But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. John 15:7 (The Message)
This week I've been reading through the book of Philippians in my quiet time. However, after reading Philippians 3, as I was listening yesterday, the Lord led me to flip over to John 15. I love this chapter for countless reasons and have preached from it many times. I found myself doing something I do a lot which is go to Bible Gateway and look it up in my favorite three versions (NIV, NLT, Message) and this one just jumped out at me in the Message.
Make yourselves at home with Him, and make sure His words are at home in you...
I've read and listened to so much of the Word over my lifetime but have renewed passion to get all the Word in me that I possibly can. And not just "get it in" as in knowing it or memorizing it, but have it at home in my heart where my flesh lines up with my spirit and agrees....and acts.
Bringing me to the second part -- that when we do this he says whatever we ask will be listened to and acted upon. Doesn't God hear everyone? The answer may surprise you.
"When I called, they did not listen; so when they called, I would not listen,' says the Lord Almighty."
"In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered."
I Peter 3:7
I Peter 3:7