14 Aug “Ask!”
1 Kings 3:5b — “… the Lord appeared to Solomon … and God said, ‘Ask! What shall I give you?’”
So many are overwhelmed by what they’re going through right now. I was compiling a list today as people called me asking for prayer for this or that. The list was quite extensive — People wanting prayer for family members, stress on the job, sick ones, depression, lost loved ones, the stress of moves, peace, wisdom, calmness in the middle of the storms, guidance as to what to do next, and more! That is just in one day!
The portion of the verse from the Bible that I started this little article with is a question that God asked of Solomon, who was a new King. So far Solomon had impressed God. Solomon had made sacrifices to God, and he had really made God happy with Solomon, the man, and his status as a king.
God told Solomon, “Ask! What shall I give you?” I found myself wondering, “If I was in Solomon’s golden slippers, what would I ask for? Money, fame, power, health, long life?” What did Solomon ask for? Wisdom! His exact words were these: 1 Kings 3:9 CEV — “Please make me wise and teach me the difference between right and wrong. Then I will know how to rule your people. If you don’t, there is no way I could rule this great nation of yours.” The Bible says in verses 11 & 12, “Because you have asked this thing and not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice, behold I have done according to your words; see I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you.” Read on. It is a fascinating dialogue!
God is not a genie in a bottle, but He does give a “Yes” to those who please Him. I encourage you, bring your most basic needs to God in prayer, which = a simple dialogue of talking to God like He is standing right beside you.
Right now, I’d like you to just pause and ask for what you need. “God, I need help. I’m confused, hurt, hungry, lonely, sick, depressed, stressed, going through a personal crisis, my family is in a mess, I don’t know what to do next.”
I want to pray with you right now. “Lord Jesus, so many have called me, met me in person today, sent an email, or somehow contacted me. Will you please help those who are reading this article? Amaze each person with an answer to their prayer. Please love them, ease their load of stress, worry, and fatigue. Amen!”
Now, believe that God is going to bless you with a wonderful answer. Contact me if you need further help — 719-424-0627.