I love using Ancient Methods of Searching Scripture because it allows me to see if I am interpreting scripture correctly. My favorite scripture and the one I stand on firmly, is 1 John 5:14-15.
This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.
If we pray for someone to be saved, I believe they will be saved. When we pray according to His will, He hears us, and if He hears us, we have the request we desire of Him. Isn’t it God’s will that all be saved and that none perish? If I pray for someone to be saved, won’t they be saved? I decided to use my methods of study to find out if this is true.
First, we must look at the context of 1 John Ch 5 to get a better understanding of my scripture. It defines those who believe Jesus is the Christ, are born of God. Also, those who believe Jesus is the Son of God possess the testimony that God gives eternal life, and that life is in His Son. Whoever has the Son has eternal life. The commentary of Chapter 5 advocates believing Jesus is the “Son of God” imparts eternal life to the believer. I find it interesting my scripture is found right in the middle of this commentary.
I continued my study by looking at some of the Greek words in this scripture. I started with the Greek word confidence (parresia). I saw the confidence of Jesus, next was that of Peter and lastly that of Paul. Jesus’ confidence is seen as He spoke openly to the disciples, not in figurative speech, showing His works openly to the world. Peter spoke confidently to the brethren and this confident speech amazed the leaders. When filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter spoke God’s word boldly. Paul had confident and bold access to God through faith in Jesus, even having GREAT confidence through faith in Him.
The word ask (aieto) showed me some amazing things. Asking for something by means of an oath or by tradition can have devastating results as seen with the decapitated head of John and the death of Jesus in exchange for Barabbas. These accounts disturbed both leaders granting the request. At the last supper before Jesus’ death He gave instruction to the disciples. He stated, “Until now you have asked nothing “in my name,” ask and you will receive.” Five times He told them whatever you ask “in my name” I will do it. Whatever you ask the Father “in my name,” He will give it to you. In John 14:13-14 we see a chiastic structure consisting of parallel lines and, according to Ancient Methods of study, the center of the parallel lines becomes the important thing to ponder.
Whatever “you ask in My name, that will I do”
so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If “you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it”.
The important point here, is “that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
What is the will of God? When looking at the word (thelema) we see by the will of God Paul was called to be an apostle, that we are called to be servants of Christ, we are to give thanks to the Lord in all things and we are to intercede for the saints. Those who do His will become the immediate family of Jesus (Mat 12:50).
God will not hear if I have iniquity in my heart because iniquity separates us from Him (Ps 66:18, Isa 59:2) but if anyone be a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him (Jhn 9:31).
From this study I observed that as disciples of Christ, we must pray in the name of Jesus. He will do according to what we ask, for the express intent of glorifying the Father in the Son. We are called by the will of God to be servants of Christ and intercede for the Saints where the motives of our hearts are for good, not on pleasures to spend on ourselves (Jam 4:3).
Going back to my first thought in this study, where I believe those I pray for get saved, I kept returning to the relationship of the father to the son. If the son asks for a loaf or a fish, will the father give him a stone or a snake? If he asks for an egg will the father give a scorpion? If evil people give good gifts to their children, how much more will the Father give what is good to those that ask? In this story the son is asking the father for sustenance needed for life. What about eternal life? How much more is that to God than physical life? So much more. So much, that His Son gave His life in exchange for ours. It is God’s intent that none perish (to incur the loss of true or eternal life; to be delivered up to eternal misery; Thayer’s Greek Lexicon) but that all come to repentance (2 Pet 3:9). We pray according to the will of God when we pray for someone to be saved. The Spirit of God is much more compelling than we could ever be. It is His job to convince and convict someone of their need of a savior. Knowing this takes the pressure off and puts the burden back on the shoulders of the Holy Spirit. I think no one should ever be destined for Hell. If they go there, could it be possible they received no prayer on their behalf? When we lift others up to God for salvation, we can have GREAT confidence and bold access to Him through faith in Jesus, knowing He hears. The Son always glorifies the Father anytime someone comes to repentance.