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)
I know that you delight to hear my prayers. I know that I can bring any and all my prayer requests to you. I know that there is no prayer that is too small or too large to for you to hear and answer. I know that you want me to live my life in a constant and ongoing dialogue of prayer with you. I know that, you want to me to know you intimately and follow you passionately. Yes, I want all of these things for you. That’s good and for that I am very thankful.
I am thinking a related but different thought. I’m listening. You asked Solomon what he wanted from you. Yes, I did. If you were to ask me what I wanted from you, I have an answer. If you were to give me the answer to one very large request, I know what I would ask of you. I like where you are headed in or conversation. So, you want me to make my request? Yes, absolutely. Make your request. I am listening to your every word. Well, my words will not be eloquent. My request won’t be complicated. But here goes. I want to know you. That’s it? Yes, that’s it. Now, I should clarify my request. Yes, say more. I don’t want to know you a little bit. I want to know you intimately and follow you passionately. You already know that I want that for you. Yes, I do. I am affirming that I want what you want. That is very good. We are in agreement. Without a doubt. Do you believe that I will hear and answer this prayer of yours? Yes, I do, with all my heart. You are correct. This is a prayer that I will hear and answer. Thank you, Heavenly Father.
There is much more that you know that you are not saying. That is true. Tell me what is on your heart and in your mind. If I come to know you, I will also come to love you. If I come to love you, then I will also follow and serve you. If I follow and serve you, I will also bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. All of this adds up to me living a life that is wise and good and right and true and pleasing to you. I will be able to know and do your will. Yes, it does. Yes, you will. So, I have no greater request or no more passionate desire than to come to know you. That is my prayer. That is my request. You have made a very good and wise prayer request to me.
Heavenly Father, I know for certain that wisdom does not come naturally to me. Left to my own thoughts, I will make dumb decisions and foolish mistakes. It will be my continual, ongoing prayer to ask you for wisdom so I will be able to know and do your will. Amen
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