John 15:7 – If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
Day 8: Monday, January 18
“If…” – The Narrow Gate
The appearance of the word “If” at the beginning of this verse signifies that this is a conditional statement. A conditional statement introduces a hypothesis & follows it with a conclusion. With this in mind, IF we choose to remain in Jesus & to have His words remain in us, THEN we may ask of Him what we wish.
For today’s prayer focus, partner in prayer with someone for consistency in remaining in God’s love. Acknowledge the difficulties that will come along with being faithful, while still remembering what is on the other side of your obedience.
Day 9: Tuesday, January 19
- “…my words remain in you” – Identity
- Have you ever identified yourself by words that have been spoken to you? Whether good or bad, from yourself or someone else, it is crucial to remember that you are only as good as your source. If the source of our identity is coming from anything or anyone other than the Ultimate Source of God’s Word, we are building our lives upon a faulty foundation.
- For today’s prayer focus, identify the words that are remaining in you other than the words that God says about you. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you switch sources, so that the foundation of your identity can be built upon the Ultimate Source of His word.
Day 10: Wednesday, January 20
- “…ask” – Approaching the Father
- What questions would you ask God if you knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that He was standing ready & eager to hear them? Because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, we have the ability to approach the Father with any questions that may be on our hearts. He is a good Father who desires to hear even our hardest questions, so much so that He moved heaven & earth to make a way for those burning questions to be heard.
- For today’s prayer focus, take some time to read Hebrews 4:14-16, which talks about how we are able to confidently approach the Father through Jesus. Now that you are aware of your access to the Father, act on these newfound permissions by bringing your most burning questions to Him, knowing & believing that He wants to hear them!
Day 11: Thursday, January 21
- “…whatever you wish” – Not my will, but Yours
- Though we may ask whatever we wish if we are remaining in Him & His words are remaining in us, at the end of the day, it is important to understand that we still must ultimately submit our desires to His will. This is easier said than done, but it isn’t something we have to walk through alone! As we learn to submit our desires to God, we can trust that our hearts will begin to beat in rhythm with His, & that His desires will eventually become the desires of our hearts.
- For today’s prayer focus, ask the Holy Spirit to help you submit your desires & your will to God’s.
- Like Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount, our heart’s cry should be, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Ask Him to make this the cry of your heart in every way.
Day 12: Friday, January 22
- “…whatever you wish” – Knowing the Will of God
- If you have ever wondered, “Is it even possible to know God’s will for my life?” – you’re not alone! It can seem like an intimidating topic to tackle, but Romans 12:2 helps bring clarity to the subject. This verse reminds us that we are able to know His will for our lives through allowing our minds to be renewed by His Word!
- For today’s prayer focus, practice allowing your mind to be renewed by God’s Word by praying it. Philippians 4:8 is a great place to start, as it discusses what type of thoughts should occupy our minds! As the Holy Spirit speaks to you, decide to submit to His guidance & obey what He reveals to you.
Day 13: Saturday, January 23
- “…ask whatever you wish” – Contending in prayer
- One definition for “contend” is: “to engage in a competition or campaign in order to win or achieve something.” Therefore, contending in prayer implies that there is another force we are up against. As believers, our true enemy is Satan, & he comes only to steal, kill, & destroy any & every good thing that God intends for us. God has not left us defenseless, though! He has fully equipped us to battle & bind the enemy with many spiritual weapons – including our prayers!
- For today’s prayer focus, think about something difficult you’ve been reluctant to pray about. Now that you know that prayer is also a weapon for contending, make the decision today to start boldly praying for it from this point forward.
Day 14: Sunday, January 24
- “…and it will be done for you.” – Faith
- Knowing God can do something & knowing He will do something are two very different things. Matthew 7:11 says, “If you, then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!” Our God is a good Father, & He IS willing to give good gifts to His children if we will simply ask!
- For today’s prayer focus, take some time to listen to a worship song that personally speaks to you & never fails to remind you that God is a good Father. Need some ideas? Maybe “Good Good Father” by Chris Tomlin, “Reckless Love” by Cory Asbury, or “Way Maker” by Leeland. As you spend this time worshiping in God’s presence, trust that your faith in His follow-through will be strengthened.