I am but a little child…. Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people. 1 Kings 3:7, 9.
The language used by Solomon while praying to God before the ancient altar at Gibeon reveals his humility and his strong desire to honor God. He realized that without divine aid he was as helpless as a little child to fulfill the responsibilities resting on him. He knew that he lacked discernment, and it was a sense of his great need that led him to seek God for wisdom. In his heart there was no selfish aspiration for a knowledge that would exalt him above others. He desired to discharge faithfully the duties devolving upon him, and he chose the gift that would be the means of causing his reign to bring glory to God. Solomon was never so rich or so wise or so truly great as when he confessed, “I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.”
Those who today occupy positions of trust should seek to learn the lesson taught by Solomon’s prayer. The higher the position a man occupies, the greater the responsibility that he has to bear, the wider will be the influence that he exerts and the greater his need of dependence on God. Ever should he remember that with the call to work comes the call to walk circumspectly before his fellow men. He is to stand before God in the attitude of a learner. Position does not give holiness of character. It is by honoring God and obeying His commands that a man is made truly great.
Our petitions to God should not proceed from hearts that are filled with selfish aspirations. God exhorts us to choose those gifts that will redound to His glory. He would have us choose the heavenly instead of the earthly. He throws open before us the possibilities and advantages of a heavenly commerce. He gives encouragement to our loftiest aims, security to our choicest treasure. When the worldly possession is swept away, the believer will rejoice in his heavenly treasure, the riches that cannot be lost in any earthly disaster.
Conflict and Courage p. 189
——Please pray for John an Katie. he has cancer an his wife is besides. they say his cancer is in remission. thanks M.
—–l just want to kindly ask you to pray for my mothers health . Kiara
—–Please, I need a special request of prayers. My daughter is a special child with special needs. She was badly bully at school and she’s been home for the past 3 years and we are going to a school to see if she can start in January or February. It’s been really hard for me as a parent to see my daughter like this and without no friends that she can interact. God has always been in control and I had learn to let go and let God to do his will. Thank all and God blessed you too. My daughter name is Rachel. Iris
——PLEASE PRAY for my daughter to get her boys back. This is a terrible situation brought on by her …ex husband because he doesn’t want to pay child support. TC
When Ron was about 14, he and his family went camping by a lake. They spent a lot of time enjoying the water. While he and his brothers and sisters were having fun dunking and splashing each other, he noticed a child who was unable to swim and had gotten out over his head. The boy was panic-stricken and was flailing his arms around but still going under. Going rapidly to where this boy was, Ron pulled him to safety. That little boy was filled with gratitude to Ron for rescuing him and from that moment followed Ron wherever he went.
We are also drowning—drowning in our own sins. Like David we cry, “For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.” Psa 38:4 Our sins and iniquities overwhelm us and we long to be delivered, but we are helpless: we cannot save ourselves.
Praise God! We have a Rescuer! We have a Redeemer Who is “longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Rom 5:8 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:16.17 “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way, and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isa 53:4-6
Our Dear Saviour has rescued us from a life of misery and woe ending in certain death. How thankful we should be! How continuously we should follow Him with love and gratitude welling up within us for what He has done for us. He should be our whole focus. He should receive our best and most fervent love. John says, “We love him, because he first loved us.” “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” 1John 4:19, 5:3,4
Our Great Redeemer longs for us to have this love for Him. “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” Deut 6:5 With tears, His Great Heart of Love yearns over us wanting to be our Companion, our Good Shepherd, our All in All. Seeing His great love for us, how joyfully we should do His will. We cannot work our way to Heaven. Our Dear Saviour has paid the price. “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works.” James 2:17,18
May our hearts be filled with such love and gratitude for His saving grace that we will joyfully obey Him is my prayer.