In a dream one night, God appeared to Solomon and, in genie-in-a-bottle fashion, God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?” (1 Kings 3:5). What Solomon asked and prayed for was profound. Solomon responded by saying, “Therefore give to your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” (1 Kings 3:9). Scripture tells us that this was pleasing to the Lord.
Often times we petition for many things, but how often do we petition for wisdom and understanding? How often do we pray for discernment? If you are struggling with something in your life and you have been petitioning God to bring an answer that you’ve predetermined to be the appropriate answer from God, I want to invite you to open yourself up to praying a bit differently. Pray for Wisdom. Pray for Understanding. And pray for Discernment.
In verse 13, The Lord says to Solomon, “See I have given you a wise and understanding heart.” My prayer is that God would answer your prayer much in the same way.
– Pastor Michael Maroon