1 John 5:13-15
13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
As John closes out his letter, he wants to leave these young believers with confidence about what they believe in. Since the false teachers were asserting all types about the person of Jesus and what it meant to follow him, he wants them to know they have eternal life. The word "know" is repeated 38 times in John's gospel. John is more interested in a believer's personal relationship with Jesus, than any other writer save perhaps the apostle Paul. John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, experienced close fellowship with Jesus and this is what assured him of His salvation.
You see Jesus came to earth that we could know him and know the Father. And how does this happen? Through the power of the Holy Spirit, who leads and keeps us in the true faith. And as Paul says in Ephesians, "The Holy Spirit is a down payment guaranteeing our future inheritance." So God doesn't want us to wonder about our eternal security. The biggest doubt that some have is whether or not they have done enough to deserve salvation. And the answer is no they haven't, and either have we.
Notice is says those who believe in the name of the Son of God. When we believe, we believe in what Jesus has done for us. Our belief is not in what we have done for God. So a question today for us is, how is your personal relationship with God been lately? Is it growing stronger, or growing colder. Like any relationship, it is about how much time we spend together. Today John says if we ask anything in prayer God hears us. That means anytime we talk to God he is listening. But if we don't talk to him, He can't listen.
I have found that my personal prayer life is the most significant indicator for my relationship with God. As the scriptures say, "we have not because we ask not!" Why don't you go to God in prayer? It doesn't have to be long or eloquent. It is just like talking to your dad. He cares about you more than anything! Oh the peace we often forfeit, because we don't take it to The Lord in prayer. Go to The Lord in prayer!