Conntecting the Dots

For What Do You Wish?

If you could ask God for anything you wanted, what would it be? Personally, I’d consider these possibilities (in no particular order):

  • good health
  • a long life
  • a strong marriage
  • the ability to undo a past mistake
  • wisdom
  • a pure heart
  • more hours in each day
  • financial security
  • assurance that what I do day in and day out really matters
  • for my kids and grandkids to experience all of the above

I find encouragement in knowing we can ask God for whatever we want. John 15:7 says, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!”  Sweet, eh?

When I read these words recently, I immediately thought, Grant me a fruitful life, LordUse me to make an eternal difference in the lives of countless people around the world. I figured this sounded like a good Christian prayer. After all, the next verse says, “When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.” Surely God will grant my wish.

The more I ponder this wish, however, the more I realize that I can do better. My wish shouldn’t be for a fruitful life; it ought to be for the ability to remain in Christ. If that wish is granted, then fruitfulness will come automatically. John 15:5 says, “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”

vine and branch

And so, because I can ask God for anything I want, my wish is this: That He will teach me what it means to remain in Him. I see this as a foundation stone for my faith. It impacts every aspect of my life—choices, priorities, values, attitudes, and more. I look forward to seeing how God will answer.

How about you? If you could ask God for anything you wanted, what would it be?

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