Meditation: 1 John 5:11-15
11And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
14Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15And 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 5:11-15 (NKJV)
1 John 5:11-15 is an incredible passage of God’s holy word! In these few verses, we see so clearly and simply the Gospel message presented. God is so good and faithful to each of us as Christians. Not only did He send his perfect Son, Jesus, to be crucified for our sins and offer us eternal life, but He speaks to us through His infallible Word continually. Whether for strength, encouragement, insight, or to worship the name of the Lord, we can come to His word at any time as a place of refuge.
In verse 11, John reminds us (Christians) that we have eternal life through Christ. He goes on to offer in verse 12, a clear-cut means of determining whether one has eternal life: If you have surrendered your life to Jesus Christ, and He dwells within you, you will experience life everlasting. However, if you do not have the Son of God, you do not have life. God realizes that there may be times of doubt in each one of us, and He has given Christians these verses to be an encouragement when such times may arise. Take a moment and look back to the point in your life where you accepted Christ. Do you remember the time or place in which that occurred? When doubt arises, think back on this time and recall what God promised us in Hebrews 13:5: “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Often times, it is easy to overlook the power that we have through prayer. We read in verse 14 that, “if we ask anything according to His (God’s) will, He hears us.” This brings about a question: What is God’s will for us to pray to him? I believe that this is something that we can ask God to reveal to us. “Lord, what would you have me to pray today?” We must always make sure that we are not praying for selfish reasons, but are praying to worship the King of kings and Lord of lords, and humbly come before His throne to offer our petitions. In verse 15, God communicates through John that He will grant what we ask if we know that He hears us and if we are praying in His will. This is a personal challenge to me to search my heart and always be mindful in my prayers to push my agenda aside and be open to the Lord’s moving.