1 John 5:14-15, “14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15 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.”
In 1 John 5:14-15, the Apostle John begins his final remarks and application to the teaching of 1 John. He has told us where his readers can find assurance of salvation; now the Apostle John gives them several exhortations before he concludes.
1 John 5:14 returns to the subject of 1 John 3:21 and namely how we may have confidence before God. Such confidence causes obedience to the will of God and thus to receive from the Lord what we request according to His sovereign purposes. Real assurance produces obedience to God. Such obedience is not legalism but results in God’s people seeing answered prayer according to Scripture.
When we considered 1 John 3:21, we explained the Christians’ obedience is not the cause of God’s affirmative responses, nor does it ensure it. Instead, we know the Lord only says yes to our prayers, when we pray according to the Word of God. Obedience is linked, then, to such answered prayer in that those who obey the Lord know the Word of God, and therefore pray in accordance with what Scripture teaches.
1 John 5:14 tells readers that God hears. The Lord God hears and answers prayer in the affirmative according to His sovereign purposes, when we pray His Word. 1 John 5:15 tells readers we know he “hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.” Both verses are giving readers confidence that when we pray according to Scripture, the Lord, may answer according to His sovereign purposes and plans. Either way, His will be done.
Job 42:2 makes it clear that God’s will is always done. And yet, we must then ask since that’s the case, “Why do we pray?” And the answer is, we pray, according to Scripture, because Scripture is how God has revealed Himself, so we pray because we are commanded to do so (Matthew 6:5-15). The Lord God tells His people to pray, and since, He is the Lord, Christians must pray.
God’s will is always done, but He uses His people to accomplish His will. It must be explained that to what degree this affects God or anything along these lines, we don’t know. We don’t know how all of this works, but what we do know is that God ordains prayer and uses prayer as a powerful means to bring about the ends, He has decreed in the Word of God. As we pray, we pray according to Scripture, He uses it as a tool to execute His purposes.
The Lord’s will is always accomplished. We must remember that as we pray, we are not robots. God is not disinterested in our prayers. He uses prayer to accomplish and bring about His sovereign purposes. The Lord uses His people to accomplish His ordained ends. This privilege should move God’s people to seek His will by reading, studying and applying the Word so that they may pray properly and effectually. Please spend some time in prayer today, asking the Lord to help you understand and pray according to Scripture, at all times.