This morning a friend sent me an email with a familiar scripture on it, I want to share it with you today.
‘But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted.’ John 15:7 NLT
While many of us are familiar with this scripture, I wonder if we have ever really meditated on the fullness of it, instead of skipping to the ‘you may ask for anything you want and it will be granted’ part.
We all love to have our prayers answered, I know I do. However, this scripture, as with many other scriptures is conditional.
You may ask for anything you want and it will be granted IF you remain in God and His word remains in you. That’s the condition and you don’t get one without the other.
Let’s look at it in a couple more translations;
John 15:5-8 in the Message says it this way; ‘I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation is intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. 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. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.’
Now in the Amplified; ‘I am the Vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him bears much fruit, for [otherwise] apart from Me [that is, cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken off] branch, and withers and dies; and they gather such branches and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you remain in Me and My words remain in you [that is, if we are vitally united and My message lives in your heart], ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified and honored by this, when you bear much fruit, and prove yourselves to be My [true] disciples.’
From both translations we see that the ‘abiding in God’ part is vital.
To abide means to dwell, rest and continue, to continue permanently in the same state, firm, fixed and immovable.
Are you abiding in God? Are you dwelling in His presence? Are you resting in Him? Are you permanently fixed, firm and immovable in His presence…in Him?
If you are, you have every right to ‘ask what you will and it shall be done unto you.’ If you are not, that’s an easy fix.
Purpose in your heart and mind to spend time with God. Ask God to teach you how to abide in Him permanently. Make time for Him. Put Him first. Abide in Him. Rest in Him. Dwell in Him. Fix your heart and mind on him and remain there.
It was Jesus hope and plan that we would be a people who would ask and receive…and in this scripture He is showing us how to do just that…abide in Him.