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Our Journey Online - October 16, 2013

  • 2013 Oct 16


The Life That Can Pray

18Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. 19By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; 20for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. 21Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; 22and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. 23And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. 24Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us. —1 John 3:18-24

Here on earth, the success of someone asking a favor for another depends entirely on his character and the relationship he bears to the person for whom he is interceding. What he is gives weight to what he asks. It is no different with God. Our power in prayer depends on our lives. Where our lives are right we will know to pray as to please God, and prayers will secure the answer. The Scriptures quotes above all point in this direction. “If ye abide in me,” our Lord said, “Ye shall ask . . . and it shall be done unto you.” It is the prayer of the righteous man, according to James, that avails much. We receive “Whatsoever we ask,” John said, because we obey and please God. All lack of power to pray correctly and perseveringly, all lack of power in prayer with God, indicates some lack in the Christian life. As we learn to live the life that pleases God, God will give us what we ask for. Let us learn from our Lord Jesus, in the parable of the vine, what the healthy, vigorous Christian life is, and how it may ask and receive whatever it desires. Hear His voice: “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” And again at the close of the parable, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you” (John 15:16 KJV).

What port of life it is, according to the parable, that we must lead to bear fruit, and then to ask and receive whatever we desire? What must we be or do, that will enable us to pray as we should, and to receive what we ask for? The answer is in these words: the branch life gives power for prayer. We are branches of Christ, the Living Vine. We must simply live like branches—abide in Christ—then we will ask what we will, and it will be done unto us. —Andrew Murray


·         Am I living a life that could be considered “abiding?” What evidence do I have to support this?

·         What prayers of mine are unanswered? Are there obedience issues in that area of my life?

Prayer – Heavenly Father, thank You that You always hear me when I pray. I thank You that You don’t always answer my prayers so You can show me things You see in me that I don’t see in myself. Help me to see more of those things You want to change in me so I can live an abiding life and experience true power in prayer. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Always True&#58; 5 Great and Precious Promises of God
Always True: 5 Great and Precious Promises of God 

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What if you believed—truly believed with all confidence that God is with you? How would today go for you if you knew without a doubt that God is in control? What would be different in your life if you were sure God is watching and good? What would you risk if you were certain God is victorious? 

Just how would believing God’s promises change your life?  

Ask the greatest Christian you’ll ever meet if they hold on to God’s promises and they’ll all say yes. Believing that God will do what He promises leads to a great life. The greatest Christian you’ll every meet knows, treasures, and is resting in the promises of God. They cling to these assurances that God gives His people so they can walk by faith while they wait for Him to work.

So what exactly does God promise?  In this topical study of what will always be true, Pastor James MacDonald will explore five great and precious promises that God keeps. Enter into this study with anticipation and faith that the God who makes these promises is faithful and true... always true.


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