At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” 1 Kings 3:5
Over the centuries hundreds of stories have been told in many different ways in which a person finds a magic lamp and a genie grants the person three wishes. While most people know it is not real, most people desire to have their wishes granted.
People are constantly talking about what they desire to have or be able to do some day. Often those desires come out of personal greed.
Soon after Solomon was made king, God came to him in a dream and told him to ask Him whatever he wanted Him to give him.
As the world dreams about being asked what they want by a genie, God does ask that question of believers on a regular basis.
Most believers go to God on a regular basis with a long list of desires of wants and needs. Those desires can be both for others and for themselves. Some of those desires can be selfish in the making, while others are made out of true concern for others or even self.
While Solomon was granted his request of God, many believers find that their requests are denied. This often occurs because the desire was selfish and not what God desires.
The true believer will be seeking the will of God, not his own personal desires when he asks God for something. His focus will be upon eternity, not the here and now pleasure of the day. Just as Jesus was focused upon building God’s kingdom, true believers will have that same desire and ask God for whatever is needed to make that happen.
Every believer needs to ask for things that will help him to accomplish God’s goal for his life.
You most likely have a long listed of desired things, both needed and just wants. Take time to go through that list and seek things that will line up with the goal of God in your life here on this planet. Which of those desires will make you more like Jesus and which will build His kingdom here on this earth?
Do not be afraid to ask God for your desires but be willing to ask according to His will as Jesus had said to do and see God do mighty works in and through your life.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God’s will is for your life; that you will ask God for things that fulfill His purpose in your life; and that you will have a desire to build God’s kingdom as Jesus did.
Then Manoah prayed to the Lord: “Pardon your servant, Lord. I beg you to let the man of God you sent to us come again to teach us how to bring up the boy who is to be born.” Judges 13:8
Regardless of who a person is, he must be willing to learn from someone else at some point in his life. No one grows up automatically knowing everything.
Many people, who grow up to be adults, automatically think they know how to do everything refuse to ask for help. This will often get them doing a job wrong and bringing on failure.
Manoah’s wife was told by an angel that they would have a son and he would be a leader of Israel. Manoah prayed, asking God to send the man of God to him again to teach them how to raise the boy.
God has given every person who chooses to believe in Him a task to do while on this earth. The basic line of this task is to be His witness and make disciples of Him.
For each believer, this will look a little different as to how his task is accomplished. There is no one way only, but many different ways to be a witness and make disciples depending upon the person and the situations he is in.
Many believers strike out on their own trying to be a witness or make disciples their own way without seeking the guidance of God. If God is not guiding the actions and words of the believer, the work will often fall short.
Instead of striving to be a witness and making disciples in his own way, every believer must be willing to seek God’s direction, asking for help. God is ready, willing and able to teach the believer how to do the job needed to be done.
God has a plan for you on how to do the work He wants you to do. It may be a simple or complex plan, but it is one that will work and will build His kingdom.
Do not allow pride to get in your way but be willing to humble yourself and ask God to teach and guide you in being His witness and disciple-maker. Study the Bible to see what it says about your situation and pray daily for His Holy Spirit to guide you.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God has called you to do; that you will seek God’s wisdom and direction in accomplishing His work for you to do; and that you will see favor and success in building God’s kingdom on a daily basis.