“So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people” I Kings 3: 9
Solomon’s wisdom is well known to the world and his prayer for wisdom is much preached and appreciated in the Christian world. When he chose wisdom as the most important gift he wanted, God granted it in exceptional quantity and also gave him what he did not asked for – wealth, long life and peace under his reign.
Why God was so generous?
When we feel many times that God is not answering our long time prayers, this guy was given things which he did not asked for along with what he wanted. It is baffling!
I guess the clue is in finding why Solomon asked for wisdom. He asked wisdom so that he will govern the great people of God and will fulfil the purpose for which God made him a king over Israel.
Wow! That was awesome. He did not ask wisdom to be a great king; instead he wanted to rule the people wisely. At the beginning of his kingship he had a great concern for his people. He feared God and wanted to follow what his father taught him.
We see the same pattern in Job’s life. When Job prayed for his friends God healed him and made him prosperous with twofold blessing (Job 42: 10).
In our prayers also let us focus on others. If we seek God for others, we and our family will surely get God’s blessing. When we place the needs of others in the front, God will take care of our needs.
Rev. John Jebaseelan