I saw a nice picture quote on Facebook today that said:
“GOD, forgive me if I’ve asked you more than I’ve thanked you.”
This is such a true sentiment. I think we can all agree that we spend a lot more time asking God to fix our problems, change our situations and give us things we want than we do just thanking Him, worshipping Him and loving Him the way He truly deserves. God deserves so much more than we give Him and our prayers should reflect that.
Often, we can get so caught up in serving God, that we forget to just love God. We all need to spend more time being completely overwhelmed by the glory of who God is and what He has done. Though Albert Einstein didn’t really have the right understanding of God, I love this quote of his:
“He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.”
We should all take some time to really be awestruck by our Father in heaven, by the mind-boggling complexity of His creation and the beautiful tapestry He is weaving out of even the bleakest and most blood stained threads. Reading Genesis chapter 1 is a great place to start. Pondering how creation came from our Lord speaking it into existence is about awe-inspiring as it gets.
“At the very best we only have an inkling of the wonder of who God is.” – Alistair Begg
As much as we can stress the importance of worshipping God and praising Him for who He is and what He has done, the reality is we are all going to ask God for things. God wants us to do so because He delights in giving gifts to His children. (Matthew 7:11) However what is the best thing to ask Him for when we go to Him in prayer?
I love the account of King Solomon’s life and how God responds to his prayer. There is so much to learn from Solomon’s life, especially this defining moment:
“On that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, ‘Ask! What shall I give you?’ And Solomon said to God: ‘You have shown great mercy to David my father, and have made me king in his place. Now, O Lord God, let Your promise to David my father be established, for You have made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude. Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?’ Then God said to Solomon: ‘Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life—but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king— wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like.’ ” – 2 Chronicles 1:7-12 (Also see: 1 Kings 3:1-15)
Solomon was humble before God and realized that his power and position were gifts from the Lord and that he desperately needed God’s wisdom to be able to be a faithful steward of what he had been given. He realized that wisdom was what was needed most, and that is what is we all need to be praying for as well.
If we all spent more time praying for wisdom and discernment we wouldn’t have to spend so much time praying to ask God to fix the problems we have gotten ourselves into for the lack of it.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” – James 1:5
God will freely give us wisdom if we have enough common sense to ask for it. God knows all and God sees all. When we really understand that, we can see that asking Him to share His wisdom is one of the best things we can pray for.
“For your ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all your paths.” – Proverbs 5:21
“The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.” – Proverbs 15:3
In what areas of your life do you desperately need God’s wisdom and guidance? Have you asked Him for it? He is waiting …