May 8, 2017

Here is our memory verse for this week:

1 John 5:14 (NLT) — 14 And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him.

Perhaps John looked back on his own life and the lives of the disciples as they walked with Jesus and he remembered what Jesus said when they asked for something that didn’t please him like > they asked if they should call down fire from heaven on one town that wouldn’t receive them into town (Mark 9:54). Or when they asked not to have the parents bring their children to Jesus because they thought it bothered Jesus > (Mark 10:14). Or when they asked Jesus to dismiss the people because they didn’t have enough food to feed them > (John 6). Or when Peter asked if he could build three tabernacles to honor Jesus, Moses and Elijah > (Matt. 17) Or when they asked Jesus to admire the temple building > (Matt. 24:1) I am sure there were many more of these asking times and through them John figured out that God will answer the prayers that please him. Hears, in our memory verse, means that he hears with giving attached to it.

I know that as a parent when my son asked me for something that pleased me I would give it to him if I could. The question that always pleased me was, “Dad would you help me” and running a close second was, “Dad what do you think I should do”. If he asked me for something that I had promised him like, “Dad I did all my chores could I have the money that you promised me” I would willing give it to him and sometimes I would add a little more.

I believe that God loves it when we ask for things that he has promised us like in our memory verse from last week, He promised if we boldly came to him to receive grace and mercy He would give it to us. But there is one thing that God really seems to love to give when we ask for it and Solomon asked for it.

1 Kings 3:5–12 (NLT) — 5 That night the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!” 6 Solomon replied, “You showed great and faithful love to your servant my father, David, because he was honest and true and faithful to you. And you have continued to show this great and faithful love to him today by giving him a son to sit on his throne. 7 “Now, O Lord my God, you have made me king instead of my father, David, but I am like a little child who doesn’t know his way around. 8 And here I am in the midst of your own chosen people, a nation so great and numerous they cannot be counted! 9 Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?” 10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom. 11 So God replied, “Because you have asked for wisdom in governing my people with justice and have not asked for a long life or wealth or the death of your enemies—12 I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have! 13 And I will also give you what you did not ask for—riches and fame! No other king in all the world will be compared to you for the rest of your life!

Wow Solomon could have asked God for anything and he chose to ask for wisdom to govern God’s people. God was so pleased that Solomon asked for wisdom that he also gave him riches and fame!

My thought is that when we go to pray we should ask God what he wants us to ask for. Now that is wisdom. Seems pretty simple doesn’t it? But if we want all of our prayers answered this is the way to go. God is so generous he will probably give us much more than we asked for.

James 1:5 (NLT) — 5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.

Be Inspired Hilltop!