John 15.7-8: “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.”
- This parallels John 14.13-14 in that it is another passage on asking, the thing we ask for is done for us, and the thing asked for brings the Father glory.
- Notice that Jesus says fruit brings the Father glory. Fruit in John 15 is obedience (follow the train of thought from John 14.15). Not results of obedience, but obedience. If believers bear fruit of obedience, the Father is glorified.
- What Jesus is saying here is: “If you remain in me, and see opportunities to obey from my words that remain in you, then ask for help in obeying and you will have it! By this my Father is glorified, when you pray for obedience and bear the fruit.”
John 15.16: “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
- The point Jesus adds here is that he has fore-ordained our fruits of obedience. And his reason for doing so is that we would have successful prayers! “I appoint you to bear fruit, so that when you pray and ask for help in bearing the fruit, you will definitely have it (because the Father loves his disciples bearing fruit).
So prayer in Jesus’ name in John 14 and 15- asking for God to help us bear fruits of obedience for His glory. It is no wonder we can ask whatever we wish and we will have it. Do not take these verses out of context!