying connected to the true vine. No movement, growth, development takes place without staying connected to the power source of the universe-God. We can’t bear fruit [His fruit] without Him. We try, and fail miserably. There is ample proof of that. But when our lives are devoted to Him, when our hearts seek Him, when our eyes are fixed on Him, we become stronger, more creative, more loving, more giving, we become more like our Christ. But we must stay connected to the vine.
One of the ways to stay connected is through prayer. How is your prayer life? John Bunyan wrote, ” Pray often, for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan.” The Holy Scriptures encourages us to pray, and provides many examples of how to pray, and answered prayer. In fact, we are obliged to pray. It is our duty to pray, and it is a blessed privilege to engage in prayer. Think of it, we mere confused, hurting, sinful mortals can speak to God through Christ, the author and finisher of our faith. The Bible tells us God wants to hear from us and speak to us, because of His great love for us. We also discover through prayer there is great power, great wisdom and great love. We learn how to better manage our bodies, minds and spirits by staying connected. All the issues; and “the personal, pertinent, and all-important questions for every soul” brought to Him in prayer are effectively, and efficiently dealt with. Enemies are defeated, grace and favor is applied.
You have an amazing day and life ahead of you. Don’t waste it. Don’t get side-tracked or distracted. Draw closer and stay connected to Christ today, and experience the amazing and miraculous.