1 John 5:13-18
That You May Know I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that. All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that does not lead to death. We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him. (ESV)
Confidence in Christ
Asking in accordance with God’s will is a sure way to be heard!
Knowing God hears us reassures us that God is answering.
Are you seeking only God’s will as you pray? (Matt. 6:7-15)
How do you know when you are totally surrendered to the will of God?
You learn to accept God’s will. (Luke 22:41-42)
You learn to trust God. (Pro. 3:5-6, Heb. 11:6)
According to verses 13-15, we must:
Pray in faith. (Matt. 21:22, James 1:6)
Pray in obedience. (Psalm 66:18-19, 1 Peter3:12)
Pray with patience. (Luke 18:1-8)
Pray in submission. (Rom. 8:5-8)
According to verses 16-17, we must:
Pray for our brothers/sisters. (1 Thess. 5:14-21)
Pray for their souls. (James 5:13-20)
Choices have consequences.
Consequences teach us spiritual lessons.
Pray that they would not continue in their sin.
Trust in the judgement of the Lord! (2 Timothy 4:1-5)
Key to Transformation!
Pray with confidence for the will of God