1 John 5:14
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
The writer speaks of “the confidence we have in approaching God,” and he narrows this idea of confidence down to what we may ask of God—namely, we may “ask anything according to his will.”
Often we bring the things from our will to God. We have our lists, we have our hopes, and we have the ideas of what we think and what we can afford, and these we bring to God in prayer. The writer of 1 John suggests to us the idea that discerning God’s will before asking anything builds confidence in our prayer journey.
First John 5:14 invites us to come to the Father and humbly ask, “Father, what is on your prayer list for me to speak to you about today?” This has an aroma of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane saying, “Not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42).
Father, I acknowledge your sovereignty over my life. Help me to submit to your will. Let my heart be right before you, my mind filled with the words of your Spirit, and my spirit filled with your presence. May thy will be done.
Prayer Journal Reflections
What is the Holy Spirit saying to you today about the Lord’s protection, direction, and revelation for your life and the life of the church?
—Mark Collins, District Superintendent, Canada Atlantic