The prayer of Solomon

“And God said, [to Solomon] ‘ask what I shall give thee? And Solomon said …”give therefore an understanding heart to Judge Thy people that I may discern between good and bad; for who is able to judge so great a people? And the speech pleased The Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. And God said unto him, because thou hast asked this thing and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked for riches for thyself, nor has asked for the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgement; behold, I haev done according to thy words; lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart, so that there is none like thee before thee, neither after thee, shall any arise like unto thee. And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches and honour; so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. And if thou wilt walk in My ways to keep My Statutes and My Commandments..then will I lengthen thy days.” I Kings 3: 5b, 6a, 9-14
You know all wisdom comes from God. I love the Bible and one of the reasons I love it is that it teaches me everything. These verses about Solomon show the heart and character of God more than they show the wisdom of Solomon. Solomon’s wisdom was a gift of God for selflessness on Solomon’s part and a sincere desire to be fair and just with the people. God rewarded Solomon abundanly as history proves. James 1: 5 -6 reiterates the wisdom from God message with these words, “if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not, and it shall be given unto him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea, driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think he shall receive any thing of The Lord.”



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