Entry # 51 Solomon’s Prayer for Wisdom 1 Kings 3:5-14
In the bible, King Solomon made this request in a dream. Solomon prayed,” Thou hast showed unto thy servant David my father great loving-kindness, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great loving-kindness, that thou has given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. And now, O Jehovah my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child; I know not how to go out or come in. And thy servant is in the midst of thy people whom thou hast chosen, a great people that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. Give thy servant therefore and understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and evil; for who is able to judge this thy great people?” God was pleased with his prayer and responded, “Because thou hast not asked for thyself long life, neither hast asked the life of thine enemies, but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern justice; behold, I have done according to thy word: lo, I have given thee a wise and understanding heart; so that there hath been none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches and honor, so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee, all thy days. And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days”. When Solomon woke up he offered a burnt offering and a peace offering in Jerusalem, and later made a feast for all of his servants. When we ask for God’s grace in prayer, and ask for God’s generational blessings as Solomon did, God will hear us. When we choose to ask for God’s wisdom to serve His people, in place of our own selfish desires, God is pleased and He will grant us our request. In addition to God giving us what we ask for because we are in His will. God will do exceeding, abundantly above all that we could ever ask or think according to the power that works in us. Though King Solomon made many mistakes in his life, he was great in wisdom and wealth because he lived under God’s favor and grace. And when we pray to live under God’s mercy, our lives will be covered with the everlasting grace and love of our Heavenly Father.