Solomon’s Praise pleasing prayer
Now Solomon loved the Lord, walking [at first] in the statutes of David his father, except [for the fact that] he sacrificed and burned incense in the high places [ignoring the law that required all sacrifices to be offered at the tabernacle. 1 Kings chapter 3:3
In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream at night; and God said, “Ask [Me] what I shall give you.” 1 Kings 3:5
Then Solomon said, “You have shown Your servant David my father great lovingkindness, because he walked before You in faithfulness and righteousness and with uprightness of heart toward You; and You have kept for him this great lovingkindness, in that You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is today. 1 Kings 3:6
So now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king in place of David my father; and as for me, I am but a little boy [[d]in wisdom and experience]; I do not know how to go out or come in [that is, how to conduct business as a king. 1 Kings 3:7
Your servant is among Your people whom You have chosen, a great people who are too many to be numbered or counted. 1 Kings 3:8
So give Your servant an understanding mind and a hearing heart [with which] to judge Your people, so that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge and rule this great people of Yours?” 1 Kings 3:9
Now it pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing. 1 Kings 3:10
God said to him, “Because you have asked this and have not asked for yourself a long life nor for wealth, nor for the lives of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to recognize justice, 1 Kings 3:11
behold, I have done as you asked. I have given you a wise and discerning heart (mind), so that no one before you was your equal, nor shall anyone equal to you arise after you. 1 Kings 3:12
I have also given you what you have not asked, both wealth and honor, so that there will not be anyone equal to you among the kings, for all your days. 1 Kings 3:13
If you walk in My ways, keeping My statutes and My commandments, as your father David [e]did, then I will lengthen your days.” 1 Kings 3:14
Solomons’s humble response(Worship)
Then Solomon awoke, and he realized that it was a dream. He came [back] to Jerusalem and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; he offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, and he prepared a feast for all his servants. 1 Kings 3: 15
I think there is a lesson to be learnt from king Solomon. There is power in our praises, offerings, worship and thanksgiving to The Lord. The lesson to be learnt from king Solomon is that it’s not everyday ask, ask, ask from God. Sometimes and actually most times we ought to give God Thanks. That’s really the answer to our prayers. We can learn this from most men and women of God. Sure king Solomon had a request on his heart, he desired to be able to lead his people as king in his youth. Yet he was not forward in his asking and rather he simply just sacrificed his praises unto The Lord. There of course is nothing wrong with asking or making our requests known unto the Lord. For the bible says that ask and it shall be given unto you. However, that being said the most important request that we should really make known to the Lord is our praises. The Lord desires to abide in the praises of His people. It’s no wonder He loved David so much, a man after His own heart He describes his servant as, in spite of his mistakes, what a privilege. It is indeed a privilege and an honour to worship at His throne.
You see we don’t understand how privileged we are, to be able to freely worship God and it’s all because of the sacrifice that God Himself made.
God sacrificed His ONE and ONLY begotten SON, so that we could freely worship Him and have life in abundance. So brethren, if God Himself could sacrifice His only begotten Son, which we did not deserve. Then is it really too much to ask to Praise The Lord in spirit and in truth, with our whole hearts? King Solomon made sacrifices unto The Lord and when he did God asked what he desired. And that’s the deep secret revealed, that’s the key to your prayers being answered. King Solomon humbly responded to God and could then freely ask for wisdom, and king Solomon’s prayer was answered because his prayer pleased The Lord. King Solomon’s prayer was not for selfish gain, but it was to add value to others and to bless The Lord. We see this with Hannah who was barren for many years, but when it came to her not asking but making a sacrifice to The Lord God most certainly granted Hannah’s request and blessed her with one of the greatest prophets, Samuel. Did prophet Samuel not add value to his people, of course he did a prophet was needed at that time.
So brethren God granted Solomon wisdom but not only did He grant Solomon wisdom, his prayer pleased God so much, that he blessed Solomon beyond measure! And through God blessing king Solomon with so much, Solomon was able to do something that his father could not do Solomon was given access to the best of the best from food, to materials, to the most talented of people and it was through this that king Solomon was able to build a house for The Lord! I hope you are catching the revelation that our praises hold the power to answering our prayers, but God will not answer just any old prayer. God answers prayers that are the desires of our heart, that are according to His will, that will add value to others and that will bless His Kingdom.
Remember prayer that pleases God are those that are willing to sacrifice for His sake, to let go of the world and hold on to His perfect will.
Just as God let go of His son so that we might receive salvation.
God bless you loads and thanks for reading.😊🙏♥️