|Chapter 21 The All-inclusive Condition March 14, 2018
NIV 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.
1. What are two potential reasons prayer will not be answered?
2. How does abiding in Christ relate to our prayer lives?
3. How do faith and obedience relate to prayer?
4. How are we to be in union with Christ?
5. Why is the Church often impotent?
Beloved fellow-believer! let us confess that it is because we do not abide in Christ as He would have us, that the Church is so impotent in presence of the infidelity and worldliness and heathendom, in the midst of which the Lord is able to make her more than conqueror. Let us believe that He means what He promises, and accept the condemnation the confession implies.
But let us not be discouraged. The abiding of the branch in the Vine is a life of never-ceasing growth. The abiding, as the Master meant it, is within our reach, for He lives to give it us. Let us but be ready to count all things loss, and to say, ‘Not as though I had already attained; I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which I also am apprehended of Christ Jesus.’ Let us not be so much occupied with the abiding, as with Him to whom the abiding links us, and His fulness. Let it be Him, the whole Christ, in His obedience and humiliation, in His exaltation and power, in whom our soul moves and acts; He Himself will fulfil His promise in us.