Although I know that there is no one way to received answers to our prayers. It is all by Grace! But one thing I’m also sure of is that, if we could study the pattern of prayers people prayed in the Bible, and were answered, it could be a better way to know the kind of prayers that pleases God. I want to use my writing to understudy the prayer Solomon prayed immediately after he assumed the throne as the King of Israel.
5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.”
7 And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in. 8 And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude. 9 Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?” 1 Kings 3: 5, 7-9(ESV)
God’s response to Solomon’s Prayers:
11. And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right,
12. behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. 1 Kings 3:11-12(ESV)
From the scriptures above, the details of God’s response would give us an idea of what should be paramount in our prayers to Him. God was so pleased with Solomon’s prayer that God vouched to answer his prayers and those he had not asked for. This is astonishing !
We can see that God was surprised that Solomon did not pray like others. Maybe his kind of prayers was not popular in those days.
Things Solomon did not prayed for according to the scriptures above are:
1. He never asked God for long life.
2. He never prayed for prosperity.
3. He refused to asked God to kill or send fire upon his enemies.
Are those things mentioned above not a concern/desire to Solomon ? Absolutely they were!
Solomon knew somehow that if he could obtained wisdom from God every other things would be taken care of by wisdom. Sounds like, “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, all these things will be added unto you”. Matthew 6:33.
It will then be right to say:
1. A man with a wisdom could prolong his days. Proverbs 9:11
2. A man with a wisdom will know how to prosper. Proverbs 16:20
3. A man with a wisdom will know the best way to deal with his enemies in a godly manner. Proverbs 3:17, 16:17.
Little wonder, Bible says ‘Wisdom is the PRINCIPAL THING’