1Kings 3:5-14, 10 And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.
This verse and this story really strikes home with me because many times I have asked God for things that I should not have asked. I have gone to Him and asked what was best for me. I have asked selfishly.
In this story Solomon has become king. God comes to him in a dream and tells him that he can ask for anything. Solomon asks for wisdom to do the job or ministry that God has given him. He does not seek to gain anything for himself. He could have asked to be made rich and popular but he doesnâ€™t. The striking thing is what God says here in this verse. He is pleased that Solomon knows how to ask.
That is what I desire to see happen in my life. I want to learn to ask. I want to ask correctly. I pray. I ask but it is so often for something so selfish. I ask for my good.
Even when I ask God for blessings in our church and ministry it often as a selfish motive behind the petition. I want God to bless the church to get the praise of men. I want people to think that I am a successful pastor. I want to be able to do certain ministries, etc.
God forgive me and help me learn to ask correctly. God has a great plan for all of our lives as believers. The problem is to line up with what He wants and not what I want. I need to ask for the right things with the right motives.
I challenge you today to look over your prayer list. How much of the list is selfish? How much do you ask to benefit yourself? Do we ask for ourselves thinking that when God blesses us we will bless Him? Do we ask for the money and riches thinking that we are already smart enough to manage the money and the ministry?
I acknowledge my sin of asking for the wrong thing! Will you?
I have already been given far more than I deserve. I have been blessed beyond measure. I want to love Him and not what He can and will do for me!