Contentment In Knowing He Hears Us

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1 John 5:14-15 (New Living Translation)

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And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.

We are content knowing that he hears us each time we speak in pleasure pleasing to him And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.for he never leaves us empty handed he speaks and says ask in my name and he shall receive

What is the confidence we have that God answers prayers?

1 John 5:14 says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” This is because we are constantly plagued with doubts, wondering if He hears us or listens to our prayers. Even David, a man after God’s own heart, faced the same fears.Jul 28, 2016

How God answers our prayers in 3 ways?

I’ve heard it said that God answers prayers in one of three ways. God says “Yes,” and you receive what you ask for. God says “No,” and you have to accept it and move on. Or God says “Not Yet,” and you learn to be patient and wait.Oct 30, 2020

Practicing Faith: God answers prayers in unexpected ways

• By Rev. Cal Lord Special to The Sun Oct 30, 2020 Updated Oct 30, 2020 0

I’ve heard it said that God answers prayers in one of three ways. God says “Yes,” and you receive what you ask for. God says “No,” and you have to accept it and move on. Or God says “Not Yet,” and you learn to be patient and wait. I thought I had all the bases covered until I bumped into a neighbor last week. Let me back up. She was in the church office a few weeks ago. Her husband is not well. He’s been battling a number of ailments, including dementia.

She told me that he was being enrolled in Hospice and that day he was heading to a long-term care facility from the hospital. The facility told her she could not visit him for nearly two weeks because of the COVID-19 restrictions. She was understandably distraught with the thought that she might not get to see him again. After hearing her story, I did what I do. I prayed with her. In doing so I asked God to open a door for her to be able to visit her husband.

Getting back to last week, I saw her in the parking lot and she said, “Wow! You really know how to pray!” I was puzzled. Then she went on to tell me about the door God opened. It seemed that her husband had a medical need that the facility couldn’t fulfill. They invited the family to come in and give the 24-hour special care that was needed. Thus, she got to get in and see her husband every day.

Somewhere along the way we started thinking that prayer was a simple yes-and-no proposition. Situations like this show us something else. I think God always wants to answer our prayers. He wants what is best for us. One author expounded on the earlier proposition of God’s three answers by suggesting that when God says “Yes,” he simply gives you what you want. When God says “No,” he actually wants to give you something better.

Too often we fail to see the answer to our prayers because it doesn’t look the way we expected when it comes to us. I will never forget the time I prayed for a piano player for our Wednesday night services. We had just started meeting regularly. We were singing the hymns a capella. We made that prayer request week after week for months. One week a new man showed up. He heard our prayer and offered to accompany us with his bongo drum. I laughed.

So did God. The man’s offer sparked one of our regulars to say, “Hey, I can play my guitar with him.” That marked the start of our praise band at church. I chuckle every time I think of that. My neighbor brought it home again this week. God always answers prayer. He often does in unpredictable ways that are far better than we can imagine. It only makes sense. God knows what we need. That’s why he doesn’t always give us what we want.

Do you remember Garth Brooks’ song, “Unanswered Prayer?” The chorus reminds us to “Remember when you’re talkin’ to the man upstairs. That just because he doesn’t answer, doesn’t mean he doesn’t care. ’Cause some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.” Brooks suggests that God cares deeply enough to do what is best for us, even if we don’t understand at the time. Does that mean we shouldn’t pray? Just the opposite.

The Apostle Paul says to “Pray without Ceasing.” Prayer is simply a conversation with God. It is opening your heart to him and sharing what matters most. Time spent with God changes us. It helps us see the big picture. It reminds us we aren’t alone. It affirms that we are loved. I almost cried when my neighbor shared her story this week. God had given her what she and the family needed most. It happens all the time.

So don’t give up. Keep praying. God hears you. Don’t be surprised if your answer comes in an unexpected way. It’s God’s way to let you know he’s listening and he cares.

The Rev. Cal Lord is pastor of Central Baptist Church in Westerly.

How do you pray?

What follows can help you learn how to pray.

