Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Prayer requests

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 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. 17 This is my command: Love each other.
Ohhhh, there it is again.
Love one another.
Even if they are unlovely.
Um, let's change that.....even when they are unlovely! All of us humans are going to be unlovely at some point. It's just in the genes. Even though we may try to be agreeable and sweet and loving and patient and, and,  well, you know the drill!

So if we're going to abide in Him, and remain in His love, we've got to love others. Lovely or unlovely, let's pray for others. Especially the ones that aren't agreeable. Or sweet. Or loving. Or patient. Or kind.

All kidding aside, we've heard of some wonderful answers to prayer lately. Some of our study friends have had improved health; God has provided for others; still others have experienced His grace in ways that perhaps we don't know.

Please feel free to share any request that we can pray about -- and share answers and praises, too!


Katie Isabella said...

These citations you have provided are something that I hope will come to my mind each morning as I rise. I always say thank you for passage through the night and for the morning. But I need to think on these things every day as well, right after my thanks giving..

Austin Towers said...

These words are so familiar and yet have hit me anew today. My elderly mother was very unwell a few weeks ago and we really thought we were going to lose her, but as it happens it was a relatively minor ailment which has so far been rectified by medication. So we thank the Lord very much for more time with her.