Do You Ask for Things According to God’s Will?

1 John 5:14 Meaning

Last updated on November 28th, 2019


What is the meaning of 1 John 5:14-15? The verses state, “14 This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 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.”

Yesterday I was reflecting a lot on what makes God grant the desires of His people. I was thinking of every possible action displayed and instruction obeyed relating to people getting their desires. In all of the reflection and verse browsing I did, I pondered on 1 John 5:14-15. It expresses that if one asks anything according to His will, God hears them. And knowing that He hears them in what one asks, they know they have the requests asked from Him.

Sounds like a pretty done deal to me. So then I reflected what it means to pray anything according to God’s will. People are sometimes unsure what the term “God’s will” or “will of God” means. But I think it’s pretty simple based on the definition of the Greek word used for “His will” in this verse. That word is thelēma, which had the definition what one wishes to be done, or a desire.

1 John 5:14-15 meaning

So to pray anything according to God’s will, is to pray based on what God would wish or desire. So how does one know what God desires? Well, I’d suggest we generally know what God desires according to His Word. So to pray based on God’s desire, and thus pray anything according to God’s will, I would suggest is to pray something based on what His word states.

Asking the Lord for things to be given to us as we have seeked His kingdom of God first (Matthew 6:33). Things in accordance with that passage of course. Asking for peace as we have made our requests to Him with thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6-7). These and other verses are all desires of God. Therefore it seems we can expect to receive these things in accordance with His Word as we live in obedience.


There’s more to God granting desires of people than just this verse though. I encourage you to study all the other verses as it relates to God granting desires, and also observe the actions of what people in scripture did which God responded with granted desires.

I hope you enjoyed this commentary on 1 John 5:14-15

Peace to all those who are in Christ.


13 thoughts on “Do You Ask for Things According to God’s Will?

  1. I just signed up on WordPress and posted for the first time yesterday. Thank you for being my 1st follower. I want to share this post “What is God’s Will? with bro’s & sis’s on social media (in the faith category) I hope it’s OK to do that?

  2. 2 places I can think of where we are told how broken we are, how God loves us even in our brokenness, how Jesus reconciles us, and how we are to seek “what is the perfect will of God,” and “to learn what pleases Him.”

    Wasn’t there an old song… “Getting to know you, Getting to know all about you?”

    1. Hi edgingdeadness. Thanks for your comment. Indeed, the more we know about God, the better we can make our connection with Him, and in return the better our lives can be.

      Peace in Christ.

  3. For a long time I had believed that asking God for things for the sake of things was what He taught in His Word. I treated Him like my bellboy or my Genie in a bottle and didn’t come to Him in order to just spend time with Him. I was using Him just to bless me. I see the error of that now. I know that God wants to bless us, I have no qualms about that, but when that the only reason that we come to Him for and we don’t get what we’ve asked Him for, what happens? Do we get disalusioned with God and doubt what He says in His Word. For myself, I don’t come to Him anymore for what I can get from Him. I come to Him for who He is.
    Think about it.

    1. Hi royalpalmtree. Thanks for your comment. Indeed, it shouldn’t just be about making requests to God. I think of the Psalms where we have David expressing his appreciation to God and expressing his emotions to God beyond just making requests. Other instructions in scripture of expressing thankfulness to God and examples of focus being on praising God.

      Peace in Christ.

    1. Hi Turtle. Thanks for your comment. I read your post it was really interesting. I’m curious, what were you meaning by needing spiritual authority to bring about change in something?

      Peace in Christ.

      1. Hey Fact,

        Sorry I didn’t respond earlier. What I mean spiritual authority is the need for one to have the authority to change that which one desires to change.

        For instance, if you are praying to heal someone who either doesn’t have faith that you can heal them or who hasn’t submitted their body to your authority, then you will not be able to heal them because they remain in control of their bodies.

        In my biblical observations, this is the primary reason Jesus will ask people directly what they desire from him, because it forces people to admit what they want, and thus submit their bodies to his authority so that he can heal them.

        It essentially revolves around love and freedom. God would never change one of his beloved children without their consent, so by spiritual authority, I mean conscious consent, or in the case of places, declared authority. Such as declaring your authority over your living space before you can pray for protection or cleansing.

        This type of crossover occurred biblically when an angel was late answering Elijah’s prayer because the authority of the area did not allow entry at that time.

        Is this making sense?

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