After the challenging message that we looked at yesterday, we come to the recipe for guaranteed success. “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (John 15:7). WHAT A PROMISE!
During the course of Jesus’ ministry and training the disciples, there were times when they forgot what He said or the miracles He performed (Matthew 16:9; 26:75; Mark 8:18; Luke 22:61; 24:8). To overcome this ‘memory loss’ Jesus reminds them in John 15 that abiding in Him requires remembering His words. His words must “abide or remain” in them and in us.
I have heard many say that they have a hard time memorizing Scripture. I ask them, “did you forget your last meal?” We can come up with a thousand excuses, but the reality is that we always remember what is important to us. Job said, “I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my portion of food” (23:12). The word “treasured” means to “hide, conceal or store up.”
When Jesus’ words mean more to us than food, money, people and possessions, it will be easy to spend time planting His word in our hearts (Psalm 119:11). The man that God blesses will “delight in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night” (1:2). When this becomes true of us, then our request in prayer will be answered. “And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us” (1 John 5:14).
It is little wonder Jesus combined our abiding in Him with His Word abiding in us. What is on your menu for today? Will you select a large portion of God’s Word for your meal?
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