What keeps us from living, praying, and dreaming boldly?
For many, it’s because we aren’t sure if it’ll actually happen. We’ve been disappointed in the past, so we want to curb any future disappointments by staying cautious and playing it safe. But did you know you were made to do more, trust more, risk more, overcome and accomplish more? No matter where we are or where we’ve been, we all have opportunities that are yet to be discovered and realized—but we have to know that and believe that.
The Apostle John knew the importance of having this confidence and faith. He wanted God’s people to know they have eternal life and to know that He hears us when we make our requests. When we ask for anything that pleases Him, John told us to be confident and know that God will give us what we ask for. He was concerned about the things we as Christ-followers know to be certain, so 36 times, he wrote these know statements in 1 John. We should know we are God’s children and the evil one cannot touch us; and we must know that the Son of God came and became the Way for us to know the one, true God.
But if we’re uncertain about the promises of God and the truth we as children of God can claim each and every day, then it’s impossible to ask for more, hope for more, live for more. Because we can’t be bold if we don’t know what to be bold about. The Lord doesn’t want us to waste our life, scared of disappointment, or praying weak prayers. God wants us to know that we can approach His throne of grace with confidence and pray without hesitation or fear.
So, as God’s people, let’s hope again. Let’s pray bold prayers, expecting our great God to show up, and let’s know that we were made to live with kind of courage.
1. Which of John’s know statements stand out to you the most?
2. Write that know statement down and place it in a spot you’ll see often this week to continually remind you the confidence you can have in Christ.
1 John 5:13-21
13 I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life. 14 And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases
him. 15 And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.
16 If you see a fellow believer sinning in a way that does not lead to death, you should pray, and God will give that person life. But there is a sin that leads to death, and I am not saying you should pray for those who commit it. 17 All wicked actions are sin, but not every sin leads to death.
18 We know that God’s children do not make a practice of sinning, for God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot touch them. 19 We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one.
20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And now we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life.
21 Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.