by David Cawston

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Important Assurances (9 of 9)
An Epistle of Love
David Cawston
I John 5:14-21

I. John concludes his general Epistle by sharing with believers some important assurances and concerns that he has.

The confidence in coming to God in prayer! (read vs. 14)

We have wonderful privilege as a Christian to come before God with our petitions at any time and about anything.
We are to come boldly!

(Read Heb 4:16)
(Read Heb 13:5-6)

There is a confidence that we have that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

When we talk about asking according to His will we are not talking about discerning His will and then praying. Instead we are talking about being in His will by:
Giving our life to Him.
Desiring to be obedient to Him.
By having an attitude of surrendering our desires to His will.
We have a confidence that He hears us!
Every prayer is important to God!
His attention is always turned towards us when we pray!

A. The promise that God will give us what we ask!
15 And if we know that he hears us-- whatever we ask-- we know that we have what we asked of him.

John 16:24
24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. (NIV)

If we ask anything we know that He hears us!

Illus. Elijah on Mount Carmel with the prophets of Baal.

IKing 18:25-29
25 Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, "Choose one of the bulls and prepare it first, since there are so many of you. Call on the name of your god, but do not light the fire."
26 So they took the bull given them and prepared it. Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. "O Baal, answer us!" they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made.
27 At noon Elijah began to taunt them. "Shout louder!" he said. "Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened."
28 So they sh ...

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