Solomon, son of King David, is now king. He seems wise already, in his youth, to ask for such understanding, rather than wealth and the life of his enemies. He wants to rule wisely. Perhaps the weight of a kingdom upon his shoulders is enough to put fear in his heart, but God is pleased with his words and the state of his heart and vows to give him that and much more.
I think of a certain musical in which the main character asks, in song, if it would spoil God’s plan to make him a wealthy man. He tries to accept that he should be content where he is, but it doesn’t stop the man from dreaming. Maybe God would give him just a little more because he asks. Is he praying wisely? I think he represents many who ask honestly.
These thousands of years later, God still wants to hear our prayers. God still acts and bestows blessings, even when our desires don’t quite match our needs. God might give us more than we ask for when we come to God with a right heart.
Loving God, creator of the earth and all things, you know our needs before we even ask. Give us wisdom to use our resources wisely. Amen. — CRW