How does that work?

Many of us in our lives, have needs that seem to go unmet.

We love the Lord but it seems like we are missing something.

Our first conscious need should be for the Lords presence.

Not money , or work, or even family. All those are acknowledged as important in this life, but they must come second to the Lord.

If we first seek the kingdom of God, which is in us, at salvation, all these other needs will be satisfied in the proper time.

Jhn 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.


The key word is “Abide.”

abide (v)

tolerate something: to find somebody or something acceptable or bearable

dwell: to live or reside in a place

await something: to wait for somebody or something


How do we abide?

1.Obedience and Love- both are required

Jhn 15:10

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

Jhn 15:12

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

2. Be prepared to be persecuted to keep that relationship

Jhn 15:20

Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

3. Where we abide is relevant- in the secret place, not the world

Psa 91:1 He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

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Secret Place of the Most High


When deep in prayer a Jewish man will put his prayer-shawl up over his head, and so doing  he brings together the fringes, the “tsit tsit,“ representing the Law of G-D and the Name of G-D.

A Jewish man will began to pray and in this fashion literary “shut out” the world around him! To be in the very presence of G-D!

Therefore when they pray under the “talit”, the prayer-shawl, they are literally, it’s like they are covering themselves with the presence of G-D!

In Matthew 6:6,  Yeshua/Jesus is talking about praying and He said:

But thou, when thou pray, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which sees in secret shall reward thee openly.

The Greek word here for “closet” is the Greek Word “temian”.  It is literally mean an inner chamber or “secret Room” (It is not meant by your closet in your room at home)

It is a closet in yourself with the covering of the “talit”!

Prayer is an intense intimate personal inner action between G-D and men! Prayer is dialog, it means that men speak to G-D and G-D speaks to men

It is a conversation that occurs when a man is intensely focused entirely on communion with G-D, having “shut out” all the rest what is in the world­­­!

When a Jewish wraps himself in a “Prayer-mantle”, he is excluded from everything external! that his soul is consumed in thoughts about in reference toward G-D!


Prayer is the secret place of abiding.

Prayerlessness in a Christian leads to failure, both in his spiritual life, and his temporal life.

If we truly want to have our prayer requests met by God, then we need to spend time in intimate prayer with Him.

It is not a time just to recite words in a prepared prayer, although there is nothing wrong with structured prayer.

It is a time to communicate feelings and thoughts to God, wait for Him, and listen for His voice.

It is fellowship.

It is intimacy.

It is sharing and communication.

You spend time together.

You enjoy each other’s company.

The words prayed actually affect your spirit, and they have great meaning for you.

It changes your entire day.

When abiding becomes the center of your life, then you may ask what you want of the Father, in Jesus name, and it will be done to you.


25 Responses to “Abide”

  1. I have no idea how you all feel at present but i do know what i feel and that is: to get read of all my belongings .i have tones of thing i do not need so much in fact that it does not fit in the house .i have it in storage in the back and side of my house .for a while I have being thinking of giving it away or sell it but human frailty has not so far allowed me because i think that i will need it.yet my heart is not at peace .i have a need to download all of this somewhere else and live with as little as i possibly can since i know that i must keep moving .the Lord has been telling me to get up and get out of the coastal area .He is showing me in the bible that he wants to punish all those who have being evil towards me .Everyday I fell like leaving it all behind and keep moving .I have no idea where I am going but fell pooled to get out of this province as far as i possibly can away from the ocean and from this godless people .

    • Rosa – I, too, had (and still have) the urge or sense that I needed to get rid of most of my belongings keeping only the simple basics. I moved a year ago inland from the ocean and north and got rid of a ton of “stuff” before I moved. If I had something I hadn’t used in a year I didn’t need it. Then I found myself donating boxes and boxes of more stuff even after I moved. And I still have a storage unit! and six unopened boxes in my home. But, more important than focusing on getting rid of “things” was, for me, to simplify my life in making more room for meditation and prayer. Moving and simplifying was the best thing I could have done, for me, to get out of a large city and move into a small community where the air is easier to breath. Life is more simple, and the people are very much aware of personal responsibility in the event of some sort of disruption or disaster, working toward and practicing a self sustaining community. I wish you well in finding your peace. 🙂


    • Rosa

      Do as the Lord leads you. I was wondering about the same thing, then one day, he told me to “occupy until I come.” So for me, I have to stay where I am at.

      each of us has a unique future and calling, and location to be in.

      best wishes.

