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Bible Reading: 1 John 5.13-15

These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him. 1 John 5:13-15

Did you know you already possess eternal life? John assures us that if you have trusted Christ for your salvation you possess eternal life now. You don’t get it when you die. You own eternal life now! If you know you have eternal life then you know you are a part of God’s family and His Kingdom. And, if you’re a part of the family and Kingdom you can be confident in prayer and go to God with anything.

But as we mature and walk with God we learn that prayer yields itself to God’s will. Prayer is not all about me, but my place in the Kingdom. Rather than going to God and saying, “Here’s what I want” we say, “God, how do You want me to pray today? What is it that You want to do through me today? What’s my place in the family and Your Kingdom’s work?” Prayer is not just asking for what we want. God will take care of His family and will meet your needs. But the main emphasis of prayer is asking God what He wants. He hears that kind of prayer.

Eternal life and answered prayer are two great promises stemming from our salvation in Jesus. So, as you pause today and reflect on these verses, let them change your approach in prayer. Then listen to what God reveals and look for ways He will use you today.

Weekly Memory Verse: Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 1 John 4.15