MONDAY 19TH NOVEMBER, 2018
THEME: PRAY FOR UNDERSTANDING
TEXT: 1 KINGS 3:5-10
MEMORY VERSE: 1 KINGS 3:9 “Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil for who is able to judge these great people of Yours?
If it were you what would you choose if God offered to give you anything you asked for? King Solomon was face to face with that delightful dilemma when God presented to him every opportunity to become whatever he wanted to become in life. “Ask what I shall give unto you”, God told him in a dream at night when he went to Gibeon, about 61/2 km from Jerusalem. (1 Kings 3.5).
Solomon’s answer to this golden opportunity to ask for anything was that God should give him the understanding to lead the people of Israel. Because of his unselfish request, God gave him more than he asked for.
Many Christians today engage in warfare prayers, battle-to-finish arrow prayers and series of prayers of entreaty for selfish reasons. Many people ask for long life, prosperity, success, fortune and every good thing they can make use of but they failed to ask for the most important thing –UNDERSTANDING.
The most important thing Solomon requested for at that time was understanding. The most important thing God wants to hear you request for is understanding of the divine opportunity and position He has placed you. Have you requested for such? Remember your riches, position and all that you have need divine understanding on how to handle them successfully. Therefore, pray unto God today for understanding. Proverbs 3:5 encourages us to trust in the Lord with all our hearts, and lean not on our own understanding. Proverbs 19:8 encourages us “to keep understanding so that we can find good things”. Only a fool will not have delight in understanding but a wise man will always seek for it.
Understanding is sometimes used with wisdom so when you get one, you get the other. Prov. 4:7 says “Wisdom is a principal thing; therefore get wisdom and with all thy getting get understanding.”
Pray today for both.
HYMN: EMHB 291 – GRACIOUS SPIRIT, DWELL WITH ME!
PRAYER: All-wise Father, open my eyes and sense of understanding to know what and how to pray in Jesus’ name.
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