1 John 5:13-15
That You May Know
13 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.
I’m breaking this section down into several sections because there is too much meat here to keep my devotion short.
Verse 13 makes me smile every time I read it. We live in a sinful world and we see our own actions falling short. We think of eternal life as something to come later, but this scripture says you have it NOW! The verse says “to you
who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.” We may be living in a sinful world, but through our faith in Jesus Christ, eternal life is ours now. Yes, our body will die, but we will have everlasting
life. This is comforting because I know that death is not an end, but a new beginning. I need not fear death, because I know where I am going. This is true peace, knowing that heaven is already ours. This is our confidence!
Verse 14 states: “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.” John makes a similar statement in the Gospel of John in chapter
14 which states: 12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may
be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” Notice that in the Gospel, is says “If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” In today’s reading, it says “if
we ask anything according to his will he hears us.” The difference between the two is the latter is based on “according to his will.” God is Holy and without sin, if we ask him to do something that is sinful, he
will not do it. God also has a plan and if we ask for something that doesn’t fit the plan, he will not do it. Sometimes we are so bold to dictate to God what we want him to do or give, but are we not putting our will over God’s will?
In the Lord’s Prayer, we pray “Thy will be done,” not My will be done. As a Christian, we put God’s will over our will, and when we pray, we pray “Thy will be done.” God hears all our prayer
requests, but sometimes we need to know that “No” is an answer. If the answer is no, then it is not His will.
I always like to remember before I ask of anything, to remember what I already
have. I have faith, the forgiveness of sins, eternal life, and salvation. What more do I need? I pray: Lord help me in my prayers to seek and ask “Thy will be done.” Help me to not take “no”
personally, but to realize that my thoughts do not align with your will. Help me and use me according to your will. Thank you for the precious gifts you have already given me. Amen.