John 15:7 “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
How can Jesus make such a promise? Whatever you wish, whatever you will to happen, whatever you have resolved to take place, whatever you are determined to see come to pass, the thing that you purposed to come about, it will be done for you. What a promise!
Two conditions must be met for this promise to hold. First we have to remain in Jesus. As we’ve seen, to remain in Jesus is an intimate relationship of deep, abiding closeness and oneness. Therefore, if I am one with Jesus, I can ask Him for anything that I wish, and it will be done. That makes sense since my thoughts would be Jesus’ thoughts and my desires would be Jesus’ desires because we are one. But being one with Jesus is not so easy a task. Philippians 2:5-8 sheds a little more light on being one with Jesus. “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: … But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, … he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” If we are truly to abide with Christ, to be one with Him, we must be willing to be the servant of all, to humble ourselves and lift others up, to sacrifice all for the sake of the Father.
The second condition is that Jesus’ words remain in us. We are to be filled with the words of Christ. We are to allow His words to sink deep within our heart. When we speak, we are to speak His words. “But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” Ps. 1:2. “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Ps. 119:11. We are to be in His Word and let His Word be in us. If His Word is one with my thoughts, I can ask Him for whatever I wish, and it will be done.
Boy, do I have a ways to go before I can hold Jesus to this promise. Yet God answers our prayers anyways. What an awesome God He is! How He loves His children and blesses us daily! Thank you Lord!