1 John 5:14
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New International Version
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

King James Bible
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

Darby Bible Translation
And this is the boldness which we have towards him, that if we ask him anything according to his will he hears us.

World English Bible
This is the boldness which we have toward him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he listens to us.

Young's Literal Translation
And this is the boldness that we have toward Him, that if anything we may ask according to his will, He doth hear us,

1 John 5:14 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

This is the confidence - Παρῥησια, The liberty of access and speech, that if we ask any thing according to his will, that is, which he has promised in his word. His word is a revelation of his will, in the things which concern the salvation of man. All that God has promised we are justified in expecting; and what he has promised, and we expect, we should pray for. Prayer is the language of the children of God. He who is begotten of God speaks this language. He calls God Abba, Father, in the true spirit of supplication. Prayer is the language of dependence on God; where the soul is dumb, there is neither life, love, nor faith. Faith and prayer are not boldly to advance claims upon God; we must take heed that what we ask and believe for is agreeable to the revealed will of God. What we find promised, that we may plead.

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1 John 3:21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

Ephesians 3:12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

Hebrews 3:6,14 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we...

Hebrews 10:35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which has great recompense of reward.

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

Jeremiah 29:12,13 Then shall you call on me, and you shall go and pray to me, and I will listen to you...

Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you know not.

Matthew 7:7-11 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you...

Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.

John 14:13 And whatever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

John 15:7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done to you.

John 16:24 Till now have you asked nothing in my name: ask, and you shall receive, that your joy may be full.

James 1:5,6 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraides not; and it shall be given him...

James 4:3 You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it on your lusts.

James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed...

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Job 34:28 So that they cause the cry of the poor to come to him, and he hears the cry of the afflicted.

Psalm 31:22 For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before your eyes: nevertheless you heard the voice of my supplications when I cried to you.

Psalm 34:17 The righteous cry, and the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.

Psalm 69:33 For the LORD hears the poor, and despises not his prisoners.

Proverbs 15:29 The LORD is far from the wicked: but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

John 9:31 Now we know that God hears not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and does his will, him he hears.

John 11:42 And I knew that you hear me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that you have sent me.

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The World Our Enemy.
"We know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness."--1 John v. 19. Few words are of more frequent occurrence in the language of religion than "the world;" Holy Scripture makes continual mention of it, in the way of censure and caution; in the Service for Baptism it is described as one of three great enemies of our souls, and in the ordinary writings and conversation of Christians, I need hardly say, mention is made of it continually. Yet most of us, it would appear, have very
John Henry Newman—Parochial and Plain Sermons, Vol. VII

Spiritual Idolatry
"Little children, keep yourselves from idols." 1 John 5:21. 1. There are two words that occur several times in this Epistle, -- paidia and teknia, both of which our translators render by the same expression, little children. But their meaning is very different. The former is very properly rendered little children; for it means, babes in Christ, those that have lately tasted of his love, and are, as yet, weak and unestablished therein. The latter might with more propriety be rendered, beloved children;
John Wesley—Sermons on Several Occasions

The Blessing of Full Assurance
We do not wonder that certain men do not receive the epistles, for they were not written to them. Why should they cavil at words which are addressed to men of another sort from themselves? Yet we do not marvel, for we knew it would be so. Here is a will, and you begin to read it; but you do not find it interesting: it is full of words and terms which you do not take the trouble to understand, because they have no relation to yourself; but should you, in reading that will, come upon a clause in which
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 34: 1888

1 John 5:4-5. victory
[8] "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God I" 1 John 5:4-5. IT ought to be our practice, if we have any religion, to examine the state of our souls from time to time, and to find out whether we are "right in the sight of God" (Acts 8:21). Are we true Christians? Are we likely to go to heaven when we die? Are we born again,--born of
John Charles Ryle—The Upper Room: Being a Few Truths for the Times

Cross References
1 Kings 3:12
I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.

Psalm 145:19
He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.

Proverbs 10:24
What the wicked dread will overtake them; what the righteous desire will be granted.

Matthew 7:7
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

John 14:13
And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

James 4:3
When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

1 John 2:28
And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.

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