“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” -- John 15:7 (KJV)
It is imperative that we abide in Christ, and apply His Word appropriately over our circumstances. As a result, we will be able to operate with complete victory in every area of our lives. Every spiritual, physical and financial need, that we ask him for each day, will be met exceedingly and abundantly above all. (Ephesians 3:20 KJV).
Abiding brings the blessing
Recognize the blessing as being the promise God made to every born again believer. The following is an example: A father takes his son to a store with him. While in the store, the son asked for a toy that he saw, to see if his Father could purchase it for him. The father’s reply to the child was, “I promise you that I will purchase the item the next time we come to the store.” (Refer to 2 Corinthians 1:20 KJV).
After several weeks had past, the father had to return back to the store, and he took his son with him. The son reminded his father that he had promised to purchase the toy for him the next time they came to the store (Refer to Isaiah 43:26 KJV). The father, knowing that he had to keep his promise, went ahead and purchased the toy for his son.
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Second Corinthians 1:20 says, “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.”
God's glory is displayed in Christ, as well as in a believer's confession of His Word. As we do so in faith, God will keep His promise and grant our petition(s). However, in order for us to be effective in our prayers, we must practice according to 2nd Timothy 2:15 (KJV), “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.”
In order to know the promises that are provided for us, we must search the bible to find the truth that fits our circumstances. If the child had reminded the father of a different promise that his father had made to him, he would not have received that particular toy. The child had to remind his father of the right promise in order for him to receive the right toy.
Remind him of the promise
A good example of this principle is that of the son reminding his father of his promise. Since his father made him the promise, the son had faith enough to believe, that the next time they came to the store, he would receive the toy.
According to Mark 11:24 (KJV), “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. The boy received the toy. Amen.
Dr. Ronald Hester is pastor of God's Way of Life Ministries in Orangeburg.