If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you”. John 15:7
In this passage, Jesus is telling us that answered prayer is contingent upon our spiritual connectedness with Him. This means maintaining a consistent relationship of daily dependence upon Him, alone. This is why prayer isn’t asking God for a favor, answered prayer confirms that we are in God’s favor, that we are in Him and He is in us. Answered prayer affirms that our connection with God through Christ is real. This connection grants us the privilege of having our prayers answered. So, if you doubt if you’re connected to the One True Vine, then examine your prayer life. If you can point to situations where your prayers have been answered, then you’re connected to Jesus Christ. Answered prayer is God’s affirmation that we belong to Him, that we are in Him and He is in us.
However, prayer isn’t just wishful thinking. It’s not some magic lamp that we rub, expecting that all our dreams will come true. The fact is, sometimes our dreams can actually do us harm by hindering our spiritual growth. Prayer is not about getting what we want, it’s about wanting whatever we get. We should want whatever we get from the Lord because we recognize its always His best. This means praying “not my will, but yours be done” and meaning it. When we pray in the name of Jesus it means we are praying that these answers are empowered by Him to fulfill His purposes. Only when we want what the Lord wants and accept with the Lord gives, are we truly abiding in or remaining in Jesus.