Stay Intentionally Focused and Live In The World Of My Word.
This simple message reveals the secret to having your prayers answered.
‘If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you shall ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.’ John 15:7.
And 1 John 3:23, 24 tells us how can know that we are abiding. Firstly through obeying the command to believe and secondly by revelation from the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
The opening statement reflects the two instructions Jesus gave in John 15:7. In order to abide you must be intentionally focused on your vital union with Jesus.
Paul tells us that the issue of abiding is settled because we are a new creation and that new creation just abides (lives) in Christ. 2 Cor 5:17
We also must take communion often. Jesus instructs that whoever ‘eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in Me, and I in him.’ John 6:56.
These scriptures settle the issue that we are abiding in Christ if we keep this knowledge fresh in our mind and heart. It is an automatic dwelling and meets the first requirement of answered prayers.
Secondly, Jesus said: ‘and My words abide in you.’ This is a clear instruction to spend copious amounts of time reading and meditating on scripture. I believe that we need at least an hour each day doing this.
It takes time to live in the world of God’s Word, but for those who do take the time find that the Word has a way of attaching to us. The example of the blessed man in Psalm 1 in clear. In verses 1-3 he refuses to listen to or associate with the ungodly, the sinful or the scornful. He delights to spend day and night reading and meditating on the Word of God. God answers his prayers because verse 4 tells us the outcome of this behaviour: Whatever he does prospers!
Again Joshua is instructed by a direct conversation with the Lord to do exactly the same thing: Meditate in the Word day and night. The result of obedient living: prosperity and good success. Joshua 1:8.
This is the wisdom of God and the master key to answered prayer. Abiding in Him and His Word.
Try it for yourself and you will see a massive difference in your life and be full of stories of answered prayers.