“Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours? 1 Kings 3:7-9
Considered the wisest man who ever lived, Solomon prayed this prayer for wisdom.
Now, we could never get to the same level of wisdom Solomon had based on our circumstances, but we can certainly pray to the same God Solomon prayed to.
In his prayer, he exhibits humility and a hunger for wisdom.
What does that hunger for wisdom look like?
Well, part of it’s related to the humility because you can’t go to God asking for something so intangible as wisdom without a hint of humility. You have to acknowledge that you don’t have all the answers. You may not even know all the questions.
I think you also have to be able to accept His answer for wisdom because it could go against conventional wisdom and logic. In other words, it might not make sense at the time.
I suspect someone also must be willing to step out in faith when called upon.
The Bible is filled with passages on seeking and finding wisdom.
Praying for wisdom is certainly a prayer you can pray in any situation with anyone at any time because we all need wisdom all day long. In fact, I can’t think of a situation we don’t need the wisdom of God.