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The IVP New Testament Commentary Series – The Children of God Have Confidence in Prayer (5:13-17)
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The Children of God Have Confidence in Prayer (5:13-17)

The passage before us promises believers that if we ask anything according to [God's] will, he hears us. It also seems, however, to promise that whatever we ask we are granted. The boldness spoken of here is not brashness to challenge the will of God, but the confidence that God's will is done, and that in part it is effected through the prayers of faithful Christians. We turn, then, to this passage both to discern what that will of God is of which John speaks, as well as to inquire what it is that we can pray for with such hope and confidence.

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