Whatever you ask the Father — in Christ’s name — it will be given unto you.
This is the method by which God supports Jesus’ disciples. Christ gives more specifics in Matthew 6:26-33:
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Within these verses, we find three powerful truths:
1. God is powerful to provide – He provides for the fowls of the air. Surely he can provide for us. He shares his beauty with the lilies. Surely he can give us that. He clothes the grass. Surely he can clothe us.
2.We are dependent on God – As the verse says, we cannot ‘think’ and automatically add ‘one cubit unto’ our stature. We have to work using our God given energy, breath and bodies to do anything significant. Therefore, even if we think we are independent, we still borrow our breath, bodies and capacity for movement from God. We are wholly dependent on him for just these gifts!
As we begin to recognize our dependence on God, will become teachable, obedient and forgiving. We recognize this easier when we feel vulnerable. Wealth and security–however–can give a false impression of independence. If we start to feel independent, let us remember this one fact: We still come from dust, and that is where our bodies will eventually go. We are nothing without God.
3. He will bless his servants – As we learn to be dependent on Him, we pray more. We may even plead with God. Then, we feel the spirit more. We follow his counsel through the second comforter, the Holy Ghost. We are blessed with humility to follow God’s will. Our faith increases bit by bit, as a mustard seed grows.
These are some of the fruits talked about in John 15:16 (today’s verse) . As we go about his service, we can ask for anything and fully expect to receive. This is because our motives are aligned with God’s motives. This came about by yielding our hearts to him in part because we recognize our dependence on him.
Lastly, we must be careful not to ask in selfishness as warned in James 4:3; “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”