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A branch must stay connected to the vine to bear fruit. It is the same with you.  John 15:4

Food, water and sleep! These are the basics for maintaining physical life. What’s required to maintain connection to Jesus? Step Eleven of Alcoholics Anonymous provides a clue:  “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God …”42

Remember the Mentor of Life? His purpose, using the Life Guidance System, is “to improve our conscious contact with God.”

Listening to the radio requires TUNING. The receiver is tuned to the specific frequency of the desired source. If one likes The Grand Ole Opry, one would tune to WSM 650 AM. To maintain connection to Jesus requires tuning of the heart and mind. This is accomplished primarily through prayer and meditation.

In the Bible “meditate” is a rather humorous picture word. Literally it means: a cow chewing its cud. So, meditation is the act of chewing a portion of the Bible over and over until it becomes a part of us. “Let the word of Jesus dwell in you, enriching your life and making you wise.”43

Prayer is conversation. Jesus taught us how to begin: “Our Father …”44

Praying is both speaking and listening to our Father. He knows us better than we know ourselves. “You shaped me inside and out.”45 So, no subject is “off limits”! If it concerns you, it concerns Him! Furthermore, prayer can take place anytime and anywhere. And yes, questions are encouraged!

Combining prayer with meditation is the preferred method. For example, the Manual talks about the use of money. So, it’s best to chew on its financial instruction while having a conversation with Father about your own finances.

Remember, A branch must stay connected to the vine to bear fruit.”

42 The Big Book
43 Colossians 3:16
44 Matthew 6:9
45 Psalm 139:13-14