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)
Will you remain in me? Will you allow my words to remain in you? Those are two very important questions. You must not take them lightly or pass over them quickly. I want to you to deeply consider these questions. Why is that? I don’t doubt the importance of these questions. I would like you to teach me why they are vitally important. You have used a good word. What word was that? You used the word vitally. The word vitally is closely related to the word vitality. Do you want to live vitally connected to me so that your life is filled with my vitality? I want to live my life vitally connected to you. I want to live a life filled with your vitality. What would that look like? How will I know if I am vitally connected to you? How can I be certain that I am living a life filled with your vitality? Those are all very good questions.
To live your life vitally connected to me, my word must remain in you. You must let my word dwell in your richly. You must hunger and thirst for my word. You must feast on my word. You must allow my word to change your heart and transform your mind. How can I do all of that? If you meditate on my word day and night it will change your heart and transform your mind. You will know the truth of my word and it will set you free to live your life fully with and for me. My thoughts will become your thoughts. My ways will become your ways. You will know me. You will know and do my will.
You asked, “How will I know if I am vitally connected to you?” Yes, I did. As my word remains in you, your thoughts and words and deeds will come into alignment with my will and my ways. You will think thoughts, speak words, and do deeds that are consistent with my word. You will be made able to pray prayers that I will hear and answer. You will want what I want. You will ask for my will to be accomplished. You want to bear much fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. I will hear and answer your prayers. I will bear much fruit through your life. That is how you will know that you are vitally connected to me. That is how you and everyone else will know that you are truly one of my disciples. This is how you will know for certain that you are vitally connected to me. That is the prayer of my heart. This is what I want. That is very good. That is what I will give to you. I will hear and answer your prayer.
Lord, help me to remain in you and your word. Fill my heart and mind and soul with your word. Teach me how to live and pray according to your purposes and plans. Show me what to ask for in prayer. I trust you will hear and answer my prayers to you. Amen
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