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daily Reading: 23rd August 2015

John 15.16 cont

16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and produce fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you might ask the Father in My Name He should give it to you.

In the last part of this verse Jesus lays down a privilege that is conferred on every believer. It is in the area of prayer.

Prayer is something that comes easy to some, but others find it much more difficult. There may be various reasons for this. Perhaps those who are generally more vocal in their relationship might find it easier to pray, whereas those who are quite quiet in their relationships may find it more difficult to talk to our Father.

However, prayer does not consist of only our talking. Prayer means listening to Jesus. Prayer means just being with Jesus. Prayer is being still and knowing that God is God.

The Psalmist wrote:

“Be silent, and know that I am God!” – Psalm 146.10 (NLT).

Maybe we need to learn to rest under the shadow of His wings.

However, as we know, making our requests known to God is a part of our praying, and Jesus said that by producing lasting fruit we would be able to ask for anything from the Father, and He will give it to us.

How is this possible?

The answer is found in the illustration of the Vine and the branches.

We can only produce lasting fruit by remaining in the Vine, Jesus.

It is in this fruitful relationship that we learn what His will is for us. Accordingly we will then know what we should be asking.

Perhaps we can be too quick to make our request to God, based on our wants and desires, which may not be what God wants us to be asking for.

There are times when we might assume that we know what our Father wants for us, because it is something that we really want. However, is it what our Father wants for us?

Spending time quietly listening to God, and getting our requests in line with His desires, will save us a lot of disappointment and frustration when His answer is not in line with our request.

Our praying is fruitful only when we remain in Jesus, the Vine.

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