“Abide in me, and I in you.” John 15:4
What does it mean to abide in God? It means to include Him in every aspect of our lives. Many of us only include God in specific areas of our lives instead of all areas of our lives. We don’t include God in everything for various reasons: we think certain things are too trivial for God and that He doesn’t care or we don’t believe that God can change some things in our lives, so we don’t bring them to Him. But God truly cares about every aspect of our lives and wants us to live for and abide in Him, which means praying to God about everything!
Many of you might be familiar with the Heidelberg catechism. One part says,
“He also watches over me in such a way, that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my father in heaven.”
Think about that! God is so present in our lives and cares for us so deeply and intimately that not even a hair can fall from our heads without God knowing about it. Just as the father of a child knows every scrape and bruise, birthmark and freckle on their own child, God is the same way with us. He knows us even more than a father or mother knows their child. God knows our hearts and our inmost being, and God wants us to abide in Him and tell Him everything about our lives.
Jesus is our perfect example of how to abide in God. He took everything to God in prayer. He prayed for others, for Himself, for things to be taken away and for things to be given. Jesus didn’t leave anything out.
Next time you pray, don’t feel like you have to be formal. God wants you to come to Him vulnerable and like a child. Don’t have a filter! Tell Him everything. The good and the bad, things you want, what you’re thankful for, what you’re struggling with, the people in your life etc. etc. Know that when you come to God in prayer He is listening and cares.