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Bold Prayer

And this is the boldness we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 1 John 5:14 NRSV

Tell me if this sounds like an acceptable prayer, "God, I was passing the Audi dealership yesterday and I really want the new R8 Spyder (preferably in Vegas Yellow). It's only $175,000. Can you please get me one of those?" Am I being bold in my asking? Absolutely! Is it God's will for me to have this expensive car? Doubtful!

That's not what the author means. As children of the Father, who have been promised eternal life, we can ask freely and with confidence such things that are his will. So, what is his will? Reading verses 16-17, we are instructed to pray for others. When we see a brother or sister sin, we should pray for them. Does this mean we should only pray for fellow believers? Of course not, Christ came for all, and so we should pray for the sin of all.

While we are to pray for others, we mustn't forget ourselves. Although we have been forgiven and redeemed, we still feel the draw of sin. But take heart; the one who saved us also protects us. There is no evil that Jesus cannot overcome. In conquering death, he defeated sin, and by our belief in him, we enjoy the assurance of his protection.

Heavenly Father, as your forgiven children, we come humbly and confidently before you. Forgive our sins and those of our families, friends, and the world. May those who have not yet accepted your generous gift of salvation come into a relationship with you. May our sisters and brothers in the faith facing temptation find renewed strength and hope. While we may not know the struggle and situation of each person, you do, and we trust in your answer. We thank you for your Son, Jesus, our Redeemer, and the working gift of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Pastor Tim

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