Thought for the Day #272
John 15:7-8 (New American Standard Bible)
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.”
It has been said that we should never underestimate the power of words. They are instruments of power and authority, direction and guidance, joy or judgment.
They can bless and encourage or wound and destroy. The same word can carry numerous messages, depending upon the attitude or tone of voice applied. We should use them wisely.
The words of God, delivered to us by the Lord Jesus Christ, are more important than any we will ever speak or hear. They are both wisdom and life. They are pure and uncontaminated. They are incarnate in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Redeemer.
His abiding words within us become such a part of our being that we can understand the mind of Christ. The will of God is revealed to our understanding. We then act in harmony with his will according to his direction and purpose.
We present our petitions as Jesus would and pray according to the will of the heavenly Father. Therefore, we do not pray selfishly, or ask God to act outside of his divine will, which he cannot do.
Jesus said that if we abide in him, then his words will abide (take up residence) in us. We may ask what we desire and it will be done.
When we abide in his words we actually live in the parameters of his purpose. Therefore asking as Jesus would, the Father answers us as he would respond to Jesus, his only begotten son.
Digest the word of God as the bread of life. Let it be transformed into spiritual truth and energy. It will become so integrated into your life that His word will abide within you continually. Then, ask what you will, and you shall have it because you ask as Jesus would. Effective prayers bring forth much fruit.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, help me to absorb and digest your words. I want to be so saturated with your truth that I abide in you continually. Help me to be aware of your presence that I might ask for the proper things. I want your words to abide in me. I ask this in the name of Jesus, my Lord and Redeemer. Amen.