Thought for the Day #260
John 15: 7-8 (New American Standard Bible)
7“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8“My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.
Many Christians have read this verse, only to become frustrated because they asked God to do many things that never happen.
We seem to have a tendency to take part of a verse and try to apply it without paying attention to the entire scripture. It is obvious that there is a condition to this promise. That condition is plainly stated. ”If you abide in Me and my words abide in you.”
The secret of asking effectively when we petition the Lord requires us to meet the qualifications of His promise. In this case it is very important that we, the petitioner, walk in the active command to "abide" in Him.
The word “abide” means to “continually dwell within”. When we abide as commanded in the scripture, we know the mind of Jesus. His will is understood, enabling us to pray according to His purpose. The harmony and unity of abiding in Christ and allowing the word of God to abide in us, activates our faith and enhances effective prayer.
As a result, we ask properly and receive the answer because we ask according to God's purpose.
If your prayer seems to be an effective, seek to draw close to the Lord. Deliberately seek his presence in your life. Saturate yourself with the scriptures, His Word, that you might have clear understanding of his message.
The keyword is "abide". The secondary word is to "ask". The result is answered prayer. This glorifies the Father through the fruit that is produced and certifies our discipleship.
Dear heavenly Father, teach me how to abide in your presence continually. Help me to read your scriptures faithfully and to understand what they say to me. I know I've been guilty of asking you for things without abiding in your presence. I want to be a productive disciple and glorify you. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.