Devotions

What do you want?

2 Chronicles 1:7 (NLT) – That night God appeared to Solomon and said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!”

My dogs don’t talk. Yet, I generally know what they want. I get them up in the mornings and they immediately go to where their food is. They want to eat. After I they have been outside, they come inside to the side of my chair and nuzzle up their heads to where my hands are. They want a head rub! My dogs don’t talk, but they certainly know how to ask for what they want.

I love the story of Solomon, especially in his early years. The above verses are from those years. Solomon had established himself as king over all the nation of Israel. He was set up for success. He had just offered sacrifices to God and had settled in for the night. Then it happened.

God appeared. Not only did God appear, but He spoke. God asked Solomon, “What do you want?”

What a question! The Creator of the universe is asking a mere human what he wants. Not only that, but God says that He will give it to Solomon.

Many of us know the rest of the story. Solomon does not ask for wealth or riches or honor or the death of enemies. Solomon asks for wisdom.

Jesus tells us that if we ask, we will receive. (Matthew 7:7). I don’t think I’m good at asking for things, especially from God. Who am I to ask?

Yet, God tells me to ask. Jesus tells me to ask. So, I must learn to ask. I want to ask unselfishly, like Solomon. I want to ask for things that are important to God. Asking is hard, but because God wants me to ask, I need to.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, You know me. You know what I need even before I ask. I want to ask You for what I want, but I want to want what You want for me! Thank You for giving me what I want when I ask with wisdom.

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