Praying Solomon’s Prayer is Better
Teach us to pray
We see in those few humble words many different attitudes. The disciples came to Jesus in Luke 11 and asked him to teach them how to pray. Their words were:
It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples (verse 1ff NASB)
Those words tell us that Jesus’ disciples wanted some of the similar things that John the Baptist’s disciples had. A leader who would teach them everything they need to know, including how to pray.
We also see a desire of the disciples heart. They just didn’t want to be incapable men. They truly wanted to know how pray and their humbleness comes through when they turn to Jesus for their instruction.
Today, many people do not have that right heart attitude.
The right heart attitude
A couple of years ago or so, approx., a fad came into the church world. It was called Jabez’s prayer. Many people prayed that prayer, books were written on it and so forth.
People want to be rich, they want to have lots of things, large spreads of land and many other things. Very few want what Solomon wanted when he became King. Here is Solomon’s prayer, it is found in 1 Kings 3:6-9. please read it slowly and carefully weighing his words comparing his desires with yours:
6 Then Solomon said, “You have shown great loving kindness to Your servant David my father, according as he walked before You in [b]truth and righteousness and uprightness of heart toward You; and You have [c]reserved for him this great loving kindness, that You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. 7 Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king in place of my father David, yet I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. 8 Your servant is in the midst of Your people which You have chosen, a great people who are too many to be numbered or counted. 9 So give Your servant [d]an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this [e]great people of Yours? (NASB)
The key is to say this prayer with honesty and humbleness and for no ulterior motives. In the following passage we read God’s answer:
10 It was pleasing in the sight of the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing. 11 God said to him, “Because you have asked this thing and have not asked for yourself long life, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have you asked for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself discernment to understand justice, 12 behold, I have done according to your words. Behold, I have given you a wise and discerning heart, so that there has been no one like you before you, nor shall one like you arise after you. 13 I have also given you what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that there will not be any among the kings like you all your days. (1 Kings 3: 10-13 NASB)
There is a condition to the promise
BUT that was not his complete answer. God put one caveat on this answer to Solomon’s prayer and again you should read it carefully and wisely consider the ramifications of God’s word. Here is the caveat:
14 If you walk in My ways, keeping My statutes and commandments, as your father David walked, then I will prolong your days (NASB)
This is the thing that most modern-day believers need to focus on. They love to focus on the good things, especially those that require nothing from them BUT God does put caveats with his rewards and the believer needs to think of the importance of those caveats.
We need to obey God.
Yes it is fun to pray to have our boundaries enlarged and so on but it is another thing to live according to how God wants and use the rewards God gives us properly.
Some final words
Prayer in a believer’s life is important. A little perspective is in order here so that believers understand whom they are talking to. Christian is not talking to some Santa Claus in the sky who grants them their every wish.
When believers pray to the God of the Bible, they are praying to the One True God who made heaven and earth. He is holy, righteous and as well as loving. He is also the one who has commanded us to be holy, righteous and so on.
God is not our servant, believers are his servants and their prayers should be following that fact. The good news is we have many biblical prayers to use as our example to get our hearts and minds ready for talking to God.
Solomon’s prayer should be one on the lips of every church leader as they are given a tough task to lead God’s people. Honesty, a pure heart and love for others and God are key elements when one prays..
Follow the Holy Spirit to help you find the right examples to use till you understand how to pray like Jesus would want and he finds pleasure in your prayers as he did Solomon’s.
© 2019 David Thiessen