THURSDAY, APRIL 29
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)
I AM THE TRUE VINE: KEEP PRAYING IN HIS WILL
Ida M. Clark writes that she was still overwhelmed with grief as she approached the church on the Sunday morning after her mother had died. Just outside the door, a 7-year-old boy met her. He stopped, planted his feet solidly on the path in front of her, and with tearful eyes looked up at her. “I prayed for your mother,” he said, “but she died.” For a moment, the sorrowing woman just wanted to scoop him up in her arms and cry with him, but she could see he was seriously disturbed because he thought his prayers had not been answered. So she quickly and quietly lifted her heart in a silent petition, “O Lord, give me the right answer!” Then she said to the boy very solemnly, “You wanted God to do His best for my mother, didn’t you?” He nodded slowly. “Son, He answered your prayer. His best for her was to take her home to live with Him.” The lad’s eyes lit up as he replied, “That’s right, He did!” Then off he ran to meet his friends, content that God had taken her to Heaven. (Stephen Wright, Where is the God of Elijah?)
Mike taught us in the sermon, when we abide in Christ and Christ’s word abides in us, we will pray according to God’s will. God always answers prayers that are in line with His will. Effective prayer is about being comfortable with God and comfortable with God’s word.
When Jesus taught the disciples to pray, He taught them to start with “Our Father.” The most important part of your prayer life is your intimacy with our Heavenly Father. How is your relationship with your Heavenly Father?
The Lord’s Prayer is found in Matthew 6:9-13. Let that be your prayer to God today.