John 15:5-17

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The First Step

Praying Effectively

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. John 15:7

The best place to get where you are going is to take the first step. Every instruction manual, how-to-guide, or self-help publication has one thing in common—a first step. The formula of how to get what you pray for is simple. Like anything else, it involves a first step. Jesus told His disciples that God would give them anything they asked for as long as they did one thing first—abide in Him. Successful praying then begins (and ends) with one simple thing, a right relationship with God. When your relationship with God is squared away and your ultimate goal is to abide in Christ, then you will pray for things God wants to give you anyway.

There must have been something amazing about Jesus' prayers. The disciples must have sensed the power of Jesus' conversations with His father. Imagine that you had an immediate audience with the Creator and were able to ask Him to teach you one thing. What would you ask Him? This is right where the disciples where in Luke 11:1. It is the only time recorded in scripture where the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to do something, and it was how to pray. They could have asked Him how to raise people from the dead, part the sea, survive in a hostile culture, or anything else. He then shared with them the model prayer and the first step in that prayer was to acknowledge that we are in a Holy relationship with God.