One of the foundational disciplines of a D-group is prayer. One of the first prayer promises that I committed to memory when I was a college student at LSU was 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 15:7, ESV)
This promise from Jesus seems too good to be true; but it is true! At first glance, it seems that Jesus is saying that we can bring our “wish list” to Him and He will grant whatever we desire. But is He really saying that?
Notice that this promise from Jesus is conditional. Meaning if you and I will be careful to meet His conditions, He will be faithful to do what He promises. So in this case when we abide in Him and His Word abides in us, He will grant our petitions.
Abide In Jesus
The first condition is that we abide in Jesus. Other translations use “continue” or “remain” rather than “abide.” But what does it mean to continue or remain in Jesus? It means to stay in constant fellowship or communion with Jesus. It means to stay connected to Jesus knowing that all of the life-giving resources we require for spiritual life our found in Him. It means that His life will work in and through our lives to produce fruit.
Let His Word Abide In You
We are to not only abide in Jesus, but we are to let His Word abide in us. But what does it mean to let the Word of Jesus abide in us?
It means to allow His Word to find a dwelling place in your life. It means to fill your mind with the truth of God’s Word so that you can see things from His viewpoint. It means seeing everything through the lens of God’s truth as revealed in His Word.
Praying With Power
I heard Adrian Rogers say many years ago, “Make His wants your wants, then ask what you want!” When you and I strive to meet the condition of this verse, we can come boldly and confidently to the throne of grace!
14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16, ESV)
I love what the Apostle John writes in the epistle of 1st John.
14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. (1 John 5:14-15, ESV)
When we abide in Jesus and His Word abides in us, we can pray with confidence, knowing that God will answer our prayers.
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