LEADERSHIP TRAINING MEDITATION
TALK TO GOD
I John 5:14-15 (NIV)
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
Main Idea—Children of God can have confidence in knowing that anything asked for in accordance with God’s will shall be done.
- False teachers had caused confusion in the church and left, taking a number of people with them. So, John’s primary purpose in writing was to offer pastoral encouragement, and to instill confidence and hope, by reminding his audience about their fellowship with God and with one another.
- John wants believers to have a sure foundation for faith; authentic Christian
faith rests on God’s testimony to the personhood of Jesus Christ.
- Those then who believe can have further confidence in God, that God hears and that God favorably regards prayer offered in faith, according to the will of God.
- Prayer is rooted in understanding God’s will and promises according to God’s Word, then praying those promises into action.
- Persevere in prayer even when you do not understand God’s will or the ways of God (Isaiah 55:8-9).
- Spend time in prayer today, asking God to help you understand and pray to be in the will of God at all times.
- Prayer is not optional for the children of God, it is absolutely essential, because if you do not pray, you are not living by faith in God.
- Biblical prayer is not trying to talk God into giving us what we want. Rather, it is submitting our will to the will of God.
- God would have us ask anything in prayer. This is not to imply that anything we ask for will be granted, but ask anything in the sense that, we can and should pray about everything.