  2. Marianne
    I wonder when you sleep. It should be very early in the morning in south dakota when you published this article.

    This article says It is not meant by your closet in your room at home.

    This is a message to Jesus in his next trip here. God says don´t go to Church and pray go into your bedroom and close the door and pray bacause Jesus will be the most hated man on earh on his next mission so God tells him to not invovle any Church in his life. Because maybe his Church will be hated to by his enemies. We in our Church knows that the New Testament is written only to Jesus in his next trip here.

    • I wake up in the middle of the night, and pray and read bible, read comments, and write about the Word of God.

      • I needed this. I believe Holy spirit told me a couple of weeks ago to spend 40 days on Interstate 40 praying this summer. I do not have the means and I have 6 children that have to go also. I am nervous but we are going and believing that G-d will provide. Actually my faith is closer to hope right now. I need all of the prayer support I can get. I have a lot of thoughts as to why I am doing this. I do not really want to know partly because of fear. I just want to go into it as a child obeying blindly without all of the details. This article helps me for a preparation time focus. Thank you. Shalom.

        • hi mom green

          Do not worry about you or your little ones.

          They are special to the Lord. If you place all your trust in Him, and make Him first, he will take care of you.

          This 40 day period is an important time.

          I believe you will have some experiences and revelations that will be important for your future welfare.

          Expect to be tested in your faith.

      • i’m in a place identified by some in ministry especially Beit Tehila a healing and restoration ministry they said this place is called the underworld a place where people go in the afterlife so they say but revelation 1:18 says Christ, this angel or demon thinks he’s fooled many but has been identified by scriptures. as revelation 9:11 by ministers of truth! Yeshua has authority there too & this ministry let this demon know. a place where it seems like i did nothing for the advancement of the kingdom of Christ. Shirley Weaver ministry described this situation similar to what revelation 6:8 describes. However romans 8:38-39 assures nothing will seperate the love of Christ from me, tracy laschell Powell nee Hodge. anyway the main comment i want to make: theres a jewish singer w/an anointed voice that sings secular music, his name is elliott yamin, believe he needs prayer his album is called idolator.

  3. Marianne, why does Paul then say that a man, covering his head when praying, dishonors it?
    Secondly, the greek definition from Strongs gives me the impression that it is only a real room and not some spiritual one.

    • gyod

      good question.

      At first, one would assume God is talking about head coverings like the prayer shawl.

      But then that would make no sense, since God instituted the instruction of he tsitsit and prayer shawl to being with.

      If you read further, you will see it is a discussion about men having long hair like women, and women having short hair like men.

      1Cr 11:14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?

      1Cr 11:15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for [her] hair is given her for a covering.

      • Here in Germany many women, who took this passage serious, put something on their heads, some just a small piece of cloth, some more like a scarf. One of the possible translations is a veil. So a woman should have her head veiled. The direct meaning of the word, translated as cover for men does not really make any sense.
        “Numbers 15:38 Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue: ”
        When I read that I do not actually see the necessity of a separate piece of clothing. I wonder whether this was really from the beginning and is not an invention of some Jews, who wanted to apear extra pious.
        Sometime I am downright frustrated because so many things I do not understand without the background knowledge that the writers of the bible thought everyone would know about.
        Paul says, long hair for a man is a shame unto him. Didn’t he know about the vow of a Nazarite, where not cutting the hair is one of the requirements to perform it?

        • hi gyod

          Looking at middle east dress today, we can see the traditional definition of dress. the arab men have a long body garment, and then a head covering which is separate.


          it would not have made sense for God to tell the jews to put fringes on the bottom of their body garment, because the fringes would get dirty, dragging along the ground.

          the fringes belonged on the head scarf. closer to where they could view the fringes and keep them in eye sight.

          I , living in 2012, do not understand the hair issue.

          but also remember paul was speaking to gentiles with pagan practices.

          in some cultures, men did wear long hair. example, not relevant to paul, but japanese warriors wore long hair. American indian men wore long hair.

          I am not sure what the corinthians did. but hair seemed to be an issue.
          it was obvious that some of the women shaved their heads, from paul’s comments.

          Did men wear long hair? I guess so, since Paul mentioned it

          I cannot comment on whether people should cover their head or not.

