Remain and Ask. John 15:7

Posted on January 19, 2012 by

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John 15:7 “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given you.”

It’s nice to get what we want, isn’t it?  But is what we want always what glorifies God and is best for us?  Not usually, right?

Many times we read passages like this and immediately think about how great it would be to get everything we wish.  Like the old country song goes, “O Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?”  But if we are thinking such things it betrays in us a mindset that we are focusing far more on the promise than on the condition of remaining in Him that Jesus most wants for us!

This mindset shows that we often have an inadequate understanding of prayer, which can lead us to seeing our lives in Christ as a ‘means to an end’.  In our sinful state, God becomes our heavenly errand boy to get us what we want.  Rarely do we think about what we need versus what we want, and often times what we want is rarely what is best for us.   Put another way, who knows what is best for you- you (Jeremiah tells us that the heart is deceitful above all us) or the God who created the heavens and the earth and sustains it with his hands?  I thought so!

Most vital here is that condition in which Jesus calls us to remain.  “If you remain in me…” this is the great mystery and joy of our faith.  To remain in Christ is our highest attainment and will bring us the joy and peace that our hearts yearn for.  In 20 years the Mercedes Benz will be on a scrap heap, replaced by another toy, but remaining in Christ (making our home in Him) is the pearl of great price, immeasurably greater than anything we could ever ask or imagine.  Seek remaining in Jesus each day and see if it is not the greatest good in your life- now and throughout eternity.  As we remain in Him, our hearts are truly transformed to the degree that we want what Jesus wants.  Those things that are on Jesus’ heart mysteriously grow on our hearts- that His kingdom would come and that His will would be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

Now that is worth singing about!

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