BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int'l Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
SATURDAY OCTOBER 12, 2019.
TEXT: 1 Kings 3: 3-12
KEY VERSE: 1 Kings 4:29 And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore.
Solomon had this great privilege and you also have this great privilege! He had offered a thousand burnt offerings! I do not think anybody had offered anything like that to God before.
No one could have done something like that – a thousand animals offered and burnt before God! It cost a lot, yes, Solomon served the Lord in such a costly way because he loved the Lord. The Bible says, “And Solomon loved the Lord.”
So when that special dedication happened, it touched the heart of God in heaven and He came and spoke to Solomon saying, “Ask what I shall give thee.” What an open door! If God comes today and says, “Church, ask what I shall give thee,” what will you ask as a Church?
If the Lord now talks to you personally just like He did to Solomon (you love God; you are consecrated to serving God; you are dedicated to serving God) and says, “My child, ask what I shall give thee.” What will you ask?
That was the privilege Solomon had, and Solomon got a great thing: wisdom that surpassed the wisdom of men who had lived before and after him. That is the wisdom he got by this open door and He got it from the Lord.
Therefore, do not take this opportunity of asking God a casual thing. It is a unique opportunity. Ask and He shall give thee. Some people are able to pray but still do not receive because they are carnal in their request. What they are looking for is to promote themselves or to advance themselves.
So, God is saying, “Your prayer is carnal, therefore, I cannot answer you.”He is saying, “Ah, these people are still worldly and when they ask Me for anything in this state they cannot have it.” If you are worldly, and unstable in heart, know that “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. Let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord” - James 1:7, 8.
There are many good things God has for you as a person. There are many good things that God has for the world, for our brothers and sisters, and for our neighbors. If we are concerned, if we love ourselves and love others, if we have love for sinners, we will take up prayer as a duty. God wants us to be a blessing to others through prayer.
Thought for the day:
Solomon had this great privilege and you also have this great privilege
Song for the day: Who has the final say? Jehovah has the final say
Bible reading for the day:
Isaiah 48-49; Colossians 4
PASTOR PAUL RIKA