“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”
He hears us
God answers prayer. God hears our prayers because He is omniscient, but He also hears our prayers because He wants to respond to His children. Hearing our prayers here is synonymous with answering prayers.
God conditions answered prayer on our ask.
All God has to do is hear our prayer, and He will answer it. If He does not hear it, He will not answer it! You may say, “He hears all prayers.” Oh no, there are many prayers God never hears.
Ps 66:8, “If I regard iniquity in my heart,
The Lord will not hear.”
1 Pe 3:7, “Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.”
There are basic spiritual laws about prayer, just like there are basic laws of physics. If God does not hear me, He will not answer me. If we are out of the will of God, we cannot get God’s attention. If we are in God’s will, we get His attention.
Ps 65:2, “ O You who hear prayer,
To You all flesh will come.”