< What I Learned Teaching Sunday School: 1st John 5:14-15

Saturday, June 16, 2007

1st John 5:14-15

1 John 5:14-15 “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”

The key of course here is praying in God’s will. We pray that He aligns what we want with what He wants and then we can be sure He listens and will answer. Remember, Jesus prayed, “thy will be done” not “thy will be changed” (Matthew 26:39, 42) when He was in the garden praying.

People’s natural impulse when praying is asking for what we want; where as true prayer is asking God for what He wants and the only request is for grace to accept His will and the strength to do it.

God is always waiting for us to pray and is always ready to listen. We never need to take a number or leave a message. We don’t get the menu: Press 1 for God, 2 for Jesus, 3 for the Holy Spirit. (And then you press 1 and get Press 1 for spiritual request, 2 for material request, 3 for healing. And when you press 3: Press 1 for spiritual healing, 2 for healing of the body, 3 for healing for another person!) It won’t happen!

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