An Overlooked Promise
“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life (1 John 5:13 NIV)
In the apostle John’s first letter we find what I call the most overlooked promise in the Bible. [In the verse above,] John is speaking about the attitude of assurance God desires for this children.
God wants us to feel secure regarding our relationship with him. He wants us to know with certainty that we possess eternal life as part of his family. This security and knowledge are significant because doubts and insecurity will grieve the Father’s heart and hinder our ability to live victoriously.
Because we are God’s children, then, we can bring our needs to him with certainty in prayer. We can have the same confidence in asking for things as we have about our salvation.
Prayer is not some kind of heavenly lottery. Nor does the Bible counsel us to pray with an “I hope this will work” kind of attitude. Instead, we are told that prayer brings us before the throne of grace as children seeking the help of their heavenly Father. That’s the heart of breakthrough, successful prayer—the bold confidence that we are talking to the Father who delights to supply our needs. As George Mueller, a nineteenth-century saint, pointed out, “Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance. It is laying hold of God’s willingness.”
-Pastor Cymbala (excerpted and adapted from Breakthrough Prayer)
Read 1 John 5:11-15.