Condition for Answered Prayer

John 15:7-8.

If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be My disciples.

Too many times, Christians pray and ask God for something, only to be disappointed and discouraged. God’s promise isn’t working for them. The problem is, they’re only looking at the last half of v. 7, which says that whatever we ask, God will do.

They overlook the condition clause: “If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you. . .”

The abiding, remember, is to pitch one’s tent, to make a permanent dwelling. The condition for answered prayer is that we must be abiding in Him; AND His words must be abiding in us.

I have an acquaintance who has called herself my friend, but I never heard from her unless she had something she needed me to do for her. I used to feel I should cooperate, in the name of friendship, but not any more. You see, there is no basis on which we can build a relationship when she only contacts me to get me to do some task she isn’t equipped to do herself. Or that she just doesn’t care to do herself. So now, I don’t respond. And my lack of response has opened a chasm between us that apparently she doesn’t care to try to cross. We do not abide in each other; therefore, there is no basis on which she can hope to ask me for help.

That’s what happens when we fail to abide in Christ. When we do not abide, then His words do not abide in us. There is no basis upon which we can ask Him for whatever it is we need. We haven’t met the condition He has set for our prayers to be answered.

Jesus went on to say that our abiding in Him, and His words in us, and thereby our fruit bearing, will glorify the Father. Our relationship with Jesus brings glory to the Father. To glorify the Father was always Jesus’ primary goal for His walk on earth.

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