Monday Devotional - More of the Same
Have you ever felt stagnant in your prayer life and you’ve wondered if it’s even worth continuing in prayer?
Sometimes, the key to the results we want is more of the same.
15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 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. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 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.
5 “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.
Many of us are looking to set new goals, make new changes, and seek new results in our prayer life. Nothing wrong with that.
However, the key to the changes we seek might not always be in starting something new, but in committing to more of the same.
Problem: In a society that celebrates whatever is “new” or “next,” the word “same” can have a negative connotation.
Sameness can be seen as boring, stagnant or stupid.
Yet while new is sought-after, the results of a consistent life are what’s celebrated.
Sometimes, we just need to do something for a long time.
Illustration #1: Marriage - young man asked man who was happily married after 50 years…How did you do it? “I just kept coming home every night”.
Illustration #2: Money - Ask a financially successful retiree, “How did you do it?” I just consistently put away a little bit of money every week for decades.
Illustration #3: In Bible School both Lisa and I remember this one-liner more than any other during our training. “Consistency produces more results than intense effort.”
There is power in prayer when it is the culmination of consistency with Him!
Grace and Peace,