“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” John 15:7
The words, “you shall ask,” are in the imperative mood, which makes them a command, and are to be taken in the sense of “I command you to ask.”
“Abide” implies fellowship with the Lord, “nothing between myself and my Savior,” and dependence upon Him. To those who thus abide, God issues the gracious command, “ask what you desire.” It is more than a command. It is a challenge. It is as if God said, “You meet the conditions, and I challenge you to ask, and then see how faithful and able I am to answer your prayer.”
The word “desire” implies a desire that proceeds, not from deliberate forethought, but from inclination. This is a perfectly safe command and promise, because when we live in close fellowship with Jesus, our desires and our inclinations are His desires and His inclinations. The word “ask” is in the middle voice which speaks of the subject of the verb acting in its own interest. Therefore we translate, “ask for yourselves.” But as we live in intimate fellowship with Jesus, those things which we ask for ourselves, we ask, not for the purpose of gratifying a selfish desire, but for the purpose of glorifying Him. Prayers of that kind are answered.
The word “done” is not from the Greek word which means to do something in the sense of making something. That would imply taking something in existence and fashioning it to suit our needs. The word is from the Greek word meaning “to become, to come into existence.” God will if necessary bring into existence that for which we asked. The word “ask” is in the aorist tense which when used in a command means, “do at once what is commanded.” Thus as we are abiding in Jesus, we are commanded not to hesitate, but to ask at once.
The translation reads:
“If ye abide in Me, and my words abide in you, I command you to ask at once and for yourselves whatever ye desire, and it shall be yours.”
My added personal note – The Scripture goes on further to say in verse eight, “In this my Father is glorified, namely, that you are bearing much fruit. So shall you become my disciples.”