Solomon’s Prayer For Wisdom - Once-A-Day Devotional for Women

Solomon’s Prayer For Wisdom

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.”

Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day.

“Now, LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”

1 Kings 3:5 – 9

Imagine Solomon, the heir to one of the wealthiest nations at that time, beginning his inaugural address with a prayer for God to help him — a mere “little child.” Perhaps you feel like that sometimes, even though you have children of your own. Instead of looking to his resources — the enormous power of military might; the wealth of his kingdom — Solomon turned to prayer. Only God could help him be the effective leader he needed to be. Solomon honestly evaluated his own abilities in light of the magnitude of his responsibilities as the king of Israel. He concluded: “Who by himself is able to govern this great nation of yours?”

As you begin this new year, let Solomon’s prayer for wisdom guide your own prayer. Seek God’s wisdom first; let him counsel you as you pray.


Dear Lord, I ask for your wisdom in my life this year …

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Once-A-Day Devotional for Women
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