John is about to end his letter with a powerful punch of truths.
John would have his readers remember the confidence they have in Christ, and the confidence they can have in prayer.
When John wrote his letter, Christianity was spreading like wildfire, though it was far from easy to be a Christ-follower.
False teachers abound. John’s friends and co-laborers, Peter and Paul have been executed. Jerusalem had been destroyed, and the church was scattered.
Still, John wrote, “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”. (1 John 5:14-15)
If God’s children ever needed to have confidence and be reminded God heard their prayers it was then.
But it is now too.
It is now too.
It is us too.
It is you too.
I hear from many of you who are walking through gut-wrenching things. And it’s easy in the midst of it all, to be tempted to think God is uninvolved. It is easy to stop praying and reason He already knows, so why pray.
Oh, but friend, “this is the confidence we have in Him, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” Those are God-breathed words, not mine.
Remember, John recorded the words his ears heard Jesus say, when He said, “ If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” (John 15:7)
In the hardest of days, and in the best of days, we were made to confidently abide in real relationship with God and pray to Him about everything.
It may sometimes seem He does not hear our prayers, but that is absolutely not the truth.
We need to know He hears us. John wrote his letter to remind Christians then and to reassure us today, to remind YOU in this moment, God hears YOUR prayers!
“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”.(1John 5:14-15)
Let’s remember. Let’s remind each other. Let’s hold on because He hears and He is at work!
Right after I posted this on FB, the verse of the day popped up on my phone. How I love when the Lord does this!