1. Prayer Has Four Simple Steps.

2. Step 1: Address Heavenly Father.

3. Step 2: Thank Heavenly Father.

4. Step 3: Ask Heavenly Father.

5. Step 4: Close in the Name of Jesus Christ.

6. Praying in a Group.

7. Pray Always, With Sincerity and With Faith in Christ.

8. Prayers Will Always Be Answered.

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11 Ways to Pray for Yourself Every Day

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One of the key elements in prayer is petitioning, or praying for yourself. Some people shy away from such prayers, thinking that it violates humility and draws attention to themselves rather than God.

Yet, it’s absolutely biblical. In fact, Jesus petitioned the following the night before He was crucified: “Father…glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with you before the world was” (John 17:5).

If Jesus needed to pray for Himself, then I certainly need to pray for myself. That said, ponder these eleven personal requests I’ve started bringing daily to God.

1. Examine me.

I borrowed this one from King David, who asked God to “search him, know him, test him, and see if there was any offensive way” in him (Psalm 139:23, 24). It takes courage to pray in such a way, yet I want the Lord to reveal to me those things that aren’t pleasing to Him.

2. Forgive my sins.

This is the obvious next step after petition #1. I’m wasting my time praying if I’m not willing to make confession a part of the process (Psalm 66:18). Once I‘ve sought and received His forgiveness (1 John 1:9), I’m on praying ground, washed and cleansed, ready to proceed.

3. Fill me with Your Spirit.

When renowned preacher/evangelist D.L. Moody was asked why he constantly sought a filling of the Spirit, he responded, “Because I leak.” I was baptized with the Spirit when saved, a reality that never needs to be repeated. Yet, like Moody, I leak. I need to be continually filled (Ephesians 5:18), especially for times of special service and ministry.

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4. Restore and strengthen me.

Ministry can suck the life right out of us, creating a state of despondency and weariness (Isaiah 40:30). Like David, I ask God to “Restore to me the joy of your salvation” (Psalm 51:12). Also, I include myself in on God’s promise to His people, through the prophet Ezekiel: “I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh (36:26).

5. Grant me wisdom.

I have plenty of information at my disposal. What I need is wisdom—Godly wisdom—the kind that comes from above. We live in an age in which information abounds and wisdom seems nearly extinct. Thankfully, He’s happy to share it with us, “generously to all without finding fault,” if only we will ask (James 1:5).

6. Protect my mind.

Knowing I am what I think (Proverbs 23:7), I want to think good stuff. And I certainly need God’s help in doing so. Since we have the Holy Spirit living in us, we have access to the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). We dare not remain passive in the process, however. Daily, I pray that my carnal mind would be suppressed and Christ’s mind would reign supreme.

7. Stifle Satan.

Satan hates everything to do with what I’ve just written above. He’s lost the eternal war but will do everything in his power to win the battle for our minds. I pray for the daily strength to resist him so that he will flee (James 4:7). Like Jesus, I sometimes speak to him directly, demanding that he “get thee behind me” (Matthew 16:23).

8. Suppress unbelief and supply faith.

Such battles must never be entered alone. Like the father of the demon possessed boy, I must ask Jesus to “help me overcome my unbelief” (Mark 9:24). Like the fledging disciples, we need to ask the Lord to “increase our faith” (Luke 17:5).

9. Guard my behavior.

The last thing I want to do is to be a stumbling block to those around me (1 Corinthians 10:32), especially the lost. Therefore, I pray that the Lord would “lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from the evil one (Matthew 6:13), protecting me from and guarding me against bad attitudes and choices.

10. Arrange significant divine appointments.

Over the years, this verse has become increasingly significant to me: “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps” (Proverbs 16:9). My daily desire is to follow God’s schedule. Since He often gives spontaneous direction, I must allow margin in order for Him rearrange my schedule. I pray especially that He would lead me regularly into opportunities for evangelism and encouragement.

11. Enlarge my sphere of influence.

I’m taking this final petition right out of Jabez’s playbook. Like this Old Testament mystery man, I’m continually asking that “bless me and enlarge my territory” (1 Chronicles 4:10). According to Jack Taylor in PRAYER: Life’s Limitless Reach, this means “extended responsibility, lengthened influence, heightened opportunity.” For the glory of God, that’s the kind of desire for blessing and expansion of ministry and I’m continually seeking.

