Read: 2 Chronicles 1:7
“Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
Reflect: This promise was made to King Solomon just after he became King over Israel. His father, David, had died shortly before this and Solomon was living a fully committed life to his God at this time. What did Solomon ask God for? Great question, isn’t it? What would you have asked God for? When you pray, what sort of things do you ask God for? Verse 10 gives us the answer.
“Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
He asked for wisdom and knowledge to help others! Amazingly he didn’t ask for riches or gold or power or fame or any other thing which would enhance himself. He asked for others. God was so taken by Solomon’s heart that He granted him not only wisdom and knowledge but riches and gold. Because God knows our hearts, He knows what we need before we ask. He desires truth in our innermost being and He is looking for hearts that love others and desire to serve others and glorify Him. When you pray, don’t limit God to your small situations when He is asking you to touch others and change the world. When He finds that kind of heart He pours out His blessings. Andrew Murray who wrote many books on prayer said this,
“In your prayers, above everything else, beware of limiting God, not only through unbelief but also by thinking you know exactly what He can do. Learn to expect the unexpected, beyond all you ask or think. So each time you intercede through prayer, first be quiet and worship God in His glory. Think of what He can do, how He delights in Christ His Son, and of your place in Him, then expect great things.”
Solomon asked for a great thing, to have wisdom and knowledge to help God’s people, and God more than answered him. Why would He do less for you? Prayer can heal others as well as heal ourselves. It can build life in broken hearts of those we have never met, as quickly as it can heal our own wounds. Prayer can move an army of angels or a hard-human heart, if we will come in faith for our Father’s will to be done and His Kingdom to come on earth as it is in Heaven. Give yourself to prayer and you give yourself to God. Give yourself to God and then you will see captives set free and bondages broken. Hearts healed and lives restored. Satan cannot stand against the fervent prayers of a righteous person. Make your life a prayer like Elijah when he knelt down on Mt. Carmel and put his face to the ground and cried out to God. You will not be disappointed that you did!
Prayer: Father, make my life a life of prayer. Teach me, Holy Spirit, to believe for great things for others, pray for others and to believe for others. I hunger to see you move today with the same power you have moved throughout history to change destinies.