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Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. – 1 John 5:14-15

So much of John’s theme throughout his letter has been about our love for God and how our love for God results both in a love for people and obedience to God.  As we grow in our love for God, we don’t just love Him for who He is or what He has done; we also grow in love for what He desires.  In other words, the more we love God, the more we find ourselves loving what He loves and wanting what He wants.  It becomes more about Him and less about us.

Loving what God loves affects our prayers.  John said we will pray with confidence because we seek things in alignment with God’s will.  As our hearts position themselves toward God, our prayers become less about insisting our will be done but more about His will being done.  Our prayers will have an added comfort as we rest in the providence of our heavenly Father who knows all things, controls all things, and works all things out for our good according to His own will and purpose.

John reminded us that aligning our wills with God’s will brings our prayers into focus and targets them toward what we know about God’s heart and desires.  We pray such things as “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” and doing so isn’t merely lip service.  Rather, the desires of our hearts flow from our love for the Father.

— Trevor Barton, Living In The Light