Ask what you wish

So how do we pray in Jesus’ name, that is, in conformity to his nature? Jesus himself  says, “If you abide in me, and  my words  abide   in  you, ask  whatever  you wish, and   it will   be  done for you” (John 15:7). This “abide  in  me” is the all inclusive condition for effective intercession. It is the key for prayer in the name of Jesus. We learn to become like the branch, which receives its life from the vine: “Abide in me  as I abide in  you.  Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides  in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me” (John 15:4). Nothing is more important to a life of prayer than  learning  how  to become  a  branch .

As  we live  this  way, we  develop what Thomas à Kempis calls “a  familiar  friendship with  Jesus.” We become accustomed to  his  face. We distinguished  the  voice of the true Shepherd from that of religious  hucksters in the same way professional jewelers distinguish a diamond from glass  imitations— by  acquaintanceship .  When  we have been  around the  genuine article long enough, the cheap and the  shoddy become   obvious . . . . We know even as we are known.  This is how we pray in Jesus’  name.

-Richard J. Foster-

” If you abide in  me, and  my words  abide   in  you, ask  whatever  you wish, and   it will   be  done for you” -John 15:7

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There is a vast difference between saying prayers and praying

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