WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
“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
ABIDING IS ASKING
At a church in Kentucky, a little boy got a little too rambunctious during the worship service. His father picked the boy up and started for the door. As they were heading down the aisle, the boy said, at the top of his voice: “Ya’ll pray for me now!!!!”
Some people approach prayer like this little boy, when there is a crisis. Other people approach prayer like they do a soft drink machine. You put in your money, you make your selection, you punch the button, and you wait for your soft drink to drop out of the machine. The whole transaction takes a few seconds. If the soft drink doesn’t drop out of the machine, you get ticked-off. You push the machine. You hit it, and if that doesn’t work, you just walk off mad.
Jesus’ promise of answered prayer in John 15 has two halves, a condition and a result. The condition is the “if” clause, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you.” The result is the “then” clause, “ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” Prayer is about an abiding and dependent relationship with God. It is also about letting the word of God shape our desires and our prayers.
Ruth Bell Graham, the wife of Billy Graham once said, “If God answered every prayer of mine, I would have married the wrong man seven times!” Pastor Bill Hybels in his book “Too Busy Not Pray” provided this insight into prayer, “For those who are in a relationship with Him He answers every prayer either, “No (if request is wrong), Slow (timing is wrong), Grow (you are wrong) or Go (all are right)!” The closer I abide in Him and the more His word shapes my mind, the more I will see my prayers answered. Spend some time today talking to God about the deepest desires of your heart. Ask God how those desires line up with His desires for your life.