1 John 5:14-16 – “And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 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.” NASB
In the last devotional we discussed a key to having prayers answered. That key is available to all believers all the time! Today we hope to expand that enlightenment and encouragement. Hopefully we will discover some things to help us in our pursuit of the Promises of God.
This text mentions some specific things that need to be examined individually. It speaks of our confidence in God and our hope in prayer. That confidence and hope are based on something specific.
- IF We ask ANYTHING…
That takes the limitations off what we can pray about. That covers every area of life and omits nothing. Whatever we need is included in this declaration. We have a solidly sure confidence and hope in God that “If we ask anything…” But is that the finale of that statement? No, there is more but it is the beginning which we need to embrace.
- The Asking is to be According to or in Harmony with His Will.
I want to definitively insist that to know His Will it is mandatory that we know His Word and know Him! I am equally convinced that to know God’s Word or understand the precepts and principles revealed therein it is mandatory that we be ‘born-again’. As a Child of God, we are to ‘study’ as a workman not only learning but applying what we have learned.
Theory is not what God is looking, He is looking for application. Theoretical faith is of no real value but Applied Faith is. God wants us to ‘destroy’ the works of the devil not theorize about destroying the works of the devil. If would be a mistake to assume that we can know the Word and Will of God without going to His Word or The Will and Testament where the Promises are made.
- Additionally, We Discover that IF we ask According to or in Harmony with His Will – He Hears Us.
That is the key! Psalm 34:15 informs, “The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.” That’s Prayer! The fact that He hears us is of major significance as we read in verse 15 of our text.
- If He Hears Us, the Promise is that WHATEVER We Have Asked is GRANTED.
Imagine such a guarantee in any area of life. This promise sounds too good to be true but when you consider who is making the promise you quickly realize that if God said it, He will fulfill His part of the bargain. Matthew 24:35 declares, “Heaven and Earth shall pass away but My Words shall not pass away.”
If we cannot rely on God’s Word and God to fulfill His Promises, then the Bible is worthless, and our faith is in vain. The key is simple but not easy! It is not easy become so completely committed to the Will of God and to invest ourselves in the pursuit of His Word, Will, and Purposes that we have complete confidence that we know His Will. However, much of His will is plainly revealed in the Word and so obvious that even a blind man could see it clearly.
The first step in receiving answers to our prayer is Knowing the Will of God. Therefore, the first line of our prayers should not be ‘gimmie,’ but what do you want, LORD? I contend that God would never have a will for us and hide it from us. He is not unconcerned about what we do, He has a preference. We are to Ask, Seek, and Knock. The question is our motives? What is our objective? Why do we want what we want?
I contend that much of the time we already know the will of God before we petition Him. Sometimes we pray trying to get Him to change His mind and do what we want rather than what He has declared is His objective, desire, and purpose.
The second step is to ask according to or in harmony with His will. If we ask amiss, the Bible informs us that we will get nothing. Our prayers become nothing more than noise. We become chatters of noise not purpose and faith.
The third step is to ‘Hold Firm to That Confidence’ and rest in the assurance of 1 John 5:14-15 refusing to doubt or be double-minded. Jesus said it, the Bible authorizes it, God wills it, we believe it, it is settled, and it is ours! That should be our approach to prayer!
I believe that God has a will regarding any and every situation we encounter. Hebrews 13:8 affirms that our LORD is the same yesterday, today and forever. The Spirit of Truth is standing ready to minister to our every need and is concerned about our every prayer.
God bless you as you embark on today’s leg of life’s journey!