Sunday, May 17

A blank check and a wise prayer

Scripture: 1 Kings 3, 2 Chronicles 1, Psalm 78, 2 Thessalonians 2

2 Chronicles 1:10 “Give me the wisdom and knowledge to lead them properly, for who could possibly govern this great people of yours?”

Observation

God gave Solomon a blank check: “What do you want?  Ask and I’ll give it to you.”  

What would you ask?

Solomon asked for the wisdom and knowledge to lead well.  God was pleased with his request, and gave him what he asked in spades, and more besides: riches, fame, power.  

Application

Two applications.

First, what would you ask God if He gave you a blank check like this?  

Last year, we challenged some of our leaders to dream what they would do with $5 million if God dumped it in our laps.  My point was, “Why would God give us those kinds of resources if we had no idea what to do with it?  Dream big for God!”  Our failure to dream keeps us from making big requests of God.  Many of us wouldn’t know what to ask if God made us an offer like this.

What would you ask?  Do you have some big dreams?  Some people or issues about which you are deeply concerned?  Some responsibility that weighs heavily upon you?  I encourage you to take some time to pray today and consider what you would ask God if you could ask for anything!

Second, this ought to be every leader’s prayer!  

I want to lead our church well, lead our staff well, lead well in this pastoral transition, lead well in our community and denomination, and lead well in this disruptive time we’re in.  Lord, give me wisdom and knowledge to lead well!  Any leader who is not praying for this is too confident in his/her own wisdom, and is missing out on God’s.  

James 1:5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.

I need it.  Anyone who leads needs it.  So pray for me, pray for our leaders, and ask for it for yourself as well for whatever you’re leading: your business, your family, and most importantly, yourself!

Prayer: Lord, give me wisdom and knowledge to lead well!