If You Then I


I know when I read this verse, my mind emphasizes the last part more than the first. And it is a great promise we have from God here through His Son. It is a powerful promise, but it is also conditional. I may ask whatever I wish, and it will be done for me, but it does have one teeny-tiny condition attached to it. The Lord must abide in me and I do in Him. It is comparatively easy to ask than to abide.

For abiding means that God is living in You, taking up residence, eating out of your fridge and sitting on your couch. You and God are roommates. And few people carry that off well. It means God has the right to override your decisions. It means God can rightfully tell you what to do, as He is both Creator and Lord. Allowing Him to move calls for a profound change in your life and habits.

But that’s what it means to be able to ask for anything, because what you ask for is something you both want. When you and God agree, it’s a done deal.

Lord Jesus, help me to want what You want, and ask after Your will, so that we may work together to satisfy the will of God. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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I've been in ministry in the Christian Churches/ Churches of Christ for 20+ years. Finished my doctorate in Biblical Studies in 2015. Serve today as a Hospital Chaplain.

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