“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” -John 15:7
…abiding in Christ, and having His words abiding in us, teach us to pray in accordance with the will of God. With the abiding in Christ our self-will is kept down, the thoughts and wishes of nature are brought into captivity to the thoughts and wishes of Christ; likemindedness to Christ grows upon us – all our working and willing become transformed into harmony with His.
…the abiding in Christ teaches the believer in prayer only to seek the glory of God. In promising to answer prayer, Christ’s one thought (see John 14:13) is this, “that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” In His intercession on earth (John 17) this was His one desire and plea; in His intercession in heaven it is still His great object. As the believer abides in Christ, the Savior breathes this desire into him. The thought, ONLY THE GLORY OF GOD, becomes more and more the keynote of the life hid in Christ.
Abiding in Christ is the place for receiving answers. Out of Him the answer would be dangerous – we should consume it on our lusts (James 4:3). Many of the riches answers- say for spiritual grace, or for power to work and to bless can only come in the shape of a larger experience of what God makes Christ to us. The fullness is IN Him; abiding in Him is the condition of power in prayer, because the answer is treasured up and bestowed in Him.