If anyone does not remain in me, he is thrown aside like a branch and he withers. They gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you. (John 15:6-7)
Here is a statement of profound contrast. If we do not remain in Christ, we are cut off and ultimately perish. But if we remain in Christ, and his words remain in us, we can ask for whatever we want. The promise is amazing, but note the conditions: we must remain in Christ and his words must remain in us. In this way, we would never ask for anything apart from the will of Christ. Yet it is still amazing that Jesus makes this promise. He is inviting us to share in his creative power, using our decisions to guide the outcomes of many situations. This is a profound joy and responsibility.
Lord Jesus Christ, let your words remain in me so that my asking will always be in alignment with your will.
We are often hesitant to ask because we ask with corrupt motives. But when Christ’s words abide in us and our will is in alignment with his, then we should ask and ask boldly. Remember, we serve a God who is limitless in his power and might. God is also favorably disposed toward his children’s requests. He knows what we need and he knows how to give it. More than this, God often goes above and beyond what we ask, giving us such blessings in abundance that we will be amazed. Therefore, it is essential that the words of Christ remain in us, shaping the way we think and guiding the affections of our hearts. When our will is finally brought into alignment with Christ’s will, the possibilities are limitless.