Doing or Being? What is Abiding Prayer?

This morning the snow falls soft and quiet, blanketing the world with a magic all its own. Snow  covers the trees, tracing designs and patterns across the sky as branches reach heavenward. The evergreens bow down under the weight of this wonder of water transformed into snow. 

 

 

Transforming our prayer.

What is abiding prayer?

Water to snow, this transformation is much like prayer in the heart of a believer. The thoughts and desires, the needs and concerns become prayers.The more we abide in Christ, the more organic transformation between our daily thoughts prayerful living becomes.

I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing” –John 15:5

prayer, abiding in Christ, a praying life, Dallas WillardHas anyone ever asked you this: “How’s your prayer life?”

As if prayer is an activity rather than a natural part of living in Christ. Abiding prayer includes intentional times of prayer, but it is much more. It is so easy to think of prayer as something to do, something that only happens when we can muster up the right amount of faith and form the right words. We are tempted to draw clear lines around our definitions of prayer, squeezing it tight into formulas and techniques and possibly even formal language.

And yet, if we are abiding in Christ and He is in us, the conversation of prayer is as natural as the thoughts of our minds and the emotions of our hearts. A branch does not have to set a date on the calendar or make a great effort to be a part of the vine.

Prayer, God in the details

As if prayer is an activity rather than a natural part of living in Christ. It is so easy to think of prayer as something to do, something that only happens when we can muster up the right amount of faith and form the right words. We are tempted to draw clear lines around our definitions of prayer, squeezing it tight into formulas and techniques and possibly even formal language.

And yet, if we are abiding in Christ and He is in us, the conversation of prayer is as natural as the thoughts of our minds and the emotions of our hearts. A branch does not have to set a date on the calendar or make a great effort to be a part of the vine.

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9 Comments

  1. I love Dallis Willard’s quote — so true. It’s a truth I wish was discussed more in churches. It’s always been more about the being. Great post, Ginger.

    • Thank you Cathy! It is always so good to hear from you. Have you read Jennifer Kennedy Deans book on prayer? LaTan recommended it and it is so good. Have a great week friend.

  2. Ginger, I’m going to share this with my prayer group. Thank you for this great post.

    • I’m honored that you want to share this. I’d love to hear how your discussion goes. I’m sure you will expand and talk about some wonderful points. Blessings, my friend!

  3. Such a good quote from Dallas Willard. Wonderful encouragement to have a continuous conversation with our God all day long. Blessings!

    • Thanks so much for joining us, Joanne! Dallas Willard had a special gift on inspiring so many to go deeper with God. Blessings to you this weekend!

  4. Great thoughts, Ginger, and how many times have I heard that questions being asked?! Argh. I love that we get to abide in Him rather than make an appointment with Him… Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Coffee for the Heart. Blessings to you!

  5. ‘Abiding prayer includes intentional times of prayer, but it is much more…. the conversation of prayer is as natural as the thoughts of our minds and the emotions of our hearts.’ I love this, Ginger! Thanks for some great insight into an always ‘hot’ topic.

    • What a blessing to have you join me in this sweet space of connection as we chat about God’s word. I’m so glad you found this post to be thought-provoking. And I agree with you, listening to God is always a “hot topic!”

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