1 Kings 3:5-12 (ESV)
5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.” 6 And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you. And you have kept for him this great and steadfast love and have given him a son to sit on his throne this day. 7 And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in. 8 And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude.9 Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”
10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11 And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12 behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.
The thing I love the most about Solomon in today’s reading is
his humility. God comes to him and invites Solomon to ask God
for anything he wants, anything at all. Solomon could have
asked for great wealth, but he doesn’t. Solomon could have
asked for great power, but he doesn’t. Solomon could have
asked for great fame, but he doesn’t. Instead, Solomon humbly
asks, “Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to
govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for
who can govern this your great people?” Solomon asks for
wisdom in governance and so it is granted him by God.
If you were to ask God for any one thing, any one thing at all,
knowing that God was going to immediately grant you your one
request, what would be it? If you’re like me, most likely what
first comes to mind are things that would make my own life
better, or easier, or more luxurious. How many of us, though,
would ask for wisdom to know and do God’s will? How many of
us would ask for patience with others? How many of us would
ask for the ability to forgive those who have wronged us?
Here in 1 Kings, Solomon teaches us an important lesson about
our prayer life. To prayer as Jesus intends us to pray is not to
pray for our will or our desires to be done, but rather for God’s
will and God’s desires to be done in and through us. “Ask and it
will be given you,” invites Jesus. What are you praying for?
Whatever it is, may it be pleasing to God.
Lord, we pray this day for all those who govern. Give them
humble hearts, eagerly seeking your will that they might know
and do that which is right. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Written by Pastor Greg Busboom