John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
Insight on the Word
The promise is “ask what ye will,” plainly teaching that answered prayer is up to the child of God as to what he wants. While this may seem strange to modern day believers, this is in perfect harmony with promises of both testaments. A true Christian can get what he wants as well as what he needs (Psalm 34:9-10; Psalm 84:11; Matthew 21:22; Mark 11:22-24; John 14:12-15; Hebrews 11:6; James 1:5-8; 1 John 3:21-22; 1 John 5:14-15).
Notice there are conditions to this kind of prayer power. The first condition is: “If ye abide in me,” That is we are to live conscience of the ever living Christ who lives within our hearts. For everything we think, say, do and wherever we go, we should simply be guided by the popular phrase: what would Jesus do? The second condition is: “and my words abide in you.” Fulfilling this condition is to read, meditate, ponder, and study the Word of God; and then to live our lives in accordance with that Word. The Word of God fills us with faith (Romans 10:17), which is the enabling power of answered prayer.
Abiding in Christ gives us access to the Father (Ephesians 2:18), and by abiding in the Word of God we have a faith basis upon which to pray (1 John 5:14). This kind of life develops us into believers that will only ask those things which are clearly God’s will. For Christ and His Word continually guide us in all his ways.
Decide now to live this day abiding in Christ and in obedience to His Word. A life lived in this fashion has tremendous prayer power, for you shall “ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”
Speak the Word — I ask what I will and receive because I abide in Christ and His Word abides in me. (John 15:7)
Daily Bible Reading — Genesis 10 – 11