1 John 5:14, 15 - Effective Prayer.
1 John 5:14, 15 (NKJV) Now this is the
confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything
according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know
that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that
we have the petitions that we have asked of
1 John 5:14, 15 (CWR) We have confidence in
God to know that He will listen to whatever we
ask in harmony with His will. 15 And if we know
that He listens to us, we know that He will give
us whatever is best.
As the will of man co-operates with the will
of God, it becomes omnipotent. Whatever is to
be done at His command may be accomplished in
His strength. All His biddings are enablings.
Do you ever wonder if prayer really
works? Youre praying about something and Satan
whispers to you, This is a waste of time. Forget
it! Who do you think you are? What do you think
youre doing? God isnt listening. Dont waste
Prayer works because God is in control.
The basis of all miracles is Gods
sovereignty. Why does he do one and not another? Because
God is in control. We have to trust his wisdom
and his goodness.
Ephesians 3:20 says, God is able
to do far more than we would ever dare to ask
or even dream of - infinitely beyond our
highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes
Prayer can do whatever God can do. His
resources are available to you. Twenty times in the
New Testament it says, Ask. Its
encouraging to know that the things out of my control
are not out of Gods. I may not be able to
change a situation, but I can pray, and God can
I know exactly what some of you are
thinking right now: If I can pray and ask God to
change things, and if God is really in control of
everything, why dont I get everything I pray for?
Good question. Here are three reasons:
God is not a genie. You dont just put
in a prayer and get whatever you want. If every
prayer were answered, wed be spoiled brats. Do
you give your children everything they ask for?
I hope not. You know whats best for them.
You can see the bigger picture. If you can see
the bigger picture for your kids, how much
bigger is the picture God can see?
Sometimes Christians pray in conflict. If
two Christians are praying at the Super Bowl for
different teams, whos God going to answer?
Obviously, God cant answer every prayer at the same
But I think the real reason is this:
God knows whats best, and you dont.
If you think you do, that is very presumptuous.
The Bible tells us, We are sure that [God]
hears us if we ask him for anything that is
according to his will (1 John 5:14 GNT). Look at
the phrase according to his will. The
attitude of your prayer needs to be: Lord, this is
my prayer request, but thy will be done.
Thats what Jesus prayed in Luke 22:42: Father,
if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet
not my will, but yours be done (NIV).
LINK FOR FURTHER STUDY ON THIS PASSAGE
1 John 5:14, 15 - Effective Prayer.
If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in
hearing from you. Thanks in advance and let's keep
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred
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