1 John 5:14-15
14 Beloved: We have this confidence in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask, we know that what we have asked him for is ours.
There’s a slight but important difference between the verses above and the famous verse Matthew 7:7:
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
The gospel verse is more famous because it has been repeatedly told in the homilies of priest, stickers or posters and even in most inspirational/motivational speeches of speakers. As famous as it is, there’s actually a condition to the things that we ask or pray for and this is the one mentioned in the verse of 1 John, “if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
People may fret and say “it’s not asking for anything if it needs to be approved.” At first glance, it may seem that way but in reality it is not. God wants us to ask for anything that will be good for us, to ask for anything that won’t negatively affect others. Why? Because that’s how much God loves us all, this is His will. If He doesn’t love us, He wouldn’t have made any conditions and allow us to suffer the consequences of what we ask for.
Now that we know this condition, we are now being called to claim what we have prayed for as stated in verse 15. This is something that we must consistently do. Oftentimes we let despair rule over us and we pray like it’s even impossible for God to do. The moment we ask something from Him is the moment that we start believing in our hearts that it will be granted to us no matter how impossible it may seem. It’s a defining moment of our faith and affirmation to God’s greatness.