“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 (NIV)
After Solomon’s father, King David appointed him to be the next king, God personally appeared to Solomon in a dream. The Lord said, "Ask for whatever you want me to give you." As a new King, Solomon could have asked for anything. However, he humbly asked God for a discerning heart to govern God's people and distinguish between right and wrong. The Lord immediately promised to give Solomon a "wise and discerning heart" unlike any before and after him. In addition, God blessed him with unequaled wealth and honor during his reign.
Like Solomon, we too can ask for God's blessings. When I started having children, I had a hard time relating to parents who REALLY enjoyed them. After my second child, I started asking God to help me find joy in parenting my children. I didn't quite expect His answer to come in the form of a third child! During that pregnancy, I remember questioning Him, "Really? Really, God? I can barely handle the first two. How is adding a third an answer to my prayer? I’m not asking for an extra ’bundle of joy.’" I was pretty sure God misunderstood or didn't hear my prayer correctly.
Little did I know how beautifully God answered that earnest prayer. My heart and spirit changed dramatically when my third child arrived. When my first two children were infants, life was a blur—probably due to lack of sleep and not knowing what I was doing. With the third, I was suddenly more aware of the day-to-day moments I spent with her. God worked in my heart to enjoy every moment and really delight in all my children.
I know it's God's work in me because I can’t manufacture that kind of joy on my own. It's a supernatural answer to my prayer. What would you like more of in your life? Is it peace, patience, forgiveness, joy, grace, courage, more faith, wisdom, ____________? Whatever your __________ is, He’s more than able and willing to answer. And often, I find He gives even more than what we know to ask.
- Alora Zrenda