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)
Pastor David Boggs
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