1 John 3:22 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 John 3:22, NIV: "and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him."

1 John 3:22, ESV: "and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him."

1 John 3:22, KJV: "And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight."

1 John 3:22, NASB: "and whatever we ask, we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight."

1 John 3:22, NLT: "And we will receive from him whatever we ask because we obey him and do the things that please him."

1 John 3:22, CSB: "and receive whatever we ask from him because we keep his commands and do what is pleasing in his sight."

What does 1 John 3:22 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Godly confidence leads to a bold prayer life. This does not mean we can demand anything, as though God were a cosmic vending machine. However, we will receive everything we ask for in agreement with God's will. There is a two-way relationship at work here. The more a person understands the will of God, the more likely it is that their prayers will be attuned to His plans.

Further, effective prayer is based on two aspects of Christian living. First, a strong prayer life is based on obedience: "because we keep his commandments."

Second, a strong prayer life is based on pleasing God: "do what pleases him." The believer who lives obediently can expect an exciting prayer life. For example, Moses was a man who walked closely with God. The Lord worked through his life to answer many prayers that included miracles and clear signs of God at work. Yet many forget that his close walk with God was based on a life of obedience that pleased the Lord. Those who wish to see bold prayers answered must also live in obedience—"abiding" in Him.