Researchers have found that the average person talks at a rate of about 150 words a minute. We can listen, however, to 450 words per minute. Despite this ability, it is difficult to remember everything we hear. When watching the evening news, viewers could recall only about 17 percent of the content, and never exceeded 25 percent. Is it any wonder then that we sometimes wonder if God actually listens to our prayers?
This letter of 1 John was written to believers who were wavering in their beliefs. They were being swayed by the Gnostic beliefs of their time that cast doubts on the Incarnation. The main portion of chapter 5 and our passage today emphasizes what believers must “know.” Knowing truths about God gives us confidence. God’s children can rest assured that He can and will hear our prayers.
If we believe in Jesus, we are declared a child of God. This adoption into God’s family is demonstrated by our actions. If we love God, we will love God’s other children as well. We will also keep His commandments. This belief in God is powerful and overcomes any challenges present in the world.
We also must believe in the person and work of Jesus Christ as God’s only Son. In our society, many reduce Jesus to simply a really nice guy who lived a long time ago. Not true, says John. He reminds believers of the evidence of Christ’s deity. God Himself has declared Jesus Christ as His only and beloved Son.
It is because of these things that we can confidently approach God in prayer. We do not need to fear Him. We can come to Him openly knowing that He will listen to our requests.