Petitioning is only one spoke in the prayer wheel. Certainly, it shouldn’t take precedent over praising God and interceding for others. Yet, in my remaining time on this fallen planet, I intend to take full responsibility for and advantage of every opportunity when it comes to praying for myself.

How do I pray to Jesus for help?

‘Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand… For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you. ‘Feb 18, 2020

Prayers for Help: Desperate Prayers to God from Christians

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Thankfully for Christians, the Bible never says that we need to be self-reliant or to find strength from within ourselves. It also never says that we are to have perfect lives, filled with only happiness and without enemies. God understands that this life is filled with trials, pain, and hardships and He actually wants us to always be reliant on Him. Scripture makes it clear that hardship will come, but Scripture also shows us that we are okay to be weak and to cry out to help from God. And the best part? God actually listens, and He actually helps.

Here is a List of Christian Prayers for Help:

1. A Prayer for God’s Help in a Time of Trouble

2. The Psalms Prayer of H.E.L.P

3. The Prayer for Help that Comforts

4. Psalm 86

5. A Prayer for Help during Illness

In this post, there is a list of powerful prayers of help. However, this post will not only go over Christian prayers of help, but we will also look to Scripture to see how God’s people prayed for help, and how He answers us.

5 Prayers for Help

Below, we have compiled a list of the best prayers of help that we have found. Our hope is that these prayers encourage you, just as they have encouraged others.

1. A Prayer For God’s Help in a Time of Trouble

“Father,

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You let Your Son die a brutal death on the Cross, paying the penalty for our sins, and through his resurrection, You’ve given us eternal life and access to Your glory. Oh Lord, thank You! In every situation in our lives, may we remember that You are sovereign over all… May every trial we go through in this life bring us closer to You. Our prayer today is for our enemies, our conspirators, and our foes. We are all imperfect, and You love us all equally. Help us to leave justice at Your feet, seeking peace and the Spirit’s sensitivity before lifting the gate on our emotions.

Right our hearts to place You at the helm. Bless our minds to run to You for solutions to problems that put our backs up against walls. Help us to resist gossip and slander, blame and unnecessary attacks on the character of others… When we are in trouble, help us to remember the cross. In the direst situation of all, Christ conquered death… We’re not promised this world will be easy or fair, but You guarantee Your presence and Your love. Grant us the courage to stick to Your standards. You are good, all the time. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

2. The Psalms Prayer of H.E.L.P

H. “Hear me lord and answer me for I am poor and needy.” (Psalm 86:1)
E. “Establish my steps in your word.” (Psalm 119:133)
L. “Let your compassion quickly meet our needs because we are on the brink of despair.”  (Psalm 79:8)
P.  “Protect me, God, because I take refuge in You. I say to the Lord, You are my Lord, apart from You I have nothing good.” (Psalm 16:1)

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3. The Prayer for the Help that Comforts

“Dear God, some days feel too hard. I’m hurting, struggling, fighting fear and worry at every turn. But in the midst of it all, you haven’t left me to fend for myself. Forgive me for doubting You are there. Forgive me for thinking you’ve forgotten. Forgive me for believing that I somehow know the better way. You are fully trustworthy. You are all-powerful. You are able. You are Lord over every situation no matter how difficult it may seem. You are Healer and will never waste the grief I carry today. Anything is possible with You. I pray not only for my own grief but also for those who grieve today. I ask for Your comfort to surround those who weep. I pray for the peace of Your presence to cover our minds and thoughts, as you remind us, the enemy can never steal us out of Your hands. Amen.”

4. Psalm 86

“Listen to me, Lord, and answer me,
for I am helpless and weak.
Save me from death, because I am loyal to you;
save me, for I am your servant and I trust in you.

You are my God, so be merciful to me;
I pray to you all day long.
Make your servant glad, O Lord,
because my prayers go up to you.
You are good to us and forgiving,
full of constant love for all who pray to you.

Listen, Lord, to my prayer;
hear my cries for help.
I call to you in times of trouble,
because you answer my prayers…”

5. A Prayer for Help During Illness

“Dear Jesus, Divine Physician and Healer of the Sick, I turn to You in this time of illness. Dearest Comforter of the troubled, alleviate our worry and sorrow with Your gentle love and grant us the grace and strength to accept this burden. We place our worries in Your hands. We ask that You restore Your servant to health again. Above all, grant us the grace to acknowledge Your Will, even when we don’t understand it. Amen.”

