This first postscript is about the power of prayer. There are many questions that arise in Christian lives about the effectiveness of prayer. John didn’t say a lot but he was particularly addressing the way to make your prayers effective.
Jesus said, “And whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (John 14:13). Jesus has opened up the riches of heaven so that we can ask anything in His Name and receive it. The only problem is that we have not spent what we could. And so what we could have done remains left undone.
It is like the card we mentioned before but we are notified of it in the Word of God. Instantly you are given an account with an unlimited credit. The key about this card is that it is only good for what you spend. If you don’t spend it, then you don’t receive it. It is only yours when you spend it. You are wondering, then, but how much can you spend? The answer is that you can spend as much as you want.
When we hear this answer it seems to push an ‘Impossible’ button in our minds. Although the Lord says that you can spend whatever amount you want, the evil one comes by and whispers ‘That doesn’t make sense!” Most of the time we just accept the evil ones suggestion. The fact, however, is that every genuine Christian has an open-ended account.
John has a lot more to say than to help God’s people assure that they are His. He wanted them to know of the great riches God has for them. Paul the apostle states that Christians are seated on the right hand of God in Christ. What does it mean practically? It means that we have life eternal. Isn’t this what 1 John 5:13 says? It is not something future but something present. This instantly grants you, whether you have been a Christian 30 years or just 1 week, an instant ledger account in heaven with an open allowance.
Have you ever seen (how could you not) the tiny print that accompanies most products. Software seems to be the worse. I suppose it is because they don’t have to print it all out! Some seem five pages long! Have you really read such silly tiny print? John, however, lays something that is vital to our lives right in front of us with only a few words. This is not a new teaching. Jesus told John himself this very thing many times. But in case you think it was only for Jesus’ apostles-in-training, John again says what Jesus has said before and written in the Gospel of John.
Let’s now look at this passage and see what it says about prayer. We need to be sure this is what God is saying and not just what we want it to say. We also need to pay special attention to any qualifications of this prayer. Without carefully observing them, our prayers are not heard. But before we can do this, we need to first look at the one qualification for prayer. This is what we find in verse 13 and assumed in verses 14-15.