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Abiding in Jesus is hearing His word and letting Him take the lead in directing our lives. So often our prayer time begins and ends with a laundry list of things on our minds, and not much more. While it is true that we are to bring our needs before the Lord, if this is the extent of our “abide” time, we may be missing one of the most important parts of spending time with our Savior: Listening to His voice, and letting Him lead our prayer and our walk.
The Abide devotions are an example of trying to let the Savior lead. Every day (except Sunday) I post a few devotional thoughts on a passage of Scripture, applying it to life, and concluding with some comments about what prayers that passage has called forth in me. All I’m doing is writing about what struck me, and jumped out at me, what stirred something in me based on that passage, and then seeking to discern if God is calling me to prayer or action or both based on that thought. In a way I’m letting you in on part of my regular morning Abide time.
There may be something else in the passage that jumps out at you. That’s fine. Go with it, pray over it, and let the Savior speak to you through it. This is a blog so feel free to post, to respond to ask questions, and to share your insights.
Where are these passage coming from? I am following a schedule of readings known as the “Moravian Texts.” Each day, there is an assigned Psalm, Old Testament passage, and a New Testament passage. Although each day I read and meditate on all three, for now, I am only commenting on the New Testament passage.
I began writing these devotions for the benefit of the people in two discipling huddles that I lead. But I have been encouraged to share these posts with a larger circle. I’m very happy to do so, but I do need to point out that a big part of the focus of what I write concerns helping people grow as disciples who make disciples and there may be special vocabulary or concepts that I refer to that you may not be familiar with. The links below provide a little background on these shapes and what they mean for growing as disciples. If you would like to learn more or would like to be part of a future discipling huddle, please let me know. Pastormike@stjohnslutheran.net