|Read: John 15:16
Key Verse: You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. John 15:16
Prayer is a great gift. We’re weak, God is strong, so we can ask Him for strength. We experience lack, God lacks nothing. We can ask Him to provide. If we’re anxious, we can ask God for peace. This is all good and biblical. The problem is, we can easily begin to view prayer as a means to getting all the things we want.
But if we listen carefully to Jesus, He teaches that our prayers are actually to be the means of accomplishing what He wants to do in our lives: “so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” That means this isn’t a blank check for getting whatever you ask for in prayer. Rather, it means praying for the things Jesus wants for our lives.
And what does He want? Here in John 15 Jesus has chosen and appointed his disciples to go and bear fruit that lasts. What is this fruit? It’s something that results from the mission to GO. What are we “going” for? New disciples of Jesus. This is the fruit of taking the good news of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus to our world. New disciples. That’s the lasting fruit.
And how will this mission to go be fruitful? By confidently praying that God will produce fruit through your life as you go and share the gospel of Jesus and humbly demonstrate its reality in your life. Your “going” may look different than the next disciple’s “going.” But the desired end is the same: fruit that will last.
Prayer: Father, give me greater confidence in the promise of Jesus that You will bear fruit through my life. Give me the power of the Holy Spirit to GO for the name of Jesus. And use me, in whatever ways You want, to make new disciples of Jesus. Amen.
Tom Regan | Pastor of Young Adults