twenty-one/prayers • DAY 2

Solomon Asks for Wisdom

1 Solomon made an alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt and married his daughter. He brought her to the City of David until he finished building his palace and the temple of the LORD, and the wall around Jerusalem.2 The people, however, were still sacrificing at the high places, because a temple had not yet been built for the Name of the LORD. 3 Solomon showed his love for the LORD by walking according to the instructions given him by his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places.

4 The king went to Gibeon to offer sacrifices, for that was the most important high place, and Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. 5 At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”

6 Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day.

7 “Now, LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. 8 Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. 9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”

10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. 11 So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, 12 I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. 13 Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. 14 And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.” 15 Then Solomon awoke—and he realized it had been a dream.  1 Kings 3:1-15 (NIV)

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  • Asplawn

    “if you need wisdom, ask our generous God, & He will give it to you…” James 1:5 (NLT).

  • Lance Gloyer

    What an awesome unselfish prayer by Solomon! I like to pray for wisdom regularly just like he did.

  • Linda

    Thank you Pastor Kerry for leading me and others in this important study of prayers in the bible.

  • TPonder7

    I have benn praying for vision, and wisdom is really what i need to be praying for thank you, God is talking to me through you, because i have trouble hearing him when he talks to me.
    Thank you

  • michelle pope welch

    learning to pray an unselfish prayer is perhaps one of the hardest things for a mom.  I find myself begging my Abba for His mercy on my children, begging Him to keep them safe, being selfish in my desire to have them not make mistakes.  Instead I need to pray for them to have wisdom, discernment, and compassion. I need to not pray for my wants for them but to pray for His desire for them to be done. Thank you Pastor Kerry for teaching us about another great prayer. I know that He is doing a mighty work through you and your team of Pastors. Michelle

  • Diane Noriega

    As an “older” Mom with 4 married children, I pray for wisdom, especially to keep my mouth shut when I want to give unsolicited advice as I see them go through things they shouldn’t have to go through if they were closer to the Lord.  That has required wisdom and discipline.  Every time I say, “But Lord, I could counsel them….”, He always says “No, just move out of the way and watch Me work.”  And I HAVE seen Him come through in ways which would’ve back-fired had it been from MY lips. So, yes, Solomon’s prayer is one I pray often.

  • Nwant

    Thank you Pastor Kerry for leading us in the wisdom God has granted you.

  • Shirley

    I am really enjoying this study of prayers. Thank you for leading us into a more meaningful prayer life. More than ever before, God’s people must be diligent in prayer.

  • FrankO

    I absolutely loved this prayer. I’ve been asking for wisdom everyday more and more. Wisdom to do the right thing. Even though it’s very difficult (TRUST ME, IT IS), sometimes we need to sit back and think about what we’re doing. Wisdom has come to me when I’m alone and in a quiet place, and I let my thoughts take me where I need to go.

  • Anita

    Lord, I ask you right now to continue your kindness to me and to all of your people.. Give us wisdom and discerning hearts.  We believe your word in James 1:5 and trust you for a generous portion of that wisdom.  Help us live wisely enough to try to please you, centering our actions on bringing you glory and honoring your great name.  Help us be wise in all of our personal interactions, too.  Help us know exactly what to say and do with the people who you have allowed to be in our lives for a reason.   Thank you, Jesus, for your gift!