Jesus Qualifies us For Answered Prayers

John 15:7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”

John 5:38, “you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe.”

John 8:31 “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.”

John 15:10 “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.”

1 John 2:24 “Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.”

John 6:29 (NIV) “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

1 John 3:23, “And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave [a]us commandment.”


Yes, you qualify for the “if my words abide in you and you abide in Me.” Jesus said abiding in Him is being steadfast in His “Word.” What is this word we are to stand in and obey? In John 6 Jesus tells us that God’s work is to “believe in the one who He has sent.” John later in his own personal epistle sums up the first commandment as “believing in the name of His Son Jesus Christ.”  The work of God and command of God, is just 2 additional ways John says that Jesus’ words are to abide in you. John again says in his personal epistle that if what you heard from the beginning (faith in Jesus) is still steadfast in you, then you are abiding(living) in God. John brings in clarity to this by saying it negatively in John 5, “if no faith in Jesus, then proof His words do not abide in you.” That is, basic discipleship faith in Jesus is proof that God lives in you, and you live in God.

Jesus makes it easy to qualify for the “asking anything you wish,” and getting it. The greater miracles in John 14, Jesus makes so that normal believers with faith qualify. Need to be righteousness in order to qualify to get answers to prayers, Check! Jesus gave that to me already. Need direct access to the Throne room of Power? Check! Jesus my high priest made this a category reality for me already. Need faith to believe Jesus is God’s only Son, who in His atonement saved me? Check. God gave me that awesome gift too. I already qualify. And so do you. Jesus elevates our options up to the heavens and beyond.

Yes you qualify. Look at the Canaanite gentile. Seriously, how much did she know about Jesus? Referring to Jesus as the Son of David, showed she knew enough to know the Hebrew God was full of compassion and mercy. With this, she made Jesus do a 180; do a 180 relative to God’s will. And lest we forget, Jesus is God; He was the most God centered man who ever lived. God went from, “God’s Will to you is No,” to “your will be done, woman.”

The issue is that Jesus is still here. He is still alive and still in power. He still commands faith and discipleship.  The other issue is what Jesus said, “when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth”? (Luke 18:8 NKJV)