continued from last week…
I discovered there are five essential elements to effective prayer.  Each one happens to begin with the letter “A” which makes it easier for me to remember.  I call them Prayer Basics.
#1 ABIDE    Although this is the first prayer basic, it is enough to get your prayers answered.  In John 15:7, in the Amplified Bible, Jesus promised. “If you live in Me (abide vitally united to Me) and My Words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.”  Now that is an awesome promise!  Think of it:  Ask whatever you will and Jesus said it shall be done for you.  It all hinges upon that little two-letter word “if”…
If you live in Christ (abide vitally united to Him).
If His Words remain in you.
If His Words continue to live in your heart.
If you ask for whatever it is that is on your heart.
While on earth Jesus walked in this powerful truth day-by-day and He wanted us to have the same advantage.  Because He stayed vitally united to His Father in prayer, He could ask whatever He willed and it was done.
Remember the leper that came to Jesus wanted to be healed?  He said, “Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean” (Matthew 8:2”  Some people know that God can, but don’t know if He will.  Others believe that it’s God’s will to heal, but they don’t believe He can heal them.  This man had the will and can in the right perspective and got his miracle that day.
Psalm 91 describes an impenetrable fortress of protection that is available.  However, there is a condition that must be met before the protection promise can go to work.  Psalm 91:1 says, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the  Almighty.”
The definition for the word shadow in Strong’s Concordance is “shade”.  That secret place is a cool spot to abide in.  no matter what weapons the devil may be forming against you, they will not prosper. Psalm 91:16 says, “With long life will I satisfy him and shew him My salvation.”  When you stick with Jesus, you have it made in the shade!

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