1 John 5:14-15: Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
John relates the idea of confidence in God to our prayers. He said at the end of verse 14, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. In this, we see the purpose of prayer and the secret of power in prayer. It is to ask and once having asked, to have the assurance that He hears us.
Much prayer fails because it never asks for anything. God is a loving God, and a generous giver – He wants us to ask of Him. He would have us ask anything in prayer; although it doesn’t mean that anything we ask for will be granted. We should pray about everything. God cares about our whole life, and nothing is too small or too big to pray about.
It’s easy for us to only be concerned with our needs and wants before God, instead of seeking His will. But God wants us to see and understand His will through His word, and to pray His will into action.
John 15:7 says, If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. When we abide in Jesus – living in Him, day by day – then our will becomes more and more aligned with His will, and we can ask what you desire, and more and more be asking according to His will. Then we see answered prayer.
God wants us to work with Him and that means bringing our will and our agenda in line with His. He wants us to care about the things He cares about, and He wants us to care about them enough to pray passionately about them. Prayer should be so much more than letting God know our wishes.
The most powerful prayers in the Bible are prayers which understand the will of God, and ask Him to perform it. It’s not necessarily wrong to ask for something that God hasn’t promised; but then we realize that we aren’t coming to God based on a specific promise, and we don’t have the confidence to know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
Published on July 24, 2017