Jesus promised, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (John 15:8). That’s a pretty potent promise, don’t you think? Let’s take a closer look at it.
Abiding is an interesting concept. How would you describe it? Allow me a moment to take a stab at a description of abiding.
My family abides in our house. We live there. We’re comfortable there. We decorate rooms according to our individual personalities. We rearrange furniture to fit us. We inhabit that house and make it what it is: a home. It is the dwelling place for us.
Is that how God’s Words are in you? Are they at home in you? Do they dwell in you and form you and change you? Do they make the necessary adjustments in your life to accommodate God? Are His Words truly abiding in you?
Think about it. If that really is how God’s Words are inside you, then, of course, you can ask whatever you want and see it happen, because what you want is being shaped and formed by His Word. You’re not being led by your carnal, fleshly desires. Instead, His Words are leading and guiding you. They are abiding inside you, shaping and forming your thinking and desires. When that happens, then you can ask for whatever you want and it will be done. Why? Because you want what He wants.
At that point you’re not asking for stuff that will gratify your sinful cravings. You’re asking for the things that the Lord wants. So you can fully expect to see it happen.
Are His Words abiding in you?