2 Chronicles 1:6-12
Solomon went up to the bronze altar before the LORD in the tent of meeting and offered a thousand burnt offerings on it.
That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
Solomon answered God, “You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. Now, LORD God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth. Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.”
Solomon certainly had his faults, but this he got exactly right… God gave him the chance to ask for anything he wanted and Solomon chose wisely. Money, power, fame, comfort, he could’ve had it all with one simple word but he chose “wisdom” instead.
In that instant, God made Himself vulnerable to Solomon. He promised to give Solomon whatever he asked for and waited to see the heart of His servant revealed.
God’s question seems almost unbelievable to me until I realize that that divine encounter is replayed in the hearts and lives of God’s servants every single day. I have a hard time wrapping my mind around God’s logic that day and I have an even harder time wrapping my mind around His reasoning behind asking me the same question.
Matthew 7:7 — “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
Mark 11:24 — “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
John 16:23-24 — “I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”
That’s not, by any means, an exhaustive list of the times God tells me to ask and receive from Him. There’s something special in the relationship between “asker” and “askee,” isn’t there? When we, like Solomon, ask for what our heart most desires, we become vulnerable to a God that sees through to the heart. God looks at our heart and judges the motive behind the ask.
I wonder what would happen if we stopped asking for things like money, popularity and comfort and started asking for things like wisdom, courage and discipline.
I suspect that we would discover a deeper level of integrity. And with that integrity, we would find a more God-centered ministry.
There’s power in THE ASK. Check your motives and tap into it.