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Daily Devotion | Ulf Ekman

DAILY DEVOTION


2019-10-16

Let the Word Abide in You

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
John 15:7
We are to abide in Jesus, and His Word is to abide in us. God’s Word is seed sown into the soil of our heart. If we continuously neglect the field, it will become overgrown. If we constantly pull up the seed, there will be no harvest. But if the seed remains in the soil, there is potential for a great harvest. Similarly, if Jesus’ words abide in us, they will take root. Faith will grow in our heart. Faith will grab hold of the promises. Faith will hold fast to the promises.

Jesus says that man “should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow” (Mark 4:27). What abides in us becomes a part of us and comes up as fruit in our lives. In this context, Jesus says if we keep His Word and abide in Him, we can ask “what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” He does not say we should ask what He wants but what we want.

This can disturb our traditional mindset. But Jesus knows if we truly abide in Him, there is no risk that we will pray foolish or selfish prayers. On the contrary, He renews our mind with His Word, broadening our horizon of faith. We see His goodness. We see His love and generosity and realize that He desires to bless us more than we dare to wish for ourselves or others.

Only when we abide in Him can we discover His goodness and thereby gain an understanding of how He longs for us to stretch out further in faith. It pleases Him when we trust in Him and ask for what we desire.

Prayer

Thank You, Lord, for Your unlimited goodness. When I abide in You, I dare to ask for things I otherwise never would have believed you would want to give me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.