Sunday, January 25, 2009

21 Days of Consecration - Day 15, John 15 - Abide

Today is Day 15 and the beginning of our final week of the 21 Days of Consecration. What a tremendous time it's been of personal alignment and breaking yokes in our lives that keep us back from serving God fully. As I read John 15 this morning, here's what jumped out to me:
"If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you." (John 15:7 NASB)
Today our focus shifts off of us to those loved ones in our lives who are in captivity, whether they know it or not. We love them so much and want to see them set free. In this morning's service we'll be talking about this subject and they will be the subject of some intense prayers in the days and weeks to come.

What captivated me about this verse is the promise that God would answer our prayers if we abide in Him and His word abides in us. We've spent two weeks of intense abiding, feasting on His word, setting new habits in our lives, delighting in Him. And now He invites us to "ask whatever we wish" - and because we've been abiding in Him, we want what He wants! And He wants the captives free!

This week as you pray, the Lord will put the specific people on your heart to pray for. He'll show you how to love them unconditionally and how to position yourself through love to share the truth at the right time. All because you've been abiding in Him! And His words are abiding in you!

So keep on! Don't get discouraged! Don't let up! In whatever area of consecration you've begun, don't give up - keep pressing on, whether it's fasting or some other area of consecration. This is the week that will make a difference! And if you haven't joined with us yet, start today! Read John 15 today and commit to read a chapter a day with us for the rest of this week. Commit to abide in Him and let His words abide in you! As the old saying goes, "You'll be glad you did!"

Blessings,
Nathan
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