“In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what I shall give thee” (2 Chronicles 1:7).TEXT — 2 Chronicles 1:7-17
Many people see or read of the privileges that other people have and wish that they too can have such. The truth is everyone has the privilege to achieve whatever good thing they desire in life. Everyone has the potential to succeed. The problem, however, is that not everyone recognises this and utilises it. They just allow their opportunities to slip by them and go ahead to live below their potential.
King Solomon had the rarest opportunity in life. He had an open cheque from God to ask whatever he wanted. He could have asked for something material and mundane but that would have limited him and made him like every other ordinary man. He chose to ask for something sublime. He asked for divine wisdom and knowledge, not for himself and personal profit, but for the benefit of the people of God. His request pleased God who not only gave him what he wanted but added far more than he requested.
Our natural reaction to this promise of God to Solomon is to wish we had such promises. Yet, God has given every believer the blank cheque to ask Him whatever they may desire. God has promised and is faithful to His words. The problem for many Christians, however, is not whether they will receive anything when they ask, but whether they will ask at all. And even when they do ask, their request is self-limiting. They ask only for the perishable and the mundane. They ask for things temporary and transient.
Like Solomon, every Christian needs to learn how best to use their opportunities in prayer. We have an inexhaustible well of divine resources before us, from which we can draw whatever we need. Ask for those things that will befit the glory of God and bring blessings to humanity. Ask big and ask in faith. God is standing by to grant whatever we will ask for His glory in faith.
Thought for the day
What will you ask today?
- in one year
- JEREMIAH 22 – 24