by Janielle Beh on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at 10:59pm
Jesus said, 'If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given to you.' John 14:7
IF you abide in Me.
When we pray are we merely asking for what we THINK we want, or what we know GOD desires? In the first place, if I am not abiding in Christ, how can I know what He wills?
We are not supposed to be asking blindly. If God's words remain in us, what we ask for will be in line with His good purpose. The confusion and disappointment comes when we are asking the wrong thing, THINKING that it is the right thing, because we do not have God's Word hidden in our hearts.
That is the danger. Not when we ask the wrong thing, but when we think it is right and continue in our blindness. When we come back to the truth, God's Word always exposes what is in the darkness. It is never too late to make a new prayer.
If we abide in Him and His word is in us, we WOULD be living in accordance with God's will and purpose. And whatever we ask will be given, because as the next verse says, 'this is to the Father's glory.' Not our own. Not for our selfish benefit.
The problem arises when people treat God like some gumball-machine. Or come to Him when its convenient. Or when they are ALREADY in deep trouble. Its never too late, but why wait till disaster strikes when you can start now & perhaps avoid falling into such a situation?
First of all, abide in Christ. Sigh, but with all our distractions & a million preoccupations, that is really the hardest thing to do.
~ j a n i e ll e