Prayer Focus: Finland

Bible Reading: 1 Kings 3-4; 2 Chronicles 1; Psalm 72

Scripture

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.”

So 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?”

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 wealth and honor —so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. (1 Kings 3:5, 9, 11-13)

Observation

God gave Solomon one wish. He chose a heart of understanding. He chose, uh, wisely!

Application

Each day I am tempted to pursue wealth and honor. I need a heart of understanding more than anything, a heart to understand God, others, and myself.

Prayer

Awesome God, thank You for revealing the value of a discerning heart through the request of Solomon. I also pray for a wise and discerning heart, a heart of understanding. I need Your wisdom as I seek to lead myself, my wife, our children, and Scio. I desperately need You and Your wisdom. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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