1 John 5:13–21 (ESV)
That You May Know
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. 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.
16 If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life—to
those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that. 17 All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that does not lead to death.
know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him.
19 We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies
in the power of the evil one.
20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is
the true God and eternal life. 21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols.
The closing of 1 John is framed by the first and last verses in today’s reading. The first verse states the purpose
of 1 John “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. The closing verse gives warning that can take away the first verse. The last verse states “Little children,
keep yourselves from idols.”
Verse 2 offers some great insight on how God answers prayers. The Christian community is being misled by many pastors who are preaching health, wealth, and prosperity or teaching
name it and claim it. This is NOT scriptural! It is true that there are many areas in the Bible that say if you ask for anything in my name, I will grant it. But let’s be real, when interpreting the Bible, we must take in consideration
all scriptures and not an isolated verse. If I pray for $10,000,000, then is God going to grant it? Probably not... but he could! When I pray for $10,000,000, is that my will or God’s will? In the Lord’s Prayer, we pray
“Thy will be done”, not “My will be done”. If I am the one asking or dare I say demanding... I am imposing my will on God and I am actually playing God by thinking I know what is best for me. Verse 2 brings the right and
scriptural context to “asking God”. “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.” Notice the inclusion of “according to his will”. It’s not about what I want, or what I “claim”, but it is what He wants and the Lord’s Prayer “Thy will be
done.” Many pastors are misleading their people by keeping the “according to his will” out of prayer requests.
There is much more to say, but I will save this for another day.
I pray: O Lord, I know that you came to fulfill your plan of salvation for me, to bring me forgiveness and eternal life. I pray to lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from evil... and especially idol
worship. Protect me and guide me to your Kingdom. Amen.