John 15:7 “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you”
God will give us even our good desires, but we have to be at a place to receive it. If that was not true,what would explain the fact that Hezekiah was granted a 15 year extension to his life when he asked that from the Lord. Consider also Moses who boldly asked God to show him His glory and got what he asked for. Not everyone could have made that request and have it granted. It takes having favor with God. Moses said to God in Exodus 33:13, if I have found favor in thy sight, then show me your glory. It is clear that the condition on which the request was granted was because Moses found favor with God, the same is true of King Hezekiah. Asking and receiving your good desires takes not only faith, but also favor.
John 15:7 gives us two keys to asking what we will and see it being done. The first is to “Abide in Him and let His word abide in us”. Abiding in him is actualized by living in His presence. We can open ourselves to answered prayers when we make it a habit to spend time in His presence. Moses set for us the example, he spent much time in God’s presence. At one time he spent 40 days in God’s presence without food or water and then repeated the same shortly after.
The second key to answered prayer is to let His word abide in you; that means obeying the word of God. You cannot get answered prayers living however you please; you will lose favor with God if you do that. Hezekiah, like Moses, was consistent in living by the word of God. 2 Kings 18:3 said of Hezekiah, “and he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that David his father did.
Now it is clear how we should position ourselves for answered prayers. In addition to faith, practice the two keys that Jesus gave to us in John 15:7: they will unlock the favor of God and get us the answers to our prayers.
Life Application: Practice daily the keys of living in God’s presence and living by His every word.
Prayer: Lord, your word is a teacher, a sword, a guide and so much more. Thank you for pointing us to the keys of life and showing us how our prayers can and will be answered. I choose to live by your word and stand in faith that you will fulfil that which you have declared. In Jesus name, amen.