Practices

5.4 – Assurance of an Answer – 1 John 5:14

Memorize 1 John 5:14

And this is the boldness we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us (NRSV).

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us (NIV).

Reflect on 1 John 5:14

  • Read chapter 5 in John's first letter from the NRSV, the NIV, or The MESSAGE.
  • Someone has suggested that God answers our prayers with a "yes," or a "no," or just "slow."  My hunch is that God is probably not limited to our human conceptions, but how do these three answers align us with what is according to God's will?
  • Can you point to moments in your life when you received each of the above answers?  (Note:  even if you were not a "praying" person our very beings seem to know to call upon the Lord.)  Take a few moments to describe on paper those God moments.  See if God provides you an opportunity to share your wisdom with another person this week.