Prayer: LORD, You are my source of daily spiritual nourishment and strength. A branch does not have to struggle or expend effort, but receives nourishment from the vine, its source, as a natural process of living. In the same way, help me draw from You, my source, those things that I need each day as a natural process of living in relationship with You. I thank You for the fruit I will bear as a natural and expected result of being connected to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:1-5 NIV)