“these things” 1 John 5:13-15

1 John 5:13-15 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: 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 what we asked of him.”
1 Giovanni 5:13-15 “Vi ho scritto queste cose perché sappiate che avete la vita eterna, voi che credete nel nome del Figlio di Dio.14 Questa è la fiducia che abbiamo in lui: che se domandiamo qualche cosa secondo la sua volontà, egli ci esaudisce.15 Se sappiamo che egli ci esaudisce in ciò che gli chiediamo, noi sappiamo di avere le cose che gli abbiamo chieste.”
    
     In this section, John says he writes “these things”. To what things does he refer? The previous verses show us that he means in spite of what the world and the spirit of antichrist would say to us, believers need to have absolute assurance that they have eternal life. This confidence or assurance rests in the testimony of God (v. 11). With this fact firmly in place, John proceeds to move to the vital issue of prayer
     Prayer is really a direct approach to God. The word “confidence” (v. 14) comes from a compound word meaning “to speak it all”. It implies a direct boldness in your request. When we pray this way, three things come into alignment. First, we have confidence in our approach. We serve a gracious King who welcomes us into His presence. Second we have confidence that as we believe in Jesus Christ (1 John 2:22) and have obeyed His commands (1 John 3:23-24), it will help us ask according to His will. Jesus’ prayer model says: “your will be done.” (Matt. 6:10). Someone has said that prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance. It is laying hold of God’s willingness. Third, we have confidence that we have an audience with the Lord: He hears us. Our prayers are not lost in cyberspace or relegated to what may seem unimportant. God hears us. John concludes by saying we know (present tense). Not I think, I hope or even I will. It is a present confidence that God hears us now. Are  
“these things” active in your prayer life ?
Pray with me: Lord, I am reminded once again how much You love and care for me when I pray. Help me to approach You with confidence, ask with confidence as I live in Your will, and be resolute in the knowledge that You hear my every prayer.

 



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