Tuesday, July 14, 2015 7:19 AM

A Prayer for Wisdom

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 7:19 AM
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 7:19 AM

There are a number of things in this conversation between God and Solomon which give insight into wisdom.

1 Ki 3:9 Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?” 1 Ki 3:10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 1 Ki 3:11 God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 1 Ki 3:12 I now do according to your word. Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you. 1 Ki 3:13 I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor all your life; no other king shall compare with you. 1 Ki 3:14 If you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your life.

It is commonly thought that Solomon asked for wisdom only, but Solomon also gave a reason for asking for wisdom.

Solomon asked for

Give your servant therefore an understanding mind

The reason for the request

  • to govern your people

  • to discern between good and evil

God said to Solomon

“Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right

God gave Solomon         

What Solomon asked for: I give you a wise and discerning mind

God’s gift surpassed Solomon’s request: No one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you (God gave Solomon the wisest mind that ever existed among rulers.)

God even added to Solomon more than he requested: I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor all your life

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