by Terry J. Hallock

Praying His Way
T. J. Hallock
John 15:1-8
July 20, 2003

When I was a boy one of my Father's colloquialisms was, "There's a right way and a wrong way. If you're going to do something you might as well do it the right way." He applied that bromide to everything from mowing the lawn, weeding the garden, doing school homework, playing baseball, even to how my brother and I were to conduct ourselves in church. My Father believed there was a right way to do everything [usually his way] and that the key to success in life was doing things the right way.

It is the same with our prayer lives. There is a right way and a wrong way, and if we're going to pray we might as well learn the right way. That is, we might as well learn Jesus' way because it is only in praying His way that the blessings we seek through prayer will come in to our lives.

Jesus wants us to pray successfully. He said, "It is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples." [John 15:8] When we pray for healing Jesus wants us to receive that fruit. When we pray for our finances Jesus wants us to see the chains of our debt fall away. When we pray for strength God wants us to bear the fruit of strength. His greatest desire is that we have an abundance of the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control that make up the fruits of God's Holy Spirit.

Because that is His greatest desire Jesus teaches us how to successfully pray His way and the heart of that teaching is John 15:7. "If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you." This key to praying successfully by praying His way can be reduced even further to only the first half of that verse: "If you remain in me and my words remain in you..." Praying successfully by praying Jesus' way means that you and I must be so swallowed up by Jesus that it becomes impossible to see us without seeing Him and impossible to ...

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