Asking Whatever We Will
(April 2013, Week 4)
(1). John 14:13-14 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
(2). John 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit--fruit that will last--and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
(3). John 16:23-24 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
(4). Matthew 7:7-8 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
(5). “Deep down, we just don’t believe God is as generous as he keeps saying he is. That’s why Jesus added the fine print - ‘ask in my name.’” [Paul E. Miller, A Praying Life, page 135]
(6). Prayer thought: “One of the best ways to learn how to abide is to ask anything. Jesus adds the qualifier ‘abide in me’ only once in the six times he told us to ‘ask anything.’ His primary concern was to get us into the game. Start asking. Don’t just ask for spiritual things or ‘good’ things. Tell God what you want. Before you can abide, the real you has to meet the real God. Ask anything. [Paul E. Miller, A Praying Life, page 138]
Know Jesus’ Authority
(April 2013, Week 3)
(1). Matthew 17:5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!"
(2). Matthew 8:8-9 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not
deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
(3). Matthew 9:27-28 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” When he had gone
indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that
I am able to do this?”
(4). Matthew 16:15 “But what about you?” he (Jesus) asked,
“Who do you say I am?”
(5). “As he stands at the foot of the throne, ready to ascend and
reign, He tells them, ‘All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth,’ and points them at once to ‘all the world,’ to the ‘uttermost parts of the earth,’ as the object of his and their desire and efforts... I am with you always.” [Andrew Murray, Collected Works and Sermons]
(6). Prayer thought: When we pray to Jesus, do we try to muster
up our authority or do we allow his authority to guide our prayer into what he
desires to do?
Waiting on the Lord
(April 2013, Week 2)
(1). John 13:7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.
(2). John 11:5-6 Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days.
(3). Psalm 40:1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry.
(4). Psalm 27:14 Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
(5). We plan the whole answer to our prayer. It seems so easy to us. We think there can be only one thing for God to do if he is to answer our prayer. The answer must come now; it must come immediately. And it must come exactly the way we planned it. [O. Hallesby, Prayer, page 49]
(6). Prayer thought: Constant praying is not like ordering at a fast-food drive-thru. We must wait for God to reveal his answer. We can’t be in a perpetual hurry to go somewhere else.
Abiding in Christ
(April 2013 - Week 1)
(1). John 15:5,7 I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains (abides) in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 7If you remain (abide) in me and my words remain (abide) in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.
(2). Acts 17:28 For in him we live and move and have our being.
(3). John 15:4 Remain (Abide) in me, and I will remain (abide) in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain (abide) in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain (abide) in me.
(4). To abide in Christ means to keep up a habit of constant close communion with Him–to be always leaning on Him, resting on Him, pouring out our hearts to Him, and using Him as our Fountain of life and strength, as our chief Companion and best Friend. To have His words abiding in us, is to keep His sayings and precepts continually before our memories and minds, and to make them the guide of our actions and the rule of our daily conduct and behavior. [J.C. Ryle - 1816-1900]
(5). Prayer thought: The more we abide in Him and grow to be like Him, the more his priestly life will work in us. Our lives will become what His is: a life that continuously prays for men. [Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer]