Monday, May 15, 2017

Ask what you Desire

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. John 15:7

The branch is ever dependent on the vine, relying on a constant flow of sap in order to be healthy, strong and productive! The same is true in the life of a Christian! If we are to have a healthy Christian life we must be ever dependent on the Lord Jesus Christ! How? Notice two conditions the Lord gives here. 

First, “if you abide in Me…” there must be a constant and consistent abiding. This speaks of daily communication, dependence and intimacy with the Lord. This is the only way to maintain the constant flow of the sap to the vine. In the life of the believer if the Spirit of God is grieve because of sin or quenched because of self, it will hinder Him from empowering the Christian to bear fruit.

The second condition the Lord gives for open channels in prayer is, “and My words abide in you…” This is connected to the importance of being in the Word and the Word being in us! His words abiding in us, means that we are governed by the instruction of the Word of God! The Christian who is abiding in Christ is and is controlled by His Word is not going to ask anything against God’s will, he wants what God wants! The Psalmist put it this way, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Ps. 37:4). When we delight in Him, He implants within us the right desires and then fulfills them. His desires become our desires and transform our will to conform to His will!

We may wonder why our prayers are not answered, and in some cases they may be answered and we just don’t like the answer! But here in our verse we see two perquisites for prayer, abiding in Him and His words to abide in us! If we are not fully abiding and seeking His mind we are not fulfilling these two perquisites. May we cultivate these in our lives that we may bear fruit even in our prayer lives!

Tim Hadley Sr.

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