Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you desperately need something and someone says “ask and it will be given, seek and you will find”?
You get excited and start praying like crazy but nothing happens.
Why is that?
On the other hand, in 1 Kings 3, we can read a story about God giving Solomon the chance to ask for anything. When given the opportunity Solomon asks for wisdom to lead God’s people and God is so pleased with this answer that not only does He given Solomon what he asked for, but gives him way more.
Why do we get silence and some get it all?
You get nothing and Solomon gets it all.
So what is the difference?
I notice two things in 1 Kings 3 that might have more to do with Solomon’s answered prayer than we think.
Do you love Him or do you just want something from Him
1 Kings 3:3-4 shows us that Solomon was seeking God. He was seeking Him for an answered prayer. Solomon was simply seeking God because he loved Him, not for what He could get.
We might not say with our words but we treat Him as a cosmic vending machine that we walk by until we need something.
Jesus said it this way in Matthew 6:33 (NIV)
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Sadly, too often we only pray when we need something from God. We’re not seeking God. There’s no evidence that we love Him.
Our prayers are ignited by a spark of need instead of a continuous relationship.
His will or Your want?
1 John 5:14(NIV) This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
Are you asking for something that is in line with God will?
John lets us know that our prayer should be aligned with His will, not our want.
And the only way to be aligned with His will is to be in constant relationship with Him to know what that is.
Solomon could have asked for anything but he chose to ask for wisdom and discernment to lead God’s people and God loved that request. It demonstrated a heart that loved God and wanted to please Him.
So not only does God give him what he asks for but so much more.
We Love Him and Seek His will
Our prayers should come from a heart that is overflowing with Love for Him, not His gifts. We seek His will because the love we have for Him provokes us to want to please Him.
And like a good father that He is, He provides for us with what we need more often than not with more than we ever deserved (James 1:17).