The faith or Christians was tested in similar ways as we are challenged today.
The enemy, Satan continues his attack on humanity, preying on the weak, always lurking.
Because those with faith in Jesus Christ are empowered by the Holy Spirit, a renewed spiritual self named after the spiritual character of God almighty. John now addresses prayer, and its impact on the Christian life.
“14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” (1 John 5:14)
The power of prayer was known to most if not all Christians of the first century. John teaches believers of the condition involved in God hearing our prayers. To be heard by the Lord, our prayers must be for His glory and for the fulfillment of His perfect plan.
“15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” (1 John 5:15)
Since God answers all prayers meant for His glory, and praising His will, we can confidently know the object of our prayers delivered in His name will be fulfilled. This fulfillment will come as a blessing in nature as well as its timing.
“16 If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that.” (1 John 5:16)
John calls on believers to pray for those afflicted with temporary spiritual blindness, that have strayed off the path. Because these are sinners, as we are ourselves sinners in need of redemption.
The apostle also mentions sinners dwelling in such spiritual misery, their fate, which leads to death is worn on their sleeve. Such transgressors should not be prayer for as God will not hear prayers aimed at enriching fools.
“17 All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death.” (1 John 5:17)
We know from our own conscience, the difference between right and wrong. As a believer, when we do wrong, to each one of us, this is sin. All sin is bad, and detested by God. He hates the sin, such as stealing, or lying, or coveting which most people in spite of their faith are guilty of. But God loves us, and for those in chains for sin, Yahweh’s love and outpouring of blessings are the vessel by which you shall b delivered from the bondage of your sin.
All sin and fall short of the glory of God. As a disciple of Jesus Christ, it is our call and duty to get back up and be forever changed by your sin, not eternally imprisoned because of it. Let’s pray!
We thank you for your blessings in our lives and for your servant John,
We praise you Lord for his wisdom and for his works through this scripture,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we grow in you through the teachings of your faithful apostle.
Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.
God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your word, your everlasting wisdom and strength.
May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.
We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre