1 Kings 3:10-14

10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this.

11 So God said to him, "Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice,

12 I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.

13 Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for-both riches and so-so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings.

14 And if you walk in my ways and obey my statutes and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life." 

When we please God, He is very pleased! It is His nature to give us more than we ask for.  God valued the humility and selfless prayer of Solomon and gave him many bonuses.

In this world, it is sometimes difficult to be noticed or valued.  God takes great notice of those who honour Him and pray according to His desires and purposes. He not only rewards Solomon, he also gives him incentives to stay true.

Let’s think about what we’re saying when we pray and ask, “What does God want?”  That is sometimes different than what I want.  God help us to know the difference and pray according to His will.

James 1:
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

Wisdom is the ability to take knowledge and apply it to life’s situations.  You don’t have to have all the knowledge in order to be wise.  But wisdom will cause you to seek appropriate knowledge.

Pastor Ed Robinson said something that I have been musing on for days. He said, “I started out with knowledge and the Lord gave me wisdom. That led to my surrender which in turn opened up more knowledge and wisdom.”

How about you? Have you found wisdom that empowers your surrender?