“In that night God appeared to Solomon,
and said to him, ‘Ask what I shall give you.’”
2 Chronicles 1:7
We’ve all heard the story of the genie in the bottle with the three wishes. How many of us would have asked for more wishes? Have you ever really considered this? What might you ask for if God asked you like he did Solomon?
I have no idea why this topic came up today. Maybe it’s for someone specifically who is trying to sort some stuff out in his/her life. Who knows! Maybe the Lord is intending to start me on something.
The verse that comes to mind for me is this:
Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.
I guess there really isn’t more that I could desire than to walk with God. That’s my over-arching desire. If anything fits under that umbrella, it’s good. If not, then, honestly, it needs to go. It really isn’t any more complicated than that.
On the other hand, Jesus instructs us to ask for things – for good reason.
John 15:7-8 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that your bear much fruit and so prove to by my disciples.
Things start to get trickier with this. To be truthful, my laziness is my biggest problem. Well, actually, my cares for this world are. Simply put, I don’t take the time to pray like I should. In fact, I don’t take the time to figure out HOW to pray like I should. When I stop to think about this, I see great opportunity. My prayer, today, is that I re-arrange and re-prioritize my life so that I might pray and ask so that…what? My Father might be glorified. And that I might bear much fruit. And that I might prove to be his disciple. Why wouldn’t I want to do these things?
One more verse that comes to mind:
John 4:10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”
This is the first step to anything because without salvation, God does not listen to anyone’s prayer. But if I’m already saved, how does this apply to me now? It’s simple. Others aren’t. There’s nothing more important in the life of a human than to be saved. In fact, is there really any point in praying for the health or welfare of the lost without first praying for their soul? Seriously! For that matter, what is there in this world that might be of any consequence to the unsaved – or saved – considering all of eternity. For the unsaved, things are going to get much, much worse at death. For the saved, everything will be so good that no hardship here will even matter.
My friends, we have great latitude in our prayer. Here’s one that you might consider studying:
Ephesians 3:14-21 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith – that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
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