Pruning adventures

John 15 is my favorite chapter of the Bible. I find Jesus’ discussion about the vine and the branches so fascinating because he gives us this key to success by telling us to stay connected to him. It’s such a vital piece of understanding how to live a supernatural lifestyle; we can do nothing without him. A few days ago I was reading verses 7-8 when I realized something new. It says “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit…” The first part is already intriguing because Jesus tells us that if we stay connected we can ask for anything and it will be done. The possibilities are endless. Praying for the sick, praying for your family, praying for finances, praying for anything and expecting it to be done because of this intimate connection. But the fruit piece is a little confusing and doesn’t seem to fit and the receiving piece is also a little confusing because we have all had times when we asked for something and didn’t receive it (or are still waiting for it). But if we go back a few verses to what Jesus said in verse 2 it helps us to see this statement in context. Verse 2 says “…every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.” If we are fruitful we are guaranteed to go through a pruning process so that the fruit will increase. And, when we ask the Father for something he takes us through this pruning process so that we will be able to carry what he gives us. It seems that God invites us to ask for what we need so that it creates the opportunity for him to reshape something in our lives. Of course the frustrating part in all of this is that the pruning process is different for everyone so we rarely know when the things we ask for will be released. But there is joy in the journey so we just have to remember that the process gets us to the place where we can bear more fruit and see more people blessed.

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