“If you remain in me and my words remain in
You, ask whatever you wish and it will be given you.”
(John 15:7 NIV)
Jesus tells us we can ask things of Him in several places throughout the Gospels. One of my favorite passages is the one above. In the King James Version, the word “abide” appears for the verb “remain”. I find comfort in both words.
When our son was young, I worked in another city. I had about an hour trip home in the evenings. Some nights, I had a meeting to attend. When I arrived home at 5:00, I had to pick him up from the sitter’s. Do something about suppereither cook or drive through a restaurant and leave home to get to either prayer meeting, women’s missionary meeting, or a committee meeting for a board I sat on. Looking back, I felt as if I was ‘touching base’ when I came through the front door and quickly left again.
Sometimes, we approach God in the same way. We mentally run up to His throne and say a few words and turn around and run onto the next item on our agenda. He wants us to spend time in our places of prayer. The time we spend with the Father energizes us, strengthens us for what lies ahead, and gives us peace about the issues of our lives