1 King 3:5 A Free Ticket To Ask

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At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God asked, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” 1 Kings 3:5 

One of the wishes of many people would be able to ask someone or something for anything that they want and that they will get it. Many stories of have been written over the years of people finding a magic lamp with a genie in it. The genie comes out and offers three wishes to the owner of the lamp.

Some of the owners struggle as to what to ask for, wanting only to get the best thing possible, not wanting to waste a wish. In the process of asking, sometimes the owner likes what he has been given and other times regrets what he was given. The genie gives the request whether it is really a good one or not.

Although genies are not real, God is. Once Solomon had become king of Israel, God came to him one night and allowed him to ask for whatever he wants, and God would give it to him. With some thought, Solomon chose to ask for God’s wisdom in his life.

Over the years since that time, many people have desired God to ask them that same question. They want God to give them the same proposal to ask whatever they want of Him. Most are forgetting that Jesus had said the same thing. He had stated that those who believe in Him could ask of anything according to His will and they would get it.

That request to ask for anything has never been changed or rescinded. God still loves to give His people what they ask for. However, the question is what will people ask for?

Often people ask for wealth or things to benefit themselves. It is all about self, rather than God and His kingdom.

Believers are to be focused on God and building His kingdom first and foremost. The things that they need to ask for should be to that effort.

You have the opportunity to ask God for whatever you want. What is your heart’s desire to have?

Solomon chose wisdom. It was about serving God and the kingdom God had given him. What will your choice be?

Will it be like the majority of the world, something for self?

Or will it be something to honor God and build His kingdom?

Ask God today. He is waiting.

I pray today that you will know God’s heart; that you will know what God wants of you; that you will seek God’s desires for your life; and that you will believe God only gives what is best for you and His kingdom. 

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Proverbs 30:8-9 Truth And Contentment

Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD? Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God. Proverbs 30:8-9

Agur makes two requests of God to be granted. The first is very understandable and many will ask of it also: to be kept from falsehood and lies. Many understand this and do not want to be in lies. Telling lies gets a person on a slippery downward slope that is difficult to get back up. The farther from the edge of that slope a person is the better off he is.

The other request is to have neither poverty nor wealth. Many struggle with this one, because most people want wealth. There is nothing wrong with wealth, in and of itself. The problem comes in that when a person gets wealthy, he will usually forget about God. The reliance on God will go away.

It will cause many people to stop relying on God for their provision and rely on their own works.

Along side of not wanting extreme wealth, Agur does not want to be extremely poor. He fears that he will end up stealing to survive, which dishonors God.

His request is to have just enough for his daily bread.

The challenge with having just enough for your daily bread, is that you cannot directly see what there will be for tomorrow. It is a walk of faith, not by sight. It is trusting that God will meet all of your needs from day-to-day. It is not worrying about tomorrow.

This can be a scary journey, if you do not realize who God is, how much He loves you, and how much He can do. God is the master of the universe, He loves you with an undying, perfect and eternal love, and He is all-powerful and can do anything needed.

How is your trust in God today?

Are you trying to get rich, to provide for yourself?

Are you stealing to provide for yourself?

Or are you trusting God to provide just what you need, when you need it?

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will see God’s provision for you; that you will trust God for day-to-day needs; and that you will not try to do everything on your own.

Psalm 27:4 One Thing To Ask For

One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. Psalm 27:4

Every day people make requests of God. They are constantly asking God for something. The majority of people are asking for something for themselves. It could be for provision of food or finances, or for healing, or a repair of a relationship, or for direction or for nearly an infinite list of things both physical and non-physical.

Others will spend time in prayer asking God for things for other people. The same list of things requested for the individual will also be for others. These requests can be for loved ones, friends, enemies, or even unknown people.

There is nothing wrong with making these types of requests of God. Paul had told the Philippians to make all their requests known to God. No one is to worry about anything, but just to bring it before God.

David, had brought a different type of request to God. That request was to be able to dwell in His house everyday and to be able to gaze upon Him.

What could be better than being in God’s presence? When you are in His presence, you will be filled with His glory and majesty. You will be overwhelmed at His love and holiness.

Everything thing and every problem in this world is temporary. They are here today and gone tomorrow. None will last for eternity. Only God lasts for eternity.

As you get into His presence more, the cares and concerns of this world will fade away. They will no longer be of high importance.

Perfect peace, love, holiness, comfort, and everything else good will surround you when you are in His presence.

You are the temple of God where God dwells, if you allow Him too.

What is your request of God today?

Are you wanting to spend time in God’s presence?

Are you wanting to seek Him all the days of your life?

Or are the concerns of this world more important?

I pray today that you will know the presence of God in your life; that you will desire to be in God’s presence; that the cares of this world will not overwhelm you; and that you will desire to seek God daily.

Psalm 6:4 Because Of His Love

Turn, LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love. Psalm 6:4

David had been going through some extreme pressure and troubles because of his enemies. He cries out to God all through the night asking for mercy. His request is that God would choose to deliver him, not because he is good or is worth anything, but because of God’s great love.

Crying out to God for help is nothing new to people. All over the world, most people who are going through an extremely difficult situation will cry out to God or a god of some type for help. In the process of crying out to God for help many will list reasons why God should help them.

One of the common reasons that is often used is that the person promises to do something for God in return. They promise to live better for God if He will just deliver them from a bad situation.

Others will list things that they have done for God in the past, such as going to church, teaching in Sunday School, and giving of tithes and offerings. The view of both types of answers is that the person is trying to earn God’s favor. They are saying they are worth God delivering them.

In this Psalm, David is requesting it based on one thing, and one thing only: the never-failing love of God. He knows that he is not worth being saved, but is crying out for the mercy of God.

During his time, David did not have Jesus to look to for salvation, he was still under the Law. The people had to work for their salvation, yet, David knew he had to rely on the mercy of God.

As a believer today, you cannot earn your salvation with God. You cannot earn deliverance from a bad situation from God. You must trust and rely on the love and mercy of God in your life.

When you go before God asking for help, do not list off things you have done. Do not try to earn God’s favor. Trust in what Jesus has done for you, and rely on His great grace, love and mercy.

God is a great God of love and is full of mercy and grace that you did not earn. Lean on His love.

I pray today that you will know the love God has for you; that you will trust in God’s love for you; that you will not try to earn your salvation or deliverance; and that God will show His love for you to you.