The Purity of Prayer
1 Kings 1
God grants Solomon wisdom.
Solomon's heart is manifested by the purity of his prayer. He could have asked for a long life; he could have asked for riches and honor. But instead Solomon asks simply for wisdom. What an honest and unselfish prayer. Being honest with God is not as easy as we might think. We all tend to live life with masks on-behind which the real "us" hides-to make a better impression on people. How foolish! God sees behind the mask—as do most people. We can learn from Solomon. God is pleased with honest, transparent prayers.
Offer your praise to the Lord for His wisdom to all generations of those who love Him:
Thus says the Lord:
"Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,
Let not the mighty man glory in his might,
Nor let the rich man glory in his riches;
But let him who glories glory in this,
That he understands and knows Me,
That I am the Lord, exercising loving-kindness,
judgment, and righteousness in the earth.
For in these I delight," says the Lord (Jeremiah 9:23-24).
Pray this confession to the Lord as you seek to keep your life free from sin:
Who can understand his errors?
Cleanse me from secret faults.
Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins;
Let them not have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
And I shall be innocent of great transgression.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer (Psalm 19:12-14).
Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind.
Now pause to pray this affirmation to the all-wise Lord:
In you, O Christ, are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (based on Colossians 2:3).
As you make your requests known to the Lord, pray for:
- Greater wisdom in your daily life
- Wisdom for political leaders
- Your activities for the day
Finally, offer this prayer to the Lord:
To the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen (1 Timothy 1:17).