Look at the following passage. What do you notice?
Here is what I am seeing today.
First, Jesus gives 2 commandments:
1) Love one another after his example
2) Abide in him
Notice the repetition of the words Love and Abide. Jesus is hammering home a point.
As a result of Abiding in Jesus:
3) We will have what we ask for from the Father. This Is So important a point that he repeats and adds emphasis to it the second time, “ask in my name and it shall be given”.
“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. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 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. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.
John 15:1-17 ESV
Thought: receiving what we need, want and desire comes only from the intimate closeness of Abiding in consistent relationship with Jesus, and Loving one another?
This thought is reflected in Psalm 133:1,3 where the blessing of Eternal Life is tied to unity of brothers.
Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.
Psalms 133:1, 3 ESV
JESUS is speaking to his Community. So, his word aught to first be applied to his community of friends (does thisninclude you?).
Perhaps, moving forward, the greatest move of God we will see must be birthed out of true loving brotherhood between believers, while communally Abiding in Him?
So keeping these two NEW commandments from our friend and older brother while in loving relationship with each other results in answered prayers that give birth to much fruit?
Is this a plausible way to interpret what Jesus has Said?
Do we need to focus more on building THIS kind of Community in order to see the power of God fully released in our cities?
If so, how many Of US are truly whole heartedly committed to this mandate given by Jesus?