Scriptures on Praying for Help

There are many examples throughout Scripture pointing to God’s help for humanity. The verses below will inspire you to keep seeking more verses about God’s help, as well as encouraging you to see that God is the ultimate Helper in this life.

Psalm 116:1-2

I love the LORD because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!

— Psalm 116:1-2

In Psalm 116, we find David crying out help from God. Not only do we find a prayer of desperation, but we discover that God is bending down to listen to him. God is hearing the prayer of help. And later in the Psalm, it is revealed that God does save David from death and despair because David cried out and the Lord heard him.

Let this Scripture passage be an encouragement to you; that God is listening to your prayers for help, and that He will show His mercy in the midst of hardship.

Isaiah 41:10,13

‘Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand… For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’

— Isaiah 41:10,13

This passage of Scripture encourages God’s people to hold firm in the faith that God is their helper and Savior. There is no fear when we fix our gaze upon the truth that God will help us in times of need and hardship. God promises later in this chapter that He will provide even in the most dire circumstances. A perfect example of this is verse 17, where the Lord says, “When the poor and needy search for water and there is none,
and their tongues are parched from thirst, then I, the LORD, will answer them. I, the God of Israel, will never abandon them.”

Psalm 63:7

“Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.”

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— Psalm 63:7

In this verse, we find a testimony of how God is David’s helper. David lived a very treacherous life, full of hardship and conflict. However, because David writes a testimony of God’s help, we can be encouraged to see that God is faithful in times of trouble.

What Does 1 John 5:14 Mean? ►

This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.

1 John 5:14(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

The lost sinner is saved by grace through faith in Christ, but once that man or woman has been redeemed from the kingdom of Satan, and transferred into the kingdom of Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, that believer is expected to continue living his or her life by faith.

All Christians are commanded to walk by faith and not by sight. We are instructed to pray in confident faith, by maintaining an unshakable trust in the Word of God, and by standing on His precious promises, which provide all we need according to His riches in mercy, when we choose to walk in spirit and truth, and maintain unhindered access to the throne of God, “Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace,” we are exhorted, “so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

We are to remain in fellowship with our heavenly Father, by confessing our sin before His heavenly throne, and we are to abide in Christ in humility of heart and in willing obedience to His Word… for without maintaining a day-by-day trust in the Lord, and a solid faith in His unchanging Word, it is impossible for the saved saint to please our heavenly Father.

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There are dozens of spiritual blessings that are available to every born-again child of God, for we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing, through faith in Christ. Indeed, Peter tells us that we have received EVERYTHING we need for holy living, a godly character, and spiritual growth – which means that we have received everything we need to be able to pray in faith, according to His will.

Not only did the apostle John write his epistle, so that believers may know without a shadow of a doubt, that we have eternal life in Christ Jesus, but in this verse, he wants to establish our assured confidence in the privilege of prayer, the power of prayer, and the preciousness of prayer, “THIS is the confidence we have before Him,”  John writes, “THIS is our confidence, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”

The security of our salvation and the assurance of everlasting life, is founded on the unchangeable Word of God and His unchanging character. And the certainty that God hears and answers the prayers of the righteous, which are offered in accordance with His perfect will, is equally guaranteed, for this is a truth that is founded on God’s personal pledge, His promised Word, and His changeless character.

Knowledge of our sure salvation and our eternal inheritance should give every Christian the confidence to pray in faith and to pray expectantly, knowing that God hears our cries, and having the confident certainty that He will answer anything and everything that is asked, according to His will. However, we should be careful that when praying, we do not ask for something that is outside His sacred will and holy purposes.

Some may wonder how we can know God’s will, and how can we be sure that we are praying in accordance with His plans and purposes? Well, the Word of God is the greatest indicator of the will of God – not only for us individually but also for the wider world.

Christians in this Church dispensation are equipped to discern the Will of God through studying the Word of God. The redemption of humanity is foremost in His will, but He has laid out clear principles and practices for Christian living in Scripture, practices and principles that we would do well to read, know, learn, and apply thoroughly.

