“At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream and God said, ‘Ask for whatever you want me to give you.’ Solomon answered, ‘Give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?’ The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. So God said to him, ‘Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both riches and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings.” I Kings 3:5,9-13
King Solomon is an excellent example of a man who exemplified what God can do through one person. He succeeded in finally building that temple where God could dwell. I Kings 4:30 states that Solomon’s wisdom was far greater than the wisdom of all the men of the East and of Egypt. How did Solomon gain so much wisdom? According to James 1:5, if any man lacks wisdom he should ask God. Proverbs 2:6 states “For the Lord gives wisdom, and from His mouth come wisdom and knowledge.” Solomon obviously knew from where all wisdom came because he simply asked God. “Give your servant a discerning heart…” was his request. God was pleased with that request, and notice God’s answer. God granted him more than his request. Solomon did not ask for long life or riches, which would have been selfish requests. My prayers can sometimes be very selfish. In verse thirteen the Lord says, “I will give you what you have not asked for—both riches and honor.” Knowing wisdom only comes from the Lord, we should follow King Solomon’s example. James 4:2 states that we do not have because we do not ask. How many times has God blessed us with much more that we ever asked? Remember the two important elements of King Solomon’s request: It was for wisdom, and it focused on God, not on Solomon. Pray today for Godly wisdom, and remember that we do not have because we do not ask.