As I continued through my preaching journey in the book of First Kings, I arrived at one of the most famous parts of Solomon's life. God appears to Solomon and offers him one wish to be granted. Most people say that Solomon was probably not much older than 20 years old at this time. What a person wishes for in moments like this probably tells a lot about his or her character.
What would you have wished for? Would you have wished for long life, a good family, more money, a better job, a nice husband, or more wishes? Not that any of those are wrong (well, maybe the more wishes might be). Or maybe I should say, what do you wish for? You see, in many ways, this same thing is available to us today. Jesus at one point came to His followers and told them, "Ask and it will be given to you" (Matthew 7:7-11). We are to live our lives in dependence upon Him, but that doesn't mean that God wants us to sit back, idly waiting for what He has for us. He does desire for us and takes joy in us when we ask and petition Him for things in our life. It is God's generosity that should move us to pray to Him.
Solomon's prayer of petition begins with a praise of God's faithfulness (vs. 6). It is probably a good exercise for all Christians to engage in before requesting from God. When we rehearse God's faithfulness in our life, we are reminded that we are not just praying to an all-powerful God, but to an all-faithful God as well.
His request is finally found in verse 9, that he would have an understanding mind (or heart) so that he would be able to have discernment so that he could judge between right and wrong. I think the implications of this prayer to us are found in his humility. He was overwhelmed at what God had called him to do. He was a young man who was in charge of a great nation. Probably nobody that reads this will be a king or queen of a great nation. But I am sure that everyone that reads this will eventually at some point become overwhelmed in life. Solomon was saying that unless God intervenes, he was not going to be successful. That is probably where you need to be in life. That is where I need to be in life. So completely dependent upon God that unless He intervenes, I will not be able to do it.
Do you think you need God's help?
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