In 1 Kings 3:5-12 a great lesson is learned. Many times in life there is stress and strain and it is manifested in daily prayer. The prayers almost begin to sound like mandates to God in terms of what we need, as if we really know what we need. Solomon took a different approach and simply asked God for direction in difficult times. How sweet that was. The narrative is recorded, “In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. 6 And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. 7 And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. 8 And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude 9 Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? 10 And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. 11 And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; 12 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.”
In close examination of the text, Solomon never asked God for wisdom, he asked for an understanding heart to properly deal with the people. This formula is for all Christians. We do not know the outcome or how things really should be. Yet, through providential prayer and faith, the Solomon prescription prompts us to ask God for understanding so we may respond in wisdom. It was God in his infinite wisdom, which through the prayer of his servant Solomon, saw that the best thing for him, in terms of his spiritual request, was wisdom.
In plurality of times our best effort is to ask God for wisdom and seek His wisdom. God has the answer to our dilemmas. Solomon could have asked for and requested more, yet he strayed from conceptual gain and carnality. H e was after the mind of God. Our spiritual success is improved when we ask God to guide us as opposed to asking Him to deliver the result our carnal mind has contrived. Ask God for wisdom in all situations. Remember, you are the clay In The Potter’s Hands. God has paved a way to save you today!