Read – 1 John 5:13–21
SOAP – 1 John 5:14–15
And this is the confidence that we have before him: that whenever we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask, then we know that we have the requests that we have asked from him.
John wanted to encourage his readers that they could be sure of their eternal salvation. All that is required is that we place our faith in Jesus. If we do, we are saved (v. 13).
This confidence of salvation should give us confidence in our prayer life as well. God hears the prayers of His children. He wants us to come to Him and talk to Him. He wants us to pour out our hearts, repent of our sins, and ask for the things we need. This does not mean that all of our requests will be answered in the way that we want them to be answered. God knows what is best for us, though it may not always seem like He is working for our good.
It is our faith that allows us to accept God’s will for us. Our faith gives us the hope and confidence that we can trust God’s purposes in our lives even when we don’t understand what God is doing.
Lord, thank You that I can come before You in prayer without judgement or condemnation. Thank You that You love hearing me pour my hearts out to You. Please strengthen my faith so I can accept the way You answer my prayers and be able to praise You in the midst of answers I do not understand. Amen.