When we live by God’s Word and in HIS will, we are “abiding” in Him; it is there that our purest wishes and most confident prayers begin. Jesus said: “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” (John‬ ‭15:7) Until we have learned to abide in Christ, we will not have purified desires, nor will our prayers be confident. Our prayers will not be answered because our motives are wrong: “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.” (James‬ ‭4:3‬) Without Christ we do not have pure motives. We must “abide” in Christ. ‘Abiding” means “living;” therefore, to “live in Christ” means living in His way. His ways are set forth in His Word and the personal application of His ways are directed by His Spirit. When we are applying the principles of His Word to our everyday life and following the direction of His Spirit, then our desires begin to be like His. Abiding in Christ changes our prayer life and takes the focus of our prayers off of ourselves and directs them towards the fulfillment of His will. In Him, His will becomes our ultimate desire. Furthermore, our burdens also become His because we are working for Him—and we find His “yoke is easy” and His “burden is light.” (Matt. 11:30) In Him, we are freed to be confident to ask Him for ANYTHING because we know Him well enough to know that His love for us exceeds even our own love for ourselves. We ask not with the expectation that we will receive exactly what we are asking for but rather with the expectation that we will receive whatever is His will because we KNOW He loves us and that His will is to give us joy we cannot imagine. When God purifies our desires through His Presence, His righteousness makes us confident in our requests. Purifying our heart is the key to becoming confident that our prayers will be answered by our Almighty Father! “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.” (1 John‬ ‭5:14-15)