1 John 5:13-17
Mar 22, 2015
1 John 5:13-17 I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. Now this is the confidence we have before Him: Whenever we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears whatever we ask, we know that we have what we have asked Him for. If anyone sees his brother committing a sin that does not bring death, he should ask, and God will give life to him - to those who commit sin that doesn't bring death. There is sin that brings death. I am not saying he should pray about that. All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin that does not bring death.
Big Idea - Confidence in our eternal life gives us confidence to request things from God.
1. Since we are eternally God's children, we can ask anything according to God's will and he will give it to us.
Matthew 7:7-11 "Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What man among you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
2. We should pray for believers who are sinning as a way to love and trust God.
Luke 22:31-34 "Simon, Simon, look out! Satan has asked to sift you like wheat. But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And you, when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers." "Lord," he told Him, "I'm ready to go with You both to prison and to death! " "I tell you, Peter," He said, "the rooster will not crow today until you deny three times that you know Me! "
Asking God for things is not selfish, because God wants to bless us.
In what ways are we afraid to approach God in prayer?
Ask God to give you confidence in your relationship with him.
When you see other believers sinning, humbly pray for them.
Note: all scripture references are in HCSB