Abiding in Christ vs legalism

Knowing God through His Word ... Day by Day

John 15:7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

John Piper asks, in a sermon “Praying From The Fullness of The Word”

Do I really know—have I really experienced—what Jesus means by the Word abiding in me? Do I experience—do you experience—day in and day out the dynamic relationship between the indwelling Word and answers to prayer? Do you know from experience what this is?

In Prayer Week of 1987 we did a survey at Bethlehem and asked, for example, How much time per week do you spend reading the Bible? 255 people took the survey. 21% said fewer than 15 minutes (a week!). Another 25% said 15-30 minutes a week. So 46% of our people in 1987 were spending fewer than five minutes a day reading God’s Word. When asked about time…

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