Yesterday I was reading “Desiring God” by John Piper and I had a revelation. Piper was talking about prayer and how it evokes power in the Christian life. The purpose of prayer is to accomplish a mission, a mission of love. You see, I never really thought of prayer in this perspective. Prayer provides the power to do what we love. For me it’s music, for others it may be something else. Jesus encourages us to “ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” The answer to this joy is by seeking it through love. I want my ministry in music to be filtered through God’s love and providence. When I put him before my needs it’s left with a joy that does not recoil. If we have this as our focal point, the connection of prayer and fruit bearing will come to fruition. Isn’t that what we hope to accomplish in this life, to bear fruit where God places us? Lord, help me to purse fruit that is abounding to your glory! My gift of singing is not to make me known, it’s to make Him known and lay before Him the glory due His name. When you stop to ponder this truth, I am certain that you too will have a changed perspective on the power of prayer in your life and its connection with bearing fruit. Our purpose in this life is to reflect Christ as mirrors, reflecting back to Jesus the radiance of his worth. I challenge you to make this be your “Mission of Love.” Whatever it is that God has placed in your life, use it as an opportunity to long after the bigger prize, fruit bearing.
“I send you to bear fruit… so that whatever you ask the Father… he may give you.” John 15:16
Hope you have a blessed week!