“Boldly Pray with Confidence”
Start With Prayer:
Dear God, please help me to hear you, and understand your message for me.
John was an apostle of Jesus and he wrote a letter to the believers in a church in Asia Minor. These people were being taught by a group who believed that they were morally perfect, and other weird things like, all physical matter is evil. This meant they were teaching that Jesus couldn’t possibly be the Son of God … oh, and they knew this because they apparently had “direct knowledge of God.”
Clearly, John had a few things to clear up. Mainly he wants them to feel confident in their forgiveness and acceptance, through Jesus.
1 John 5:13-14
“13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
What’s the point?:
These young believers weren’t really sure that they belonged. They had so many other voices in their heads telling them that they wouldn’t receive forgiveness, that they wouldn’t receive salvation, that they “didn’t belong to the club.” So naturally, they were very concerned about their “spiritual status.”
Can you relate, possibly?
Do you believe in God and have faith in Jesus, but still have those voices in the back of your head that say, “yeah … BUT ..”
Maybe you don’t feel like you deserve forgiveness, or that you don’t know enough about the Bible … or maybe, you haven’t given it much thought at all before, and so now you’re really worried you aren’t in the club either.
Maybe you’re worried that your doubts or questions will get you thrown out, or worry that you push God off to the side so often that you’re convinced He’s forgotten about you, put YOU off to the side.
John was so concerned about these false beliefs, these lies that believers were being fed that he wrote this letter to ensure the truth came out.
That truth is true for these people in Asia Minor, living between 80-90 AD, AND it still rings true for you and me in 2019.
Notice the qualifier John uses as he writes. He doesn’t say, “I write these things to you who are morally superior. I write these things to you who are perfect and have never sinned.”
He says, “I write these things to you who BELIEVE.”
Your acceptance was paid for on the cross. The work was done for you, all you have to do is ACCEPT it, and BELIEVE.
What does all of this mean to me/how can I apply that to my life today?
When you pray are you confident that God hears you?
Now I don’t mean, “Are you confident He’s going to answer immediately, in the way you want Him to?” … None of us are, or rather, none of us should be confident of that. That’s another topic for another time.
But … what I mean is, do you believe that God hears you?
Do you believe that you have the right to go to Him?
Do you believe that you are worth His time?
Sometimes, we hold ourselves back, or refrain from praying all together, because we have this underlying fear that it’s not worth our time. We falsely believe that He doesn’t hear us, He doesn’t care, or He isn’t going to do anything about it anyways, so why bother.
Oh, friend, I have been there, so I understand. But I have also been on the other side, the side that isn’t afraid to pray, that vulnerably spews my guts before God (which is never very pretty, by the way … there are no flowery words in most of my prayers, let me tell you) But I pray with abandon BECAUSE, I am CONFIDENT that He hears me.
And I can stand here and say, I am CONFIDENT because He has given me peace that is truly not of this world. I have experienced Him in such real ways, that I have literally reached across the seat of my car to grab hold of His hand. Hand on the Bible – true story!
I’ve come to learn that His showing up, has NOTHING to do with me, my works, or my flaws.
He’s there, I just have to believe it’s so. And over time, as I came to know Him better, I could recognize Him showing up in bigger and bigger ways.
Like anything else, it just took some practice. But friend, if there is one thing I could tell you, one thing I could convince you to try … it would be to pray in CONFIDENCE, and wait to be flooded with His peace when you do!