Solomon Asked For Wisdom

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Old Testament Events - 1 Kings 3:10-12 - Solomon Asked For Wisdom - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Old Testament Events – 1 Kings 3:10-12 – Solomon Asked For Wisdom – Growing As Disciples

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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Wise And Discerning Heart

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 75 - 1 Kings 3:10-12 - Wise And Discerning Heart - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 75 – 1 Kings 3:10-12 – Wise And Discerning Heart – Growing As Disciples

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)

Act Justly

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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Asked For This

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 242 - 1 Kings 3:10-12 - Asked For This - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 242 – 1 Kings 3:10-12 – Asked For This – Growing As Disciples

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)

Request

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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