And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?” 1 Kings 3:7-9
Solomon was told to ask for anything and the one thing he asked for was wisdom. He was humble enough to realize the task of leadership was too great for him to bear alone and asked God for the wisdom and understanding in order to rule God’s people Israel. Think about the last prayer you prayed to God; what did you ask for?
Parents, are we asking for wisdom to make good decision as we raise children? Do we ask God to lead us into better parenting?
Pastors, how do you pray for your church? Are we following Christ into better leadership, or asking for more people/finances/buildings/ministries to lead?
Whether you are teaching a Sunday school class with 5 members or running a Fortune 500 company (or anything in between) we have been called to a work that we cannot do on our own. We are not to depend on our own strength or understanding (according to Proverbs, written by our guy Solomon) but to trust in the Lord and acknowledge him. God calls us to tasks that are too big for us to handle, so that we when we call on him and he handles them we will give him the honor and glory.