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 from me? What do you want to ask of me? I want your wisdom. I want your discernment. I want to be able to know and do your will. I want to go wherever you guide me. I want to do whatever you ask of me. I don’t want to be distracted. I don’t want to be diverted. I want to be powerfully used by you. I need your help. Those are all very good desires. How do you suppose that I will use you? Well, I know how you have made me. I would guess that you will use me how you have made me. That is an interesting thought. How have I made you? You have made me with the desire to think and speak and act justly. You have placed a burning passion in me to bring justice into unjust situations. I will tell you one thing. What’s that? Nothing gets me hotter and makes me angrier than seeing injustice in the world around me. That is in my make-up. That is how you created me. Righting wrongs is what motivates me. Do you think I created you to be angry? No, not at all. The anger within me causes me to act. The anger within me does not cause me to be angry. Does that make sense? Yes, it makes sense. So, the anger in you, at injustice in the world, will not be noticed as unrighteous anger. The anger in you, at injustice in the world, will be noticed as righteous action. You will do something about injustices you see in the world. That is correct. But there is a problem. What’s the problem? I need your wisdom so I will know how to act justly. I need the righteous anger that is in me to be under your control. I need the righteous anger, that is in me, to be under your direction. I need the righteous anger, that is in me, to bring about your justice in an unjust world. I need the righteous anger, that is in me, to be an expression of your love that brings your hope and healing and reconciliation into the world. That is my prayer. That is my hope. That is my desire. This is how you have made me. This is what I am asking of you. I will hear and answer your prayer. I will help you to act justly in an unjust world. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I need your wisdom and discernment. I need your help. How can you use me to bring about justice in an unjust world? Help me to think and speak and act wisely. Give me a wise and discerning heart. Use me for your purposes to accomplish your plans. Amen
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