THAT YOUR JOY MIGHT BE FULL
5 “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
7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will* ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
11 These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.
What an incredible description of prayer, and ultimately a description of life itself. Jesus made things very clear, without Him we could do nothing, with Him we bare amazing fruit, resulting in His amazing joy filling our lives.
When Parris and I were newly married we lived in Kerman, California surrounded by grape vineyards. There were many lessons to be learned from the vineyards but probably the greatest was this teaching on abiding in Christ which is a beautiful unfolding of our life of prayer. When harvest time came, the vines would be loaded down with beautiful ripe grapes, filled with the sweetest juice you could ever imagine. These grapes were the fruit of the farm and ultimately the glory of the farmer. The consumers would experience the joy of the fruit of the vine and the farmer would receive the glory. Today you and I are consuming the fruit of the vine, after all, that is what prayer is, drinking in the sweet wine that flows from the master’s grapes. What happens when you drink the wine, you are filled with joy. Who gets the glory for this intoxicating experience, of course it is the farmer, or in our case our Heavenly Father. This is what prayer is all about, I have a need and God has a vast supply.
Today, all of us live surrounded by the Lord’s heavenly vineyard, we live in the midst of His abundance everyday of our lives. Just like when I was in California in the grape vines, we are literally surrounded with His fruit. The farmer across the street from us would not harvest the row of grapes at the edge of the field, he left that for all of the bible students at the seminary. The entire harvest season we could eat grapes to our heart’s content. I think the Lord has left a row for your enjoyment, go ahead a pick a cluster. Before long, you will be filled with joy and the farmer will be glorified, that is what life is all about.