What Will I Ask For?
In that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask what I shall give you.” (2 Chronicles 1:7 ESV)
I’m always amazed when God clearly speaks to me. This morning as I was working my way through my Bible reading plan for the day, in four different places the same theme emerged. It was the opportunity to ask God for something.
In Solomon’s case, he had just taken over as king from his father David. As he began his reign, God appeared to him and said, “Ask what I shall give you.” What is it that you want from me?
Solomon could have asked for anything – increased wealth, greater prestige, an enduring legacy. But in his case, he asked for increased wisdom and knowledge. “Give me now wisdom and knowledge to go out and come in before this people, for who can govern this people of yours, which is so great?” (verse 10).
Back in Genesis, we find Isaac in prayer before God on behalf of his childless wife Rebekah. What did he ask of God? “And Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren. And the Lord granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived.” (Genesis 25:21)
Then there was the encounter with Jesus and the blind man on the road to Jericho. When the blind man cried out to Jesus, “Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to him. And when he came near, he asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Luke 18:40-41a) The blind man asked Jesus for the ability to see.
As I reflected on those three stories, I began to wonder: if God came to me and said, “Ask me for anything. What do you want me to do for you?” how would I respond? Would I give into the temptation of greed and ask God for more money? Would I ask for greater prestige or influence?
Or perhaps it would be a request for others? A prayer for a loved one’s physical healing. A plea for the salvation of a neighbour. A passionate request for spiritual revival for a friend. Any of these would be noble requests.
But as I turned to Psalm 27, I was struck with a simple but profound answer. In this Psalm, David wrote in verse 4:
One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after:that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.
The one thing David asked of God was to have a greater experience of His presence and to be able to see with fresh eyes the beauty of the Lord.
Why would he ask for that one thing? Because it changes everything!
When I see God for who He truly is, when I’m captivated by His beauty, and overwhelmed by His presence, then everything else begins to find its proper place. The idols of my heart begin to crash and fall. The sin that clings so close at times is more easily cast off. I take another step forward in becoming like Jesus and experiencing His Kingdom in my life. Isn’t that exactly what I’m after?
So what will I ask for from Jesus? What is it that I want from Him today? Very simply, more of Him!
May it be so, by God’s grace.