Re: Verse reading—John 15:1-17 (day five)
Vs. 7- If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
What a strange statement. “Ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you”. Is God some sort of genie granting any and all wishes to people? Answer- NO!! Can these words be true? Yes, because they are only a part of this verse and teaching of Jesus.
Jesus and scripture certainly do teach a confidence and boldness to our prayers and petitions. (I am SO glad) The first part of this verse frames 2 truths as the context for His promise. (Abide in Me, My words abide in you) Both have to do with what shapes the human heart and causes it to become supernaturally focused and aware. First, is the promise that a close, strong, and vibrant relationship with Jesus shapes the human heart to desire the things of God. Second, is the power of the scripture to influence and affect our thoughts, desires, and priorities. Thank You Father for Your Promises and Power!!