Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Wednesday In The Word: UNDERSTANDING

Do we really think about what we ask of God?

The course of life has many peaks and valleys. It seems,often, easier to spend time with God and really hear from Him in a valley or when we are in urgent need of something. God probably hears the words HELP, I WANT, I NEED more than any other. He hears those words and prayers and answers many of them. His power and compassion is beyond human understanding.

I found a scripture that seems to take what we pray to a deeper level. It is a prayer prayed by Solomon as a young man as he was getting ready to take over the throne. It was a moment when Solomon had the permission and freedom to ask of God anything he wanted to ask.

Here is what he asked:

"So give Thy servant an understanding heart to judge Thy people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Thine?"
And it was pleasing in the sight of the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing.
And God said to him, "Because you have asked this thing and have not asked for yourself long life, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have you asked for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself discernment to understand justice, behold, I have done according to your words. Behold, I have given you a wise and discerning heart, so that there has been no one like you before you, nor shall one like you arise after you.
I Kings 3: 9-12

From the rooftop:

Solomon needed God's understanding more than anything else

We need God's understanding more than anything else

Asking God for understanding brought more blessing

God wants us to know Him above everything else

This scripture goes on to say that God not only gave Solomon understanding but gave him what he didn't ask for and that was land and riches.What motivates our prayers? If Solomon had ask for any material thing he would have received it but if he had done that he would not have received wisdom and understanding.

As young moms, single women or widows we need God to make our days clear. May we all begin to pray for understanding before anything else. Let us know what happens.

I love you,


Jesikarena said...

Great post! I am always amazed that young Solomon was humble enough to ask for such a thing. I can only imagine what I would have asked for : (

Lucrecer said...

wonderful message and reminder. I have been conflicted and this was good for me to hear and pray for that understanding. it is comforting.

Karen said...

Thank you for this important reminder!