If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. – John 15:7
The past few months, our home has become more of a haven than ever before.
Its walls have witnessed an increase in prayers, as we have talked with the Lord both privately and as a family.
Though it has heard a few squabbles, it has also watched tolerance and kindness grow among its inhabitants.
If houses were sentient, ours would probably recognize our every habit, mood, and tendency.
And we have come to know our home intimately, as well.
We have cleaned and organized nearly every surface, inside and out. We’ve replaced windows, redecorated, crafted and created, purged possessions, and otherwise worked to make our house a peaceful, beautiful place in which to shelter together.
As today’s Scripture references, the Greek word for abide means “to stay in a given place, state, relation, or expectancy; to continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand for, tarry” (Strong’s Concordance).
We have certainly “abided” in our home!
But, compared to all the time we have spent abiding in our home, have we equally abided in Christ?
Have we worked with him to scrub and beautify every corner of our heart?
Have we spent so much time in his presence that we reflect his beauty to those who need him?
Have we conversed with him through the words of Scripture, so that his thoughts have become our own?
Has he become our shelter, our safe place, our ultimate home away from our heavenly home?
Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah. – Psalm 32:7
As we pursue these goals, we will abide ever more deeply in Christ.
We will pray swayed by our love of the Lord, the influence of the Holy Spirit, and a desire to do God’s will.
And when we do that, God promises to grant our prayer requests.
Have you worked on your home during this time of sheltering in place? Have you considered God’s promise that he will grant our prayer requests if we abide in him? I welcome your wise input, as always.