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December 21, 2016

Wisdom and Discernment

Solomon asked the Lord for wisdom. He could have asked him for many things—anything. He chose to ask for wisdom. This pleased the Lord and He gave Solomon many other things that he could have asked for. Solomon took the limitations off himself when he asked for the wisdom of God. Imagine the vastness of this wisdom. Imagine the depth of this wisdom. Imagine how one could lead if endowed with the wisdom of God!

“The Lord was pleased with his reply and was glad that Solomon had asked for wisdom. So he replied, ‘Because you have asked for wisdom in governing my people and haven’t asked for a long life, or riches for yourself, or the defeat of your enemies—yes, I’ll give you what you asked for! I will give you a wiser mind than anyone else has ever had or ever will have! And I will also give you what you didn’t ask for—riches and honor! And no one in all the world will be as rich and famous as you for the rest of your life! And I will give you a long life if you follow me and obey my laws as your father David did.’” (1 Kings 3:10-14; TLB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  1. Find scriptures on the wisdom of God and pray them into your own life, asking God to give you His wisdom.

  2. Intercede for our nation’s new leadership, especially for our President-elect Trump, and pray they would seek God for His wisdom, knowing that they cannot adequately govern without it.

  3. Repent for doing things in your own power, out of your own thoughts and mindset, and ask Him to change your heart, thoughts and life as He exchanges your limitations with His unlimited wisdom.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, I am encouraged when I think about how Solomon’s life changed when he asked You for wisdom, instead of other things he could have asked for. I will go to Your Word now and pray scriptures about Your wisdom over my life. Please grant me Your wisdom. Please grant this wisdom to our incoming government leaders. They will need to think differently. They will be limited, even with all the brilliance they have, unless You give them Your wisdom. They will need all that You can give them. Please forgive all of us for doing so much in our own strength, without seeking You, without asking You how and when. Remove our limitations, as You fill us with Your wisdom, Lord. Thank You, Jesus! Amen.

Today’s decree:

Our nation will move forward only as we reach out and ask and receive the gift of the unlimited wisdom of God!