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Monday, January 15, 2018

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 remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.
John 15:16

Jesus spoke the above verse to His disciples the night before He was crucified. In His discourse to them that night, Jesus mentioned prayer at least five times, and this was the third time. Here Jesus adds more insight as He teaches His disciples how to pray.

If you are an authentic follower of Jesus, then Jesus chose you. This verse is absolutely clear on why we were chosen: that we should go and bear fruit that remains.

The true disciple of Jesus is like the tree mentioned in Psalm 1, that "brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf shall not wither, and whatever he does shall prosper." The means by which the disciple of Jesus will bear fruit and prosper is prayer. If there is no prayer, there will be no fruit that remains.

In John 15:8, Jesus implies that fruit comes through prayer, and here bearing fruit is a prerequisite to receiving what we pray for. We have been appointed by Jesus to bear fruit, and prayer is both the means and the result of fruit in our lives. Prayer brings fruit. Fruit brings prayer. More prayer results in much fruit. Much fruit produces unceasing prayer.

The fruitful disciple gives authenticity to the message of the gospel. The prayerful disciple will make the message of the gospel fruitful. Our fruitful life is the gospel authentically lived before the world. Today, let us all be prayerful and fruitful.

Tom Day

 

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