All who are born-again are expected to know the Scriptures thoroughly, to rightly divide the Word of truth, and to put into practice the godly principles and instructions, that are specifically written to the body of Christ – which is the Church. And we are to carry out the good work that God has prepared for us to do, through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

God is no respecter of persons and all believers have been given the same opportunity to walk in newness of life and allow Christ to be formed in us. The more we live for His praise and glory, align our thoughts to the mind of Christ, and keep our fleshly self nailed to the Cross, the more we find that we pray according to the will of our heavenly Father, and the greater will be our confidence that He will hear and answer our prayers, “for this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”

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Bible Study Questions

1 John 5:14-15

1)    What are the three main tests around which the Book of 1 John is designed? How do they differ from each other?

2)    Where does the main body of 1 John end? How many postscripts does John include at the end of his epistle (letter)?

3)    Why are postscripts important?

4)    Look carefully at 1 John 5:14, “And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” (1 John 5:14, NASB). What word does the verse begin with? (The NIV does not have this word because it does not carefully trace the original Greek text like the NASB). What does the use of this word show?

5)    The context of verse 5:13 then becomes important. What does 1 John 5:13 say? How does this thought found here connect to 5:14? Or put in other words, how does our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ affect our ability to pray? Share about non-Christians that you know of that pray. Are their prayers really ineffective?

6)    What does Isaiah 59:2 say about the effectiveness of prayer?  What about James 4:3?

Ask for anything! (1 John 5:14)

The first key to effective prayer is simply asking. The passage 1 John 5:14-15 has two ‘ifs.’ We have separated the first ‘if’ clause into two parts.

“And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” (1 John 2:14).

7)    How does John’s first key to effective prayer “Ask anything” relate to what Jesus said in the Gospels. Check John 14:13, 15:7, and 16:24.

8)    Does Jesus and John really mean anything? Why do you think John stresses this so much? (You  might think whether everyone is equally able to talk and bring up their wishes to their natural father when growing up).

9)    Application: Do you ask God for things are more like the person Jesus refers to in John 16:24? What are some things you have asked for from God in the last week or so?

  Seek according to God’s Will (1 John 5:14)

The second key to effective prayer is asking God of His will.

“And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” (1 John 2:14).

10) What does ‘according to His will’ mean? (1 John 5:14)

11) How do you seek God’s will? How do you know something is God’s will? Go through the article above and see on the section on buying a house and trying to excel in your field often lead to compromise.

12) What is the process of seeking God’s will. Explain what a ‘burden’ is (this is Christian jargon). Why is it important to get from the ‘burden’ stage to the ‘desire’ stage?

13) What does ‘hear your prayer’ mean? How do you know  that the Lord hears your prayer?

  Knock until He hears (1 John 5:15)

The confidence that we know God has heard our prayer is the third key to effective prayer.

“And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him” (1 John 5:15).

14) What happens when we are not sure He wants something, and we do not know it is His will or not?

15) What happens when we really think God wants something, but we don’t see an answer to prayer?

16) What happens when what He puts on our hearts seems so much greater than you would ever think of?

17) Why is this confidence or ‘faith’ in God’s answering prayer so important? How important is it if the answers to your prayer request is not seen right away (or ever)? See Daniel 10:13 and 1 Kings 18:41-45).

18) Review the three major steps in having effective prayer.

19) Identify one or two things that you right now need to go through this process with. Make sure they are things that God wants to do.

Reflective questions:

If God has given each of His children the ability to pray for anything, it only follows that He expects us to rightly use this power of prayer to accomplish His great and glorious will. What practical steps can you make to make your life count for Him? How important is prayer to a Christian or to the church overall? What happens if the prayers we could make are not made? Is there a situation so bad that we could not in true humility bring to God in prayer and not find a breakthrough?

Suggestion: Commit yourself to prayer. Ask the Lord to train you to pray and get ready for the adventure of your life!

