This Sunday morning we will be considering the topic of prayer from 1 John. The passage frames it in terms of certainty.
Why do you suppose it is put this way?
It is because prayer is the lifeline of the Christian. It is the privilege that we have as children with our Father. The intimacy of this relationship to God is characterized by the intimacy of prayer. John aims to refresh these beleaguered Christians by reminding them of this privileged access. This reminder is to bring confidence in prayer which in turn brings joyful dependence for those born of God.
3 certainties that bring confident praying
(1) God welcomes you. (14a)
(2) God hears you. (14b)
(3) God answers you. (15-17)