The mythological Genie in a bottle comes to mind when I read this offer from the Lord, to the newly seated King of Israel, Solomon, son of David: “The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?” (1 Kings 3:5). Can you imagine, the Lord of Heaven and Earth, saying to a king “Ask! What shall I give you?“
We know what Solomon asked the Lord for, “…an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” (1 Kings 3:9). I have not thought this through, but off the top of my head, I cannot think of this offer, having any precedent in the biblical record. There were plenty of biblical heroes that cried out to God for help and many times, the Lord certainly did answer.
Solomon exhibited a great deal of wisdom when he asked what he did, from the Lord: it pleased the Lord v.10. So God did, according to his desire, and gave him “…a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. And I have also given you what you have not asked” (1 Kings 3:12-13).
Did you catch that? God gave Solomon what he asked for, and a whole lot more! When our motives are uncluttered and we pray in “selfless” manner, God adds in ways that are “exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20). Jesus told His disciples and in so doing tells us: “…whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14:13-14).
Every weekday from 12-1 pm in the House of Prayer, whoever wants to come and pray…come…and find people to agree with you in prayer, because: “…if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:19).
I’m just sayin…