Monday, April 20, 2015


That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want Me to give you.” “Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of Yours?”  II Chronicles 1:7,10 NIV

This is way more than genie-in-a-bottle stuff. This is a serious offer from God, the Maker, Owner, Ruler of it all.

What if God came to You with this gift? Would you ask for wealth? Power? Pleasure? Long life? Would you be wise enough to ask for wisdom? Or, would you ask for something else?

Me, I need wisdom as much as Solomon did. My need, though smaller in scope, is as urgent as his. I don’t have a nation to rule, but I have myself to rule.
But I already have the promise of wisdom, just for the asking. (James 1:5) I just have to remember to discipline myself to apply it.
Forgiveness? That, too, is ours for the asking, another normal, everyday prayer. Abundant life? Already got it, just have to enjoy it.
But this special offer from God is on top of everything else He promised. That leaves us with a choice still to be made.
Good news! We can ask, for no good thing will He withhold from those of His saints whose walk is blameless. (Psalm 84:11) And blameless just takes trying to remain in His will, and asking for forgiveness (see above) when we blow it. If it sometimes seems that He is withholding, it's only because He has something way better in mind for us. 

Go ahead. Shoot for the moon and stars. What'll it be?         

Avi, my prayer is the prayer of a child who wants nothing more than to be in her Daddy’s arms. I want to know You more. I want to love You more, appreciate You more, enjoy You more. And, I want to share You. In Your holy name, Amen.
 “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10



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