1 Kings 3:9 “Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?”
If the richest man on earth were to come and grant you one wish, what would you ask for?
If you could have anything; anything at all, what would it be?
Now, what if it were the God of Heaven? How would you respond? If there was no limit to what you could ask for, what would be the one thing that would stand out?
Solomon was visited by God in a dream and was asked that very question.
1 Kings 3:5 “In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.”
Power, riches, victory over your enemies, and to always succeed in all that you would do. Those might be things for which one would ask. But not Solomon.
He asked for wisdom and understanding. God was so pleased with his request that He gave him also what he didn’t ask for.
1 Kings 3:11-13 “And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was 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 honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.”
When our hearts are wholly submitted to God, we will seek to do all that would please our Heavenly Father. Solomon had such a spirit. But that heart was cultured by a father who taught him what was to be genuinely valued.
Being brought up royal, you might become privileged, arrogant, or spoiled. But David, a man after God’s own heart, never forgot where it is he came from. He credits God with his power, position, and influence.
It was God that chose David over all his brothers. God had told David that Solomon was to reign in his stead. So, when the time came to appoint a new king, David knew his son was ready.
The Book of Proverbs contains that wisdom imparted to Solomon from David. But, none more to be desired was this thing of wisdom.
Proverbs 4:7 “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
It is not some lofty pipe dream that cannot be attained. All we need do is ask.
James 1:5 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
We are told of the value of wisdom.
Proverbs 8:11 “For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.”
No child of God should be lacking in this area of wisdom. It is there for the asking… if we would just believe.
Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
Luke 11:9-10 “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
Know that the needs you have in this life have already been promised to be supplied.
Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
So, when we pray and intercede on behalf of others, we should pray believing. Ask what it is we should request be pleasing to Him; and if we ask amiss, God can change our hearts and give us excellent and right desires.
Psalm 37:3-5 “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”
There are many things my heart can desire that may seem right at the time, but I must allow God to choose. But this whole process can never begin unless we ask.
Take some time to ask God what it is we should be asking. Listen to hear what would be pleasing to the Father. Then, we have the excellent opportunity of testifying of His goodness to us by way of answered prayer.
Purpose in your heart to ask. Nothing will happen until you do!