A very familiar scripture has been on my mind today. It is found in John 15:7.

But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted. NLT

Most of us are familiar with this scripture. Yet, I wonder if we have ever really meditated on the fulness of it and what it entails. Or do we skip to the you may ask what you want part, without acknowledging the rest.

We all want our prayers answered. We all want to be able to quote the Word of God and see it come to pass. However, we must remember, some scriptures, like this one, are conditional. We must do our part so that God can do His part.

Yes, this promise says we can ask what we want, and it will be given us to…IF we remain in God and His Word and they remain in us. The condition is we remain in Him, consumed by Him and His Word remains in us…saturates us completely.

Let’s look at it in a couple more translations.

I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples. (Message)

I am the Vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him bears much fruit, for [otherwise] apart from Me [that is, cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken off] branch and withers and dies; and they gather such branches and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you remain in Me and My words remain in you [that is, if we are vitally united and My message lives in your heart], ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified and honored by this, when you bear much fruit, and prove yourselves to be My [true] disciples. (AMP)

Each translation depicts a vital key to seeing our prayers answered every time, abiding in God and His Word. To abide means to dwell, rest, and continue, to continue permanently in the same state, firm, fixed and immovable.

Are you abiding in God?  Are you dwelling in His presence?  Are you resting in Him?  Are you permanently fixed, firm and immovable in His presence…in Him?

If you are abiding in God and His Word, you can ask for what you will (according to God’s Word) and it will be given to you. However, today if you find you are not really abiding in God and His Word, that’s an easy fix.

You can make the change today. Make a firm decision to set aside time to spend with God and in His Word. Ask Holy Spirit to teach you to remain in God. He will show you the way. It can be as simple as making time for God. Putting Him first. Resting in Him. Talking with Him, as you would a friend. Fixing your heart and mind upon Him each day.  Small and simple steps can go a long way. Little changes can produce enormous results.

Jesus came that we could have access to the Father. That we could ask and receive, that our joy would be full. He also gave us the way to do just that. Abide in Him and allow His Word to abide in us.

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