Thursday, March 08, 2007

Day Ten: An Astonishing Promise

“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples” (John 15:7-8).

John 15:7-8 is a bombshell. It is simply one of the most breath-taking and significant promises made to believers in the entire Bible. Therefore, it is important that we not pass over it quickly, or dismiss it because we find it hard to understand or believe. Rather, we must slow down here and take all the time it takes to understand the meaning and implications of this astonishing promise of Christ. For if we will take the time to understand it and walk in the paths Jesus lays out for us here, we will experience the grace and power and blessings of God, and our lives will be a glory to him.

For today, I simply want to analyze the structure of the promise, and encourage you to spend some time meditating on it before I say what I see in it. There are, it seems to me, three main parts of the promise: the conditions on which the promise is based, the promise itself, and the desired outcomes of the promise. (1) The two conditions are that we abide in him and his words abide in us; (2) the promise is that whatever we fervently ask for in prayer, he will give us; and (3) the desired outcome is that his answers to our prayers will produce fruit in and through us, proving we are his disciples and, more importantly, glorifying God the Father in heaven and on earth.

Prayer Focus: Pray that Jesus will help us see the astonishing truths and implications of John 15:7-8, and that in understanding these verses we will walk in his ways, receive his blessings, prove to be his disciples, and so be a display of the glory of God the Father.

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