Guarantee Of A Hearing
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him”
(1 John 5:14-15).
“Iprayed but I didn’t get any result because it wasn’t God’s will for me to have it” some would say, and would even go as far as to use the scripture above to explain their catalogue of unanswered prayers. But Jesus said,“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Matthew 7:7). Why would He tell us to ask for anything if His intention is to deny some of our requests? The problem of those who make these excuses is their ignorance of the scriptures (Hosea 4:6) and so they blame God or use Him as the alibi for their unproductive prayer.
God is not a man; He doesn’t tell lies or change His mind (Numbers 23:19 CEV). If you examine 1 John 5:14-15 carefully, you’ll observe that the scripture isn’t talking about whether or not our request is consistent with the Father’s will; rather, it’s talking about having a hearing before the Father. The subject of John’s discussion in that chapter is our right-standing with the Father. The emphasis of the 14th and 15th verses then should be, “How do we ask according to His will?” We ask the Father in the Name of Jesus!
“And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you” (John 16:23). His will is that you ask the Father in the Name of Jesus. Here Jesus is telling them of the new day when they would ask the Father directly for whatever they desired in His (Jesus) Name. He was introducing them to a new revelation; a new way of asking. Jesus affirmed this in the following verse:“Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:24). Jesus wanted His disciples to understand that His Name connects them directly to the Father. Here, He was giving them the power of attorney to use His Name.
Today, we’re living in the day Jesus spoke of.All you need to do to have a hearing is to ask in the Name of Jesus. So if you ask the Father in the Name of Jesus, you’re asking according to His will and this guarantees a hearing.And the Bible also says that if we know that we are heard, we’re also sure that our requests are granted (1 John 5:15 CEV).
Today let this truth bolster your confidence and strengthen your faith to ask whatever you will; the Father is more willing to give to you than you’re willing to ask. Therefore,“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you”(Matthew 7:7).
Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for the revelation of your Word to me today. Now I know how to ask in order to have a hearing and it’s for this reason I’m confident that I have every request I make in the Name of Jesus. Amen
Matthew 21:22, Luke 11:9
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1 Year Bible reading plan: Act 21:1-16, Job 25-28
2 Year Bible reading plan: Galatians 3:13-22, Isaiah 31