3 Minute Devotional: 1 John 3:20-22

1john"Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything. 21 Dear friends, if we don’t feel guilty, we can come to God with bold confidence. 22 And we will receive from him whatever we ask because we obey him and do the things that please him." 1 John 3:20-22.

(3:20). The heart was an expression used for the mind. The word used for “condemn” means to incriminate or pass sentence upon. Every person whether lost or saved has a conscience that either condemns or excuses them.

(3:21). John goes on to say in this verse that if our heart does not condemn us then we are in the spiritual clear. The word used for “confidence” means freedom or frankness in speaking, freely saying all one thinks, or all that he pleases. This denotes a personal relationship and confidence toward God. However, it is not an arrogant presumption or cockiness, but a test for genuineness. If the readers pass this test they can breathe a sigh of relief. Since verse 14 John has laid down tests. If they have made it through the tests so far, they are assured.

(3:22). Prayer is the subject of this verse. Many modern church members and ministers would say that this verse teaches that we can ask and receive anything from God. We must look at the whole context of the verse in order to understand the whole meaning. The word picture for “ask” is like a beggar from the giver, a child by the parent or most importantly, man from God. The reason why “whatever” we ask of God is answered is found in the latter part of the verse. “Because we keep his commandments and do those things that are pleasing in the father’s sight.” Those who truly know the Lord will not engage in a constant self-centered prayer life. A follower of Jesus will ask according to God’s will, those things which are “pleasing”. Therefore, God will answer a true believer’s prayer because the request is in alignment with God’s will.

Do you feel that you can come to God with confidence? Begin to pray for God with confidence and obedience!