“The Light Has Come"
1 John 5:13-21
The Big Idea
The best way to fight your battles is on your knees in prayer.
As John finishes his letter, he seems to be recapping major points that he made throughout the letter. John talks about assurance of eternal life, prayer, sin, spiritual warfare and finishes off with a warning to keep ourselves from idols. It sounds so scattered. So what point is John trying to make? The first thing he tells believers is the reason for writing the letter which is so that you may know that you have eternal life. By believing (putting your trust in) in Jesus you can be confident that you have been made right with God and you will have eternal life with Him in heaven one day. However, we are still here in the world and we will have many struggles and temptations. We are surrounded by darkness and there is a battle going on in the spiritual world. Satan and his minions are constantly fighting against everything that is for God. John tells us in verse 19 that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. How can we overcome this sin, spiritual warfare and temptations? Jesus said in John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Jesus has overcome the world therefore we are simply to abide in Him. How do we abide? Prayer is a good start. Prayer is a two way communication with God. It is simply talking with Him and fellowshipping with Him which is a big part of any relationship.
For many Christians prayer is their last resort but prayer should be the first thing we go to. In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 we are told Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you! John tells us that if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us, therefore we can come before Him with confidence. All through the bible we see that anytime a big movement happened, it was always preceded with prayer. For example, in the book of Acts, the early church was started by the disciples meeting together and praying. Not only did the early church start with prayer, it was sustained by prayer. We see the disciples praying multiple times all through the book of Acts. They prayed when things were going good and when things were going bad. We also see in the Bible that prayer was a big part of Jesus’ life. He went off many times to pray. He also prayed before He went to cross. Jesus even prayed while He was on the cross. If prayer was important to the disciples and to Jesus, don’t you think it should be important to us as well?
How's your prayer life?
What keeps most people from praying on a regular basis? What are some specific ways we can overcome those challenges?
Take some time and pray for each other, our church, our pastors and our community.
We will be back in the theater on Dec. 18th at 11am.
There will be a Family Worship Night at 6:30pm on Dec. 23rd (Friday Night).
Christmas Service Week will be the 19th-23rd. You can find out more details through the church website.