First John 5:11-21 is John’s encouragement to the believers. He encourages them about everlasting life, prayer, wickedness and understanding. Today we will look at prayer.
Prayer (V 14-15)
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
What is the will of God?
- Sanctification (1 Thessalonians 4:3-4) For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;
- Giving thanks (1 Thessalonians 5:18) In every thing give thanks: for this is thewill of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
- Renew you mind (Romans 12:2) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect,will of God.
Praying for brother in sin (V 16-17)
If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. 17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.
Sin unto death (Matthew 12:31-32)
Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. 32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.
Prayer is talking with God. He desires us to come to him with our burdens, concerns, desires, and confessions. He is there to love us, bless us, rebuke us, reprove us, and answer our prayers. His answers may not be our answers, but they will best for us.
Pray to God. Tell what is on your heart. Allow Him to direct you, as only He can do.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001