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
One of the surest ways to get into the presence of God is to get into the Word of God. If we get into God’s Word, God’s Word will get into us. It will radically change the way we think, the way we live, the way we love. But it requires more than a casual reading. In fact, the Bible wasn’t meant to be read. It was meant to be memorized and mediated on. It was meant to be prayed and practised. We have to abide in the Word of God and let the Word of God abide in us.
Words that are repeated throughout scripture are repeated because they bear repeating. It’s God’s way of saying, “Don’t let this go in one ear and out the other.” These are words we need to pay special attention to. One of them is the word abide, which is repeated no less than eight times in John 15. In verse 7, John writes, If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
The word abide is a present imperative verb, which indicates a continual action. It’s not something we start and stop; it’s something we do for the rest of our lives. And we do more of it. The goal is to get closer and closer to God. And the way we do this is by abiding in His Word.
According to rabbinic tradition, every word of Scripture has seventy faces and six hundred thousand meanings. Each word is Kaleidoscopic. And the word abide is a great example.
5 reflections of the meaning;
- To stay overnight
- To hold fast
- To stand still
- To be moved
- To tarry.
We’re so busy trying to do something for God that we don’t realize that the key to our success in any endeavour is letting God do something for us. We cannot do something for God if we aren’t with God. We have to press into His Presence. And the surest way to get into God’s presence is by getting into God’s Word.
Excerpted from Draw the Circle (The 40-day prayer challenge) by Mark Batterson
Reading without mediating is like eating without digesting.