by pastor david
1 Kings 3:10
“The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.”
In First Kings 3:5, the Lord said to Solomon, the new King of Israel, “Ask! What shall I give you?” In response, Solomon said, ”Give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people”.
Then, the Bible says, “The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing”. (First Kings 3:10)
This incident caused me to ask this question: For what kinds of things do I ask from the Lord? Is He “pleased” with my requests?
It is almost impossible to pray without including some personal, and perhaps, self-centered request. God certainly wants us to pray about personal and individual matters but the question is: If God answered my prayers the way I want Him to, would that bring glory to Him and further His Kingdom?
On two different occasions, when Jesus could have prayed a very selfish prayer, He said instead, “I want Your will to be done, not mine” (Matthew 26:39, 42 NLT). This statement was preceded by a very personal and intimate request but in the final analysis, Christ prayed for His Father’s will to be done instead of His.
I am not suggesting that we glibly tack on to our every request the, “not my will but Thine be done”, clause but that our hearts truly embrace a sense of God’s will for our lives and every aspect of our life.
“What is God’s will for my life?” you ask. To simplify a very complex issue, God’s will for your life is for you to be Christ-like!
(Romans 8:29) “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His son.”
Any prayer that does not have that goal in view will likely be a selfish prayer and not one that brings glory to God.
My concern today is that we could put aside our self-centered requests and fill our prayers with praise and petition that will glorify Jesus Christ and Him alone.
May it be said of our prayers what was said regarding Solomon’s prayer, “The speech (prayer) pleased the Lord”. (First Kings 3:10)
“Then He said, ‘Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you’.”
Chapter twenty-two of the Book of Genesis is one of the most confusing and challenging chapters in the Bible. The opening verses of the chapter are shocking! By the time you get to the end of the story, there is revealed a profound principle that every Christian needs to understand.
God asked Abraham to offer his only son as a burnt offering, in an act of worship. After Abraham stepped out in total obedience to do exactly what God commanded, the Lord provided an animal substitute to take Isaac’s place. In this astonishing story there is revealed a high-definition picture of the ultimate sacrifice, Jesus Christ, whose substitutionary death would provide salvation to all who put their faith in Him.
Besides this great theological truth visualized for us in this story, there is a very practical, living-level application here as well. Evangelist Tom Hayes captured the thought so well in the following simple but emphatic statement.
“God does not want your Isaacs. He just wants more of you.”
It is an encouraging doctrinal truth to know that when we receive Christ we get all of Him. But the question remains, does God have all of you?
You have all of Him – does He have all of you? Is there any area of your life that is outside the domain of Christ’s Lordship? By that question, I am not necessarily referring to some overt sin (although that might be the case) but, rather, to some uncommitted, unconsecrated part of your life. I have in mind some area that you are withholding from Him. May I remind you that God wants more of you!
When you hear that, you might be thinking, “I know that to be true but I find the notion very scary”. Well, so do I at times but it is then that I remind myself of passages like Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths”.
I like to think about the fact that God is “able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20).
When the fear of what a fully-surrendered life might look like sets in, James 1:17 comes to mind: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights”.
We do not have to fear surrendering all of our life to Christ because, as He proved in the life of Abraham, “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
When we are tempted to ask God “Why?” we can claim the promise of (Romans 8:29) “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son”.
It is true. God wants more of you! Are you willing to present every area of your life to God as, “a living sacrifice” (Romans 12:1)?
Pastor David Boggs
I hope these occasional posts will encourage and challenge you as we grow in Christ together.
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