The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. 1 Kings 3:10-12 (NIV)
What Do You Want?
What do you want? You’re asking me that question? Didn’t it sound like I asked you that question? Yes, it did. You seem surprised. I am surprised. Why is that? Don’t you know that I want you to ask me for what you want and need? I guess I do know that. Are you sure? Why are you asking me if I’m sure? You don’t ask for much from me. It seems like you have to be desperate before you will turn to ask me for what you want and need. If you really believed that I would hear and answer your prayers wouldn’t you ask me for more of what you want and need? I guess so. Is that really a guess? No, I can see that I have been making a big mistake. What’s that? I have not been asking you for all that I want and need.
When would you like to start asking me for what you want and need? How about right now? Right now is a very good time to begin asking me for what you want and need. Go ahead, I’m listening. What should I ask for? What is an appropriate request? I’m not sure. Ask me for what you want and need. Don’t hesitate. Just ask me. You’re thinking too hard about this. Tell me what you want and need.
Here goes. This is what I want and need. I want to know you. I want to live in a close and intimate relationship with you. I want to hear your voice speaking to me. I want to be able to know your will and walk in your ways. I want to live my life fully and passionately for you. I want to love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I want you to use me to bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom. I want to fully discover, develop and use all the gifts that you have given to me. I don’t want anything left undone of what you have given me to do for you. I want to bring glory to your name. I want everyone to know that it is you who has been working in and through my life. I want to shine brightly as your witness in the world. One day I want to be able to hear you say, “Well, done good and faithful servant.” Only you can make me faithful. Only you can make me fruitful. Apart from you I can do nothing. I need and want all your help. I will certainly hear and answer these prayers of yours.
Lord, without your wisdom I cannot know and do your will. Without your wisdom I will not be able to do all you have asked me to do for you. Give me your wisdom so I can know and love and follow and serve you now and forever. Amen
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