The prayer we should be praying the most is the same request Solomon asked of God. When given the opportunity to acquire anything he desired, Solomon desired wisdom. Yet, wisdom is one of the last things we pray. It is not even on the prayer list.
Wisdom is the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment. Solomon could have had anything in the world he wanted yet he asked for wisdom. Here are the scriptures outlining his request and I have taken to underline some important factors:
That night the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!”
Solomon replied, “You showed great and faithful love to your servant my father, David, because he was honest and true and faithful to you. And you have continued to show this great and faithful love to him today by giving him a son to sit on his throne.
“Now, O Lord my God, you have made me king instead of my father, David, but I am like a little child who doesn’t know his way around. And here I am in the midst of your own chosen people, a nation so great and numerous they cannot be counted! Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?”
The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom. So God replied, “Because you have asked for wisdom in governing my people with justice and have not asked for a long life or wealth or the death of your enemies— I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have! And I will also give you what you did not ask for—riches and fame! No other king in all the world will be compared to you for the rest of your life! And if you follow me and obey my decrees and my commands as your father, David, did, I will give you a long life.” 1 King 3:4-14
Like Solomon, we walk around among our responsibilities and task ‘like a child who doesn’t’ know their way around.’ Yet, God with His Sovereign wisdom desires to greatly bless us with great wisdom yet we repeatedly request of things in which wisdom will allow us to achieve.
Like fools, we repeatedly keep doing the same things over and over again and achieving the same results. We fall into the ditch over and over again. Yet, God is wanting to impart wisdom into us so we can obtain great results.
I want to encourage you today to pray for wisdom. It is not a dangerous prayer. It is a liberating prayer. In order to mature, we must pray mature prayers and grow up.
Ask God for wisdom today and watch God begin to impart insight, knowledge, and good judgement on whatever you are facing today.
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