How does that work?
Many of us in our lives, have needs that seem to go unmet.
We love the Lord but it seems like we are missing something.
Our first conscious need should be for the Lords presence.
Not money , or work, or even family. All those are acknowledged as important in this life, but they must come second to the Lord.
If we first seek the kingdom of God, which is in us, at salvation, all these other needs will be satisfied in the proper time.
Jhn 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
The key word is “Abide.”
tolerate something: to find somebody or something acceptable or bearable
dwell: to live or reside in a place
await something: to wait for somebody or something
How do we abide?
1.Obedience and Love- both are required
If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
2. Be prepared to be persecuted to keep that relationship
Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
3. Where we abide is relevant- in the secret place, not the world
Psa 91:1 He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
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Secret Place of the Most High
When deep in prayer a Jewish man will put his prayer-shawl up over his head, and so doing he brings together the fringes, the “tsit tsit,“ representing the Law of G-D and the Name of G-D.
A Jewish man will began to pray and in this fashion literary “shut out” the world around him! To be in the very presence of G-D!
Therefore when they pray under the “talit”, the prayer-shawl, they are literally, it’s like they are covering themselves with the presence of G-D!
In Matthew 6:6, Yeshua/Jesus is talking about praying and He said:
But thou, when thou pray, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which sees in secret shall reward thee openly.
The Greek word here for “closet” is the Greek Word “temian”. It is literally mean an inner chamber or “secret Room” (It is not meant by your closet in your room at home)
It is a closet in yourself with the covering of the “talit”!
Prayer is an intense intimate personal inner action between G-D and men! Prayer is dialog, it means that men speak to G-D and G-D speaks to men
It is a conversation that occurs when a man is intensely focused entirely on communion with G-D, having “shut out” all the rest what is in the world!
When a Jewish wraps himself in a “Prayer-mantle”, he is excluded from everything external! that his soul is consumed in thoughts about in reference toward G-D!
Prayer is the secret place of abiding.
Prayerlessness in a Christian leads to failure, both in his spiritual life, and his temporal life.
If we truly want to have our prayer requests met by God, then we need to spend time in intimate prayer with Him.
It is not a time just to recite words in a prepared prayer, although there is nothing wrong with structured prayer.
It is a time to communicate feelings and thoughts to God, wait for Him, and listen for His voice.
It is fellowship.
It is intimacy.
It is sharing and communication.
You spend time together.
You enjoy each other’s company.
The words prayed actually affect your spirit, and they have great meaning for you.
It changes your entire day.
When abiding becomes the center of your life, then you may ask what you want of the Father, in Jesus name, and it will be done to you.