1 Kings 3:9
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.
King Solomon knew that he had the ear of the Lord and whatsoever he prayed would be granted, and rather than praying a selfish prayer ~ long life, great riches, strength in war ~ he prayed for wisdom in leading God’s people. How many of us would have used our “in” with God for such selfless purposes?
Being a mother can sometimes make you feel like you’re ruling over a small nation and, boy, do you need wisdom! I remember when my kids were little, sometimes they’d come to me and tell me they were sick and couldn’t go to school because of a headache or an upset stomach, so I just stand there staring at them blankly. There were times when I honestly couldn’t tell if they were telling the truth or just trying to get out of going to school, so I’d call my husband and ask his opinion. As my children grew older, I started to realize I couldn’t call on my husband to help me make every decision, I needed God to sharpen my parenting senses. So I prayed that God would grant me the power of discernment with my children, so I’d know when they were really ill or simply wanted to play hooky from school.
Lord, thank You for the example set by King Solomon who chose wisdom above all else in Your kingdom. And though I do not rule over a nation as he did or guide a country as our president does, I thank You for giving me the wisdom to raise and nurture my children to become responsible young adults. And as they get older and prepare to spread their wings, I ask that You give them the wisdom to know right from wrong and good from evil. Finally, I ask that You give me the wisdom to know when to let them go and when to hold them tight.