Today’s Bible reading is 1 Kings 3 and Luke 10.
At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.”
“Give your servant an understanding mind…” (1 Kings 3:5, 9)
1 Kings 3 documents the LORD giving Solomon a supernatural gift of wisdom to such a degree “that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you” (1 Kings 3:12).
While we continue to be impressed at many of Solomon’s accomplishments and seek to apply the written fruits of his God-given wisdom, someone “greater than Solomon” (Matt 12:42) eventually stepped on the scene and he also encouraged disciples of all time to “Ask.”
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” (Matt 7:7-11)
Why not follow Solomon’s lead on this one by sprinkling these petitions into your prayers today?
- “Give your servant an understanding mind” (James 1:5)
- “Give your servant a compassionate heart” (Luke 10:33)
- “Give your servant a focus on the ‘one necessary thing'” (Luke 10:41-42)
- “Give your servant a forgiving spirit” (Matt 6:14-15)
- “Give your servant an evangelistic will” (Luke 10:2)
- “Give your servant a peace that surpasses all understanding” (Phil 4:7)
- “Give your servant a joy in you that is inexpressible and filled with glory” (1 Pet 1:8)
You’re not Solomon, but the One who was greater than Solomon has invited you to pray to the “Father in heaven” who knows how and is willing to give good things to those who ask him.