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1 John 5:13-15 NLT
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.
Don’t we wish that was the reality? He will give us whatever we ask. The Bible says it so it must be a reality. So why don’t we always get what we pray for?
What we say and what we doesn’t always match. We are either going to stop believing it, or we are going to apply it to our lives. There is a gap in our lives between who we are and what we are going to become. We are created to experience God.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if every time we asked that God said YES? How do we get there? How do we live this life? At times in the Bible it seems like the writer of what you are reading forgets what he is talking about. Much like this situation.
In the first verse God proclaims to us through the pen of John that we can know that we have eternal life. Yet many people think eternal life is heaven or the afterlife. I believe that eternal life is all the life that God gives us. Beginning at salvation and never having an end; thus, the reason it is called eternal.
I submit that the reason we don’t always get a YES to our prayers is that we are living for the wrong purpose and seeking the wrong things often. It is only when we live the life God have given us that the answer to our prayers is the positive.
If God was to give us all that we ask for, those answers would severely change and destroy our future. God knows what is best. He has plan for us.
Ask in the way that pleases God or in His will and the answers God gives will be what we want because they will be what God wants.
James 4:1-3 NASB
What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members? 2 You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.
NOTE: Continue to pray for Brenton Hall as his struggle has gotten much worse and pray for 8-year-old Miguel Galdamez as he will have heart surgery at UVA later this week.