The Power of Abiding | Christian Articles | Inspiration Ministries
Back To Articles

The Power of Abiding

by Marilynn Chadwick

I often go to God with big prayer requests — for family, friends, and anyone who needs His help. I believe God answers prayers and gives breakthroughs to His people when we come boldly to His throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16).

But in John 15, Jesus points us to our relationship with Him as the starting point for prayer. Calling Himself the true vine” (v. 1), He reminds us that we’re His branches. And branches can’t bear any fruit if disconnected from the vine.

In my busy, noisy world, I’m prone to blow right past this relationship with Jesus in my prayers. He stops me dead in my tracks with these words:

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you” (v. 7).

“Abide” is from the Greek word meno, which means to “remain or dwell.” We’re to make our home in Jesus, planting ourselves in Him and allowing His words to take root in us. This sets up the condition both for faithful living and for answered prayer.

When we abide in Him, we’re more likely to be praying His will. And I’m struck by the fact that Jesus uses the word abide 11 times in the first 10 verses of John 15. If I tell my kids something 11 times, you can bet I mean it!

Here are a few thoughts on what “abiding” looks like for me:

1. I carve out time to spend in God’s Word each morning. Then I try to keep in step with His leading and be alert to His whispers throughout my day.
2. I’m fierce with my Sabbath, taking a day off each week to rest, reflect, and abide.
3. I’m willing to let a few of life’s external things slide a bit in order to abide more fully in Jesus. Care of my soul has to become more important than caring for my image.

Jesus promises that when you practice abiding in Him, God will be glorified and you’ll bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be My disciples” (v. 8). That’s the kind of life I want, don’t you?

Related Articles

Hope That Never Quits

Perfect Peace in Stormy Times

Breaking Free from Fear


Marilynn Chadwick is the founder of Seeds of Hope, a non-profit that provides education for kids with big dreams but lacking in resources. Learn more at




If you would like one of our anointed prayer ministers to support you as you lift your voice in prayer, please click on the link below.  

Prayer Request

US / Canada:
+1 803-578-1800

UK / International:
+44 (0) 84 5683 0584

For more life-changing stories and Bible teaching, tune in to Inspiration TV or our new Inspiration TV on Demand (VOD)!

Watch Inspiration TV Live

Check Out Inspiration TV on Demand

You can watch our powerful programming on either Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, via livestream at, or on the Inspiration TV mobile app — click here for all the ways to watch!

Be Encouraged Daily! Sign-Up For Our Devotionals