Jesus said, "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you willask what you desire, and it shall be done for you." (John 15:7 NKJV) This is very familiar and famous verse to us Christians. However, have we really thought of the impact that it has in our prayer life?
The Greek term menō (men'-o) is a primary verb: to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy): - abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand, tarry.
This is one of Jesus’ favorite words was menō, often translated “remain,” “stay,” or “abide.” It describes a profound, intimate, and enduring relationship.
In the Holy Bible, this verse speaks about the power of prayer... but most importantly, it is the Master Key of Prayer.
The blessed privilege, which those have that abide in Christ in the above verse:
1.) Those that abide in Christ as their heart's delight shall have, through Christ, their heart's desire. If we have Christ, we shall want nothing that is good for us. This promise implies two things: - First, That if we abide in Christ and his word in us, we shall not ask any thing but what is proper to be done for us. The promises abiding in us lie ready to be turned into prayers; and the prayers so regulated cannot but speed. Second, That if we abide in Christ and his word we shall have such an interest in God's favor and Christ's mediation that we shall have an answer of peace to all our prayers.
How our union with Christ is maintained - by the word: If you abide in me; he had said before, and I in you; here he explains himself, and my words abide in you; for it is in the word that Christ is set before us, and offered to us, as was said in Romans 10:6-8 “But the righteousness that is by faith says: "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?'“(that is, to bring Christ down) "or 'Who will descend into the deep?' "(that is, to bring Christ up from the dead) But what does it say?”The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,"that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: It is in the word that we receive and embrace him; and so where the word of Christ dwells richly there Christ dwells. If the word be constant guide and monitor, if it be in us as at home, then we abide in Christ, and he in us.
2.) How our communion with Christ is maintained - by prayer: You shall ask what you will, and it shall be done to you. In addition, what can we desire more than to have what we will for the asking?
Jesus said to Peter in Matthew 16:19 "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will bebound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."
This power and authority was given not only to Peter but also to all the rest of us Christians who are abiding in Christ and in His Word.
It is also very interesting to note that prayer is not a monologue. It is a dialogue between you and God. Andrew Murray in his classic book "With Christ in the School of Prayer" wrote: "Prayer is an appeal to the friendship of God."
Are you a friend of the needy, the orphan, or the widows? Then for sure, you have a special friendship with our Lord God.
When we pray, we speak to our God, and when we read the Word (The Holy Bible)... the Lord God speaks to us. It is actually a dialogue between us and God. Jesus Christ emphasized in John 15 verse 5 "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."
Abiding in Jesus and in His Words will enable us to have access with all the blessings that God has in store for us.
How often do we pray and what is the importance of prayer in our life?
I will leave it to you to answer that question for yourself.
But generally, the Holy Bible has an answer to that: 1 Thess 5:17 says, "Pray continually,) in some translations it say... pray always or pray without ceasing... that means as often as you can... the word of God says... "always" that means every moment we breath if we are in Christ and really doing what he requires of us to believe in Him and doing what is right in His eyes... our hearts and minds belong to Christ... there is no reason why we cannot pray and praise God continuously.
Why do we pray? There are twofold uses of prayer such as:
1.) We pray to obtain strength and blessings for our own lives.
2) We pray to have intercession which is the higher and true glory of prayer for which Christ Jesus has taken us into His fellowship; the royal power of a child of God exercises in heaven on behalf of others and even of the kingdom.
When we bless others, we can count on the blessing of God for ourselves. Jesus said... " ... It is more blessed to give than to receive." (Acts 20:35 NKJV)
The Greek term makarios (mak-ar'-ee-os) (G3107): blessed. This adjective pertains to a state or condition of joy and happiness. It implies that the blessed person is in favorable, pleasant, and fulfilling circumstances. It can range from emotional joy to a more sedate, virtuous attitude. There is also often an implication that the person is in a right covenant relationship with God. See also Hebrew ’ashrey (0835).
Being in a right covenant relationship with God and possessing the master key of prayer... we can be assured of God's answers in our prayers, where signs and wonders will follow us.
Hebrews 11:6 says, "But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him."
We have the liberty to claim the blessings that really belong to us as children and heirs of God.
An Effective Prayer
The Lord Jesus said in Matthew 7:7-8 said "Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened." (NLT)
Pray and do not doubt for the power of prayer is dependent on your faith.
couturepopcafe on September 06, 2010:
I found this hub to be well written and informative without the emotion which often surrounds this type of narrative. I respectfully ask your perspective on the following: We are made in the image and likeness of God who is infinite, who always was, who cannot be created or destroyed. We therefore must also be infinite. One cannot 'see' without believing, by believing, one sees. So our lives/the way we live/our happiness is determined by our connection to the Divine Spirit, the One. The Free Will of the Bible is ours completely and we may choose to be enlightened through Love or live in darkness/negativity. We will never be gone forever because we are infinite but the outcome of that forever is what is in question.
Alecs Johnson (author) from New Mexico on February 13, 2010:
Amen to that A M Werner. I agree with you and I can see that your marriage is founded in a rock solid faith and trust in the Lord. Thank you very much for your wonderful comment. :) Peace and blessings to you and your family in Christ Jesus.
Allen Werner from West Allis on February 13, 2010:
Abiding is such a wonderful and endearing lesson. My wife is currently in Hawaii, and has been for a month now. There is a faith and trust between us because we know that although we are apart in body, we are together in spirit - we abide in one another. The same is true with the Lord. There is a confidence and faith that goes both ways when we abide in one another. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. We can't wait to be reunited with the Lord (just like I can't wait to be reunited with my wife). We look forward with great expectation to that day. We hold onto to that hope of renewal and not the absence we currently reside in. Peace.