7565 - Assurance in Prayer

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Today, we continue our study of 1 John. In this book God openly declares His love for His children in these pages. The encompassing message is that God wants His children to know that they live in Jesus and He lives in each one of us to give us an abundant, eternal life to those who habitually obey.

In 1 John 5, verses 14 and 15, we have some assuring words regarding prayer. Let’s read these verses from the NET Bible, “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.”

The essence of this passage is that each and every believer who lives according to his desires has a joyful, confident relationship with the Lord; and one of the facets of this relationship is that we talk with Him - we talk to Him, but He also talks to us. Friend, we have seen that this is truly a real relationship in which both are encouraged. God is pleased that we trust Him and have an appreciative attitude. Each Christian is encouraged in the close fellowship we may experience. We become so close that we are confident in the attitude that God wants to bless His children. He wants to protect us, to guide and direct us, and to supply our purified desires in life.

I used the term purified desires because as we live out the obedient child relationship God has freedom to even adjust our will to conform to His will; therefore, it is purified.

Look at Psalm 37:4. It says, “delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” That last phrase can be understood to say that the Lord will implant within us the desire for those things which He also want us to have and experience. Then we are in full agreement with His will. In that state of obedience the Christian has assurance that anything we ask, then God is going to see that it becomes a part of our life.

You may be thinking, “Boy! I can ask for a new red corvette to roar down the road. Or a big new house to impress my friends.” One thing is wrong with that. Our pride, as expressed in are not, is not purified. They are not in accordance to God’s plan. We are asking not to farther our relationship with our Father, nor are we asking in order to enrich the Kingdom of God; but rather, we want to buildup self before other people. In that regard God gives us forewarning that such prayers will not be answered in James 4:3. We read there: “When you ask [for those things], you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your own pleasures.”

The conflict comes in that such an attitude is selfish and worldly. John 14:13-14 gives insight into this principle. Jesus tells us: “I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” You see, the purified attitude is one, which desires to bring glory to the Father.

We find this expressed in Paul’s letter for the Philippian Christians (Phil. 1:11) which says: “[that you be] filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ — to the glory and praise of God.”

This abiding, obedient, mutual relationship of God’s children with our Father, will enrich and further the Kingdom of God of which we are members, and it will strengthen and grow all of God’s children.

Isn’t it great to have the assurance of this passage as we talk with our Lord!