What do you really want from God?

“May he turn our hearts to him, to walk in obedience to him and keep the commands, decrees and laws he gave our ancestors.”  1 Kings 8:58.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: 1 Kings 8, 2 Chronicles 5, Psalm 99, and Romans 3.

I am into my sixth year of reading through the Bible each year.  Despite the previous five trips through, I have just now discovered Solomon.

Several days ago Solomon became a top-notch role model for me.  He chose discernment and an awareness of right and wrong, when God asked him what He could do for him.  The best part of all was God’s reaction to Solomon’s request: “The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this.” – 1 Kings 3:10.

I have thought a lot since then about why God was so pleased with Solomon’s request.  I think it was because Solomon was asking for the tools that would help to make him a Godly man.  Those are things God wants to give each of us, including me.

Each of us can ask God for whatever we want Him to give us.  However, I know now from the Solomon example the kind of request God honors and is pleased with.

More of Solomon’s good requests in today’s chosen verse.  Solomon is now asking that God to keep him doing what he should do.  To get the choices of his life right before God.

We all need that.  I want God to “turn” me when I’m misdirected.  I want God to get my attention when I am messing things up.  My Godliness is so limited.  I demand His guidance.

“Lord, thank You for Solomon’s good examples.  I beg for your discernment this day.  Help me to get right and wrong right.  Turn me from my wicked ways.  I love You, Father.”

Are you praying for things you think you need or what God knows you need?

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