“But if you live in life-union with me and if my words live powerfully within you—then you can ask whatever you desire and it will be done.”
A purpose in life is to bear fruit likening Christ to the vine stem and we the fruit on the branches.
How beautiful that we become such an essential part in the image.
The whole purpose of the vine is it’s fruit.
Christ’s purpose resides in His body those such as you and I remaining in the vine.
We are essential to Christ not as an add on, a temporary union but as remaining seamlessly.
Not in it only have we trusted but we have yielded.
We are hidden in Christ and He in us.
We have no reason to exist except in Him.
We can die to ourselves.
No longer our own master.
In perpetual communion.
Remain in Him.
He in us.
The promise is that whatever we desire we can ask and it will be given.
Our prayer life can potentially be transformed.
A branch on the vine cannot think itself into growing or producing any fruit.
It is totally dependent on the vines stem and what it receives from it.
Humanly there is nothing from our natural talents or schemes enabling our growth only that which comes from Christ.
Continual dependency on Him.
All comes from Him.
Christ’s words come from Him. Christ is the word.
The two cannot be separated nor can we be without both.
It is our knowledge of Him and His word which align us with God’s will and in such alignment know what to ask.
It requires us to obey His commands and to walk as He walked.
Where we fail we will ask in our own will and power which will be in vain.
Then run the risk of ceasing to ask, of giving up and in so doing the branch will wither and not produce fruit.
We are nothing and no one on our own.
By clinging closely to Christ and remaining in His strength God can take a sharp pruning knife to our branches and remove what is of no value cleanse the vine.
Only that which has cleaved and remained in Christ, in the stem can renew its growth from what it takes from the stem and can fruit abundantly and with success again.
That which is fully in Christ will have liberty and power and pray in the fullness of Christ.
What can the branch want more than the stem can give it?
If the stem does not hold it we do not need it.
It is with equal proportion that we will master the art of prayer to knowing Jesus and His word.
The abundance comes from knowing God’s will and aligning to it.
We know that Jesus in His life as a man did nothing that did not come from His Father. In union with Him and therefore there was nothing that He asked for which was not given.
The Son became an echo of His Father’s voice.
Just as we aspire to become an echo of Jesus’ voice.
Just as no one knows us like we know ourselves.
No one knows God or Jesus like the HolySpirit,who residing in us, can become our source of Knowledge when we desire to mirror Him.
God’s Spirit works in us Mirroring Christ.
God looks upon the Christ filled us as Christ.
The Holy Spirit is the God to Man mediator.
There is no opposition.
“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
The illustration shows the vine with Jesus as the stem and us as the branches bearing fruits and tendrils to cling on with. The communication through the Holy Spirit spectrum.
Two scriptures that come to mind.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.”
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.”John 15:9 ESV
The song. I am the Vine. John Michael Talbothttps://youtu.be/B2S2XSvDpkE