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1 John 5:15

    1 John 5:15 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And if we know that he hear us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    and if we know that he heareth us whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions which we have asked of him.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And if we are certain that he gives ear to all our requests, we are equally certain that we will get our requests.

    Webster's Revision

    and if we know that he heareth us whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions which we have asked of him.

    World English Bible

    And if we know that he listens to us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions which we have asked of him.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    and if we know that he heareth us whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions which we have asked of him.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 John 5:15

    And if we know that he hear us - Seeing we are satisfied that he hears the prayer of faith, requesting the things which himself has promised; we know, consequently, that we have the petitions - the answer to the petitions, that we desired of him; for he cannot deny himself; and we may consider them as sure as if we had them; and we shall have them as soon as we plead for and need them. We are not to ask to-day for mercy that we now need, and not receive it till to-morrow, or some future time. God gives it to him who prays, when it is needful.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 John 5:15

    And if we know that he hear us - That is, if we are assured of this as a true doctrine, then, even though we may not "see" immediately that the prayer is answered, we may have the utmost confidence that it is not disregarded, and that it will be answered in the way best adapted to promote our good. The specific thing that we asked may not indeed be granted, (compare Luke 22:42; 2 Corinthians 12:8-9), but the prayer will not be disregarded, and the thing which is most for our good will be bestowed upon us. The "argument" here is derived from the faithfulness of God; from the assurance which we feel that when he has promised to hear us, there will be, sooner or later, a real answer to the prayer.

    We know that we have the petitions ... - That is, evidently, we now that we "shall" have them, or that the prayer will be answered. It cannot mean that we already have the precise thing for which we prayed, or that will be a real answer to the prayer, for

    (a) the prayer may relate to something future, as protection on a journey, or a harvest, or restoration to health, or the safe return of a son from a voyage at sea, or the salvation of our souls - all of which are "future," and which cannot be expected to be granted at once; and,

    (b) the answer to prayer is sometimes delayed, though ultimately granted. There may be reasons why the answer should be deferred, and the promise is not that it shall be immediate. The "delay" may arise from such causes as these:

    (1) To try our faith, and see whether the blessing is earnestly desired.

    (2) perhaps it could not be at once answered without a miracle.

    (3) it might not be consistent with the divine arrangements respecting others to grant it to us at once.

    (4) our own condition may not be such that it would be best to answer it at once.

    We may need further trial, further chastisement, before the affliction, for example, shall be removed; and the answer to the prayer may be delayed for months or years. Yet, in the meantime, we may have the firmest assurance that the prayer is heard, and that it will be answered in the way and at the period when God shall see it to be best.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 John 5:15

    5:15 We have - Faith anticipates the blessings. The petitions which we asked of him - Even before the event. And when the event comes, we know it comes in answer to our prayer.

    Verses Related to 1 John 5:15

    Hebrews 6:11 - And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:
    Ephesians 3:12 - In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.
    1 Peter 1:3 - Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,