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WHAT ARE YOU PRAYING FOR?
When God set young Solomon on the throne of David, He asked Solomon what he wanted from Him.
God’s question to Solomon was, in essence, similar to the story of the genie in a bottle, only the question God posed to Solomon was, “Ask what I shall give you.” It wasn’t limited to three items only, but very open-ended. Solomon was free to ask God for whatever he wanted at the moment.
First, before assessing Solomon’s response, it is important to consider who Solomon’s father was and in what manner Solomon was raised as a child. Solomon’s father was King David and the Holy Word of God tells us that David had a heart after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22). We can certainly believe that David prayed unto the Lord, asking Him to give his son wisdom, and David raised Solomon in the admonition of the Lord.
Having the right foundation, being brought up with God’s Holy Word, Solomon considered very wisely his answer to God. He asked the Lord for Wisdom and knowledge to rule the kingdom God set him over:
“And Solomon said unto God, You have shown great mercy unto David my father and have made me to reign in his stead. Now, oh Lord God, let Your promise unto David my father be established, for You have made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude. Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people, for who can judge this Your people that is so great?” 2 Chronicles 1:8-10.
God’s response to Solomon is wonderful; He was so pleased with Solomon’s wise request:
“And God said to Solomon, Because this was in your heart and you have not asked riches, wealth, or honor, nor the life of your enemies, neither yet have asked long life; but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people, over whom I have made you king, wisdom and knowledge is grated to you and I will give you riches, wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had that have been before you, neither shall there any after you have the like” I Chronicles 1:11-12.
Solomon was more concerned with doing God’s perfect will and judging the people of God fairly and justly, than anything else he could think of, so he asked God for wisdom and knowledge.
This event was written in the Holy Word of God for our learning (Romans 15:4). Solomon’s interaction with God at that time is an example of God’s very question to all of humanity.
Joshua’s announcement to God’s people in Shechem, “…choose this day whom you will serve…” (Joshua 24:15) is the question presented to all who live upon the face of the earth.
What are you praying for today? Does your heart long for a high paying job, status in the world, a bigger apartment or house, wealth beyond your imagination, recognition of the people; or the favor of God and the bestowment of His promises?
What is your priority, bigger, better, greater, more of everything for yourself; or to share with the poor, downcast, destitute, widows, orphans, and to have all of your needs met by God, “according to His riches in glory” (Philippians 4:19).
We all have a choice. We can be satisfied with having our needs met by God, according to His riches; or we can strive for our own selfish gain, popularity, comfort and excesses.
The scriptures further expound on the heart of God and what choice we should make:
“No man can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (wealth)” Matthew 6:24.
What are you praying for today?
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ said,
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust corrupts and where thieves break through and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust corrupts and where thieves do not break through nor steal” Matthew 6:19-20.
What will we be able to take from this earth to the grave with us, if God calls us to our eternal destiny today? This is the question all of us need to face, and it’s all the more important now, in that we are living in the last days, friends.
The Apostle James wrote,
“Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted and your garments are motheaten. Your gold and silver is cankered and the rust of them shall be a witness against you and shall eat your flesh, as it were fire. You have heaped treasure together for the last days” James 5:1-3.
James prophesied here of the last days and the selfishness of rich men, who have no consideration for the day and hour in which we live, but rather heap to themselves excess to their own destruction in the end.
We don’t have much time to redeem the time; the hour is upon us. We all need to ask ourselves if we are looking forward to storing up useless treasures on earth; or if we will be thankful to God for supplying all of our needs and share what we have, building up treasures, not in this world, but in the world that will last forever.
Hundreds of Bible prophecies have been fulfilled and those remaining shall surely come to pass. Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth? If not, salvation is only a prayer away. Please visit the How Can I Be Saved page – your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.