1 John 5:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 John 5:15, NIV: "And if we know that he hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of him."

1 John 5:15, ESV: "And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him."

1 John 5:15, KJV: "And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him."

1 John 5:15, NASB: "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."

1 John 5:15, NLT: "And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for."

1 John 5:15, CSB: "And if we know that he hears whatever we ask, we know that we have what we have asked of him."

What does 1 John 5:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The one who knows God can take confidence that God will hear his prayers. Believers praying according to God's will know their prayers will be answered, just as they can know they have eternal life. This means that prayer is not merely about asking for favors from God. It's also about helping us understand His will, and obeying it.

If a prayer request is not granted in the life of a believer, that request was not part of God's plan or will. This may involve pain, suffering, sadness, or hardship, yet God can and does use pain to accomplish His ultimate purposes. The conclusion is that believers do not need to fear whether their prayers will be heard. Whether or not they are "answered," in the sense of being granted, is something we need to trust God to decide. We can take confidence that God will respond to every prayer of a believer, in a way that's in harmony with His perfect will.