1st John Devotional - Week 9, Day 1

Day 1: “According to His Will” – by Jim Schultz (ACC Member)

Read: 1 John 5:14-15

Review: We all want something and often work very hard to acquire it. We sometimes take our requests to God in prayer, and we do not get what we want. The question is, what was your motivation for asking? Was it for selfish reasons, or was it for God’s purposes and glory? In these two verses, John says that your request should be according to His will, and when we ask in that way, He hears us. Now be assured that He always hears our prayers, but He responds to prayers with the proper heart and motivation. The answer will be a response to what God desires, not necessarily what we expect, so we should trust Him with the result. In the book of James we read, “You ask and don’t receive because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures” (James 4:3).

Reflect: Heavenly Father, keep my heart focused on You and Your activity. I want to experience You fully as I walk in the Spirit. Show me what You're doing in my life and in the lives of Your people so I can make the adjustments necessary to join You in your activity.


Jim is a retired helicopter pilot of 30 years who flew for Grand Canyon tours and TV
news shows. He was also a missionary pilot in Madagascar. He has been married to
Pam for 38 years (she is the church’s business and operations director) and they have
three grown kids. He has been part of Anthem church for nearly 11 years and is
currently working on a master’s degree in biblical studies.

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