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That does not mean a life of prayer is not perplexing. My aim is to encourage you in your prayers by answering three especially difficult questions: (1) What does it mean to ask God for things “according to his will” (1 John 5:14)? (2) Why are we not told to pray for the forgiveness of “sin that leads to death” (1 John 5:16)? (3) What does “whatever” mean in 1 John 3:22, when it says, “Whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him”? I think a text-based answer to each of these questions is a great encouragement to pray.

John Piper’s article on prayer can bring encouragement to begin and persist in making 2020 a year of powerful prayer. It is reliance on God and an act of faith to turn to a father that we cannot see, but trust in. A father who hears us and blesses us with every spiritual blessing!

You can read the full article here.