“I am the true vine, and my father is the vinedresser.” (John 15:1)
Father, thank you for grafting us into your son Jesus.
“Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away; and every branch that bears fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” (John 15:2)
Father, prune us so that we can bear good fruit for you.
“You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.” (John 15:3)
Jesus, please let your words be a cleansing fire in our hearts and souls and bodies.
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” (John 15:4)
Jesus, there are so many fruitless branches in the Episcopal Church, please graft them back into the vine and let your Holy Spirit flow through them.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
Jesus, help us abide in you each day, keep us from stumbling or trying “to do it on our own.”
“If anyone does not abide in me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.” (John 15:6)
Jesus, prune away the withered parts of our lives so that we may bear fruit for you.
“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” (John 15:7)
Holy Spirit, please help us daily abide in Jesus, and let his words abide in us. Help us to desire and pray as we ought.
“By this my father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be my disciples.” (John 15:8 )
Father, we want to be fruitful disciples of Jesus and bring you glory. Anoint us for this day’s service. Thank you.
A word received: Wait, wait on me for my word. Look to me for guidance in adversity. Look to me for help in the storm. Keep your eyes fixed on me; let me guide you. I AM the true shepherd of the flock.
Wednesday: 97, 99; Micah 7:7-15; Acts 3:1-10; John 15:1-11
Thursday: 146, 147; Ezekiel 37:1-14; Acts 3:11-26; John 15:12-27
Notes from the Front Line
Pray for the ministry to the youth at the Diocesan Convention.