16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit —fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
As I read this verse today, for the (fill in the blank) ___ time, a new thought came to mind.
So often I have heard this verse, and have even quoted it, as, “whatever you ask in My Name the Father will give you”. A verse showing us how to pray, in Jesus Name, to receive results.
The newer aspect today, is in the earlier part of the verse; we were “chosen and appointed to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last —“ so whatever we ask in Jesus Name the Father will give us.”
It appears therefore that we as Christ followers need to bear fruit, lasting fruit, in order to have our prayers answered.
So, what is this lasting fruit? During this entire chapter Jesus is speaking to His Disciples about Love, the Father’s Love for Jesus, and the Love of Jesus for His followers. It is even said earlier in the chapter that the Father cuts off each branch that does not bear fruit (vs. 2). By showing fruit, we show we are Disciples of Jesus, and we then glorify the Father (vs. 8).
Obviously then, we need to show the Love of Christ in our lives continuously, showing we are in communion with God, and that we are living our lives as Jesus lived His life while on earth. The Christian community should have such Love for one another, that the Love will be seen by the people of the world, and they will be drawn to Christ.
When we continually live in and demonstrate the Love of Jesus Christ to one another, genuinely, not for show or rewards, our Heavenly Father will be Glorified and pleased because we are living as His only begotten Son showed us. Then we can pray with expectations of the Father answering our prayers.