Three Keys to Effective Prayer (1 John 5:14-15)

Introduction to 1 John 5:14-15

Qualifications for Prayer

1. Ask for Anything (1 John 5:14)

2. Seek according to God’s Will (1 John 5:14)

3. Knock Until He Hears (1 John 5:15) 

Study Questions on 1 John 5:14-15

Links to Main 1 John Articles

MEETING OUR GOD

Outline and Overview of 1 John

John’s Method of Detecting Errror (1 John)

A.) The Creation of God’s People (1 John 1:1-2:2) | Study Questions

The Key to Life (1 John 1:5-2:2)

B.) The Confirmation of God’s People (1 John 2:3-17) | Study Questions

Optimized for Growth (1 John 2:3-11)

A Disciple’s Three Stages (1 John 2:12-14)

C.) The Character of God’s People (1 John 2:18-3:24) | Study Questions

Growth in Confidence (1 John 2:28-3:10)

D.) The Charge to God’s People (1 John 4-5) | Study Questions

The Source of Love (1 John 4)

Three Keys to Effective Prayer (1 John 5:14-15)

Understanding Life’s Problems (1 John 5:21)

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Biblical Foundations for FreedomRev. Paul J. BucknellNASB used unless note

This is the Bible study questions for the studies entitled Three Keys to Effective Prayer on 1 John 5:14-15.
The answers can be found in the study below.

Three Keys to Effective Prayer (1 John 5:14-15)

Introduction to 1 John 5:14-15

Qualifications for Prayer

1. Ask for Anything (1 John 5:14)

2. Seek according to God’s Will (1 John 5:14)

3. Knock Until He Hears (1 John 5:15) 

Study Questions on 1 John 5:14-15

Links to Main 1 John Articles

MEETING OUR GOD

Outline and Overview of 1 John

John’s Method of Detecting Errror (1 John)

A.) The Creation of God’s People (1 John 1:1-2:2) | Study Questions

The Key to Life (1 John 1:5-2:2)

B.) The Confirmation of God’s People (1 John 2:3-17) | Study Questions

Optimized for Growth (1 John 2:3-11)

A Disciple’s Three Stages (1 John 2:12-14)

C.) The Character of God’s People (1 John 2:18-3:24) | Study Questions

Growth in Confidence (1 John 2:28-3:10)

D.) The Charge to God’s People (1 John 4-5) | Study Questions

The Source of Love (1 John 4)

Three Keys to Effective Prayer (1 John 5:14-15)

Understanding Life’s Problems (1 John 5:21)

What does 1 John 5:14 mean?

After emphasizing confidence in eternal life, John comments on confidence in prayer. The believer can know he or she has eternal life and know God hears their prayers. However, this verse specifies that getting a positive answer to prayer is based on asking “according to his will.” This phrase is used only two other times in the New Testament. In Luke 12:47, a parable is told about a servant who did not act “according to his [master’s] will” and received judgment. In Hebrews 2:4, the author mentions gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed “according to his will.”

Verses such as this clear up the common misconception that God promises to give us “absolutely anything” we ask for, no matter what. God is not a vending machine, or a robot. He acts according to His ways, not ours. He hears our prayers, but it should come as no surprise that He responds to those prayers according to His will.

Context Summary

First John 5:13–21 closes out the letter by focusing on assurance of salvation. The goal of John’s letter is to provide believers with a means to know, for sure, that they have eternal life. Those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ can be absolutely sure that they are saved. Despite our failures and sins, God is forgiving. And, through Christ, we have the power to overcome the world’s temptations to sin.

Chapter Context

Chapter 5 concludes the book of 1 John, once again emphasizing the supremacy of love in the Christian experience. Those who put their faith in Christ can know, for sure, that they have eternal life. This assurance comes by trusting what we know of the life of Jesus Christ, as well as the evidence of the Holy Spirit within us. Following God’s commands, particularly love, results in confidence of our salvation, as well as strength against the temptations of the world

Author: J. Palmer

Living under the wings of God and the angels around me keeping me going and safe. Sharing the love of Christ.

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Truth2Freedom's Blog

There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true. —Soren Kierkegaard. "...truth is true even if nobody believes it, and falsehood is false even if everybody believes it. That is why truth does not yield to opinion, fashion, numbers, office, or sincerity--it is simply true and that is the end of it" - Os Guinness, Time for Truth, pg.39. “He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” - Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard

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