July 31, 2021

Reason to Remain


“But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!”

John 15:7 NLT


Jesus is offering His followers a blank check - the promise to ask and receive anything.

But there is a condition—I must remain in Him and His words. That means I am so connected to Him that my will is surrendered to His will. I am not praying selfish, materialistic, and self-promoting prayers. I am praying prayers that ask for the advance of God’s will on earth, not my will. These are prayers that come out of remaining in Him and having His Word remain in me.

When I spend time with God through His Word, I begin to think like God thinks. I begin to look at things from God’s perspective and not mine. When this begins to happen, I start to pray for things that line up with God’s will and desires.

Several years ago, I was challenged by the question, “If God answered all your prayers today, how would the world be different tomorrow?”

I had to admit that most of my prayers were about my comfort rather than about advancing God’s kingdom around the world. This challenge helped me pray bigger prayers - prayers that were asking for God to transform churches, cities, states, and nations.

When we get connected to God personally, it will change the way we pray. I believe we will pray bigger prayers and see bigger answers.


Holy Spirit, help me to see my world through Your eyes. Help me to align my prayers with Your will not my selfishness. Help me to be connected to You.

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