          Paul was also speaking as a jew, not a gentile.

          the spiritual concept of covering one’s head is to acknowledge that you are “under” another authority,,,,which is ultimately God.

          There are some denominations of christianity that still take this seriously, and require that the women keep their hair long.

          It is an unresolved issue to me.

  4. 1Cr 11:15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for [her] hair is given her for a covering. That is pretty plain talk here by Paul.

    Long hair is a “Glory” to woman and also to her Husband. She is veiled showing that she is betwrothed or Married and has a husband – so other men would know she is not available to them. If a woman cut her hair being a Jewish – she was more or less considered a Prostitute showing she was for sale to all men.
    A Nazerene man wore long hair to the shoulders etc. But Jewish women wore their hair down to the floor. As in cases in the bible when they washed Jesus feet with their hair. Samson was a Nazerene – he had long hair.
    Paul was just taking you to “Natural” laws of mankind. Nature teachs that Man with long hair down his back is feminine which leads to thinking he’s pretty and sexy. The flapper of the 1920’s like today were making a statement against God they was going to live it up with whatever man they wanted to. Then look at us today. Homosexuality is everywhere. But still the only universal sign in all the world between Men and Womans bathrooms is a dress on one and pants on the other door. Where we at ladies in this age of Crossdressing. This has only been popular since about early 1900 in American. And look at our Sodom condition. Men and Women you cannot tell them apart many times. If it is a sin for a man to be effeminate then what about a Woman be masculine-same thing. a perversion.
    Today people are not even satisfied with their sex they was born in.
    Look at Nature – you can usely tell pretty clear who the male is and female in most animals. Birds, lions, if you study them. Its only the creeping things that you cannot tell.

    I COR.9 ¶ Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

    I CORINTHIANS 11:16- But if any MAN seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.
    I CORINTHIANS 11:17 ¶ Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that YE COME TOGETHER not for the better, but for the worse.

    There was not such customs in that day but Natural things. If you had “Long Hair” is was a GLORY to you women. So that ought to make you want to wear long hair. And Men it is against Nature for you to have hair running down your back to waist. Remember Absolom – a rebellious son of David – His long hair got him killed. God wants us to be a Man or a Woman period.

    The EASIEST thing to do is just put on some descent clothes – thats easy – But in all my preaching experience and Teaching to different sects of people. Telling a woman about her Clothing and Her Hair will make a Women SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO mad they will tell you off right quick.
    And the men of today – has turned everything over to the woman – he just wants to watch football, and have a few beers and leave him alone. They put all the responsiblity upon the Woman. Reckon that is why they is so many divorces in Christian homes today. They honestly do not know how to be submissive to each other. Husbands love your wife as Christ also loved the Church and gave HIS life for it. Wives submit yourself unto your own husbands, as unto the LORD.
    Isa. 2and 3 tell of our day. women and men – Its right on.
    A dominating Female as in Jezebel of Old and New testaments is a Manifestation of the Spirit of Anti-christ – Men that will not rule their house well and take charge and treat their wives like door mats are Anti-christ as well. I don’t care what church you go to. that is the Word of God – Thus saith the Lord. You could teach on this for many hours. But the people hate is so.

  5. Lord bless you Sister Marianne – thank you and I Praise God for your response.

  6. Hi Marianne,

    Since the last time dru and you spoke to me, the days are much better though I still struggle every now and then. I have you (this site) and a few other Christians to thank for the company.

    I’ve finished a part of my journey and now am waiting at the fork for the next direction. And prayer is the only way I keep my “wisdom” from getting the better of me.

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  8. I read the lovely most beautiful way to pray in the secret place which to me is to close out the world and it’s nonsense I deal with throughout in my day and from within my heart I find my quite place at home to share my love for The Father through Jesus my Messiah and Personal Savior and friend.
    I found your site last night and it gave me the peace I needed to pray for my family (daily) to secure their opportunity to heaven. I spent the Easter with my family and see the spiritual distance between us. It was sad when my neice thought that to abstain forms sex before marriage was a joke. I explained that this girl was raised in church and understood the concept of obedience. Needless to say I was heartbroken yet awakened to the urgency to begin consistent prayer and quoting the word daily for their repentance. Thank you for your information on Jesus. Never quit. There’s always someone reading even if they don’t post. God Bless you from my heart to Gods Karin

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