Forty Days of Prayer March 10, 2013

There is one passage in scripture where God asks someone, what do you want?  Ask for whatever you want.  What would you ask God for if you were given a wish?  That is what God told the young King Solomon in 1 Kings.  Here is his reply.

Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day.  “Now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number.  So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” (1 Kings 3:6-9)

Solomon asked for a discerning heart to distinguish between right and wrong.  This gift of God is what made Solomon known as the wisest man in the world.  He was given the gift of listening and discerning so that he would be a great and wise in administering justice and judgment.  God was also so pleased with his request that He gave him wealth and honor so that there would be no king who would ever be called his equal.  That is how Solomon became the wisest, the wealthiest, and the most famous King of all time. 

I think of this when I pray and wonder how often are my prayers focused on the well being of others?  If I could have whatever I want, am I concerned with the well being of others?   You find in this passage that God does give to Solomon blessings that people normally want.  Jesus said this in another way when he said, “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)   God never is looking to shortchange you in any way.  He knows what you need and is looking after you all of the time.

In Christ’s Service, Pastor Dave

Dear Lord, give me a discerning heart. Help me to know right and wrong so that my life brings glory to Your holy name. May I seek first your Kingdom and righteousness in my life.  Amen.

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