Solomon’s Prayer for Wisdom

Solomon’s Prayer for Wisdom

A Guide for Our Own Prayers

If God said to you, ask for ‘WHATEVER’ you want Me to give you. Would you ask for a long list of things and stuff? Are you speechless and unsure of what to say? Do you ask for something that benefits others and yourself? Though it’s almost unimaginable that God made that offer to someone, He did. God did say this to a young man named Solomon who became King after his father David.

Read 1 Kings 3:3-15, listen to Solomon’s response in 1 Kings 3:9. “Help me to have wisdom and recognize right from wrong,” is what Solomon asked of God. God then answered his prayer in an incredibly amazing way. Sometimes, many of us tend to ask God for what we want, not what we really need. There are times when we don’t know what to ask from God.

Solomon could have asked for anything! His prayer is a perfect example for us to follow. He asked for wisdom and the ability to recognize the difference between right and wrong. We can do that too. Because the differences between these two are often twisted and confused, we need God’s help. He is Allwise, and His Word/truth never changes.

Let’s make Solomon’s prayer for wisdom and understanding our own. Go ahead, ‘PRAY’ for wisdom and understanding concerning your family, friends, and future. Now, ‘PRAISE’ for it!

Pray this way:

LORD, give me – 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?

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Penelope White

Penelope Allen White is a wife, mother of two young adult sons, and grandmother. Her passion is for all children and people to have an intimate knowledge of God. She works as a Christian educator, speaker, church school curriculum writer and teacher, workshop facilitator, middle school counselor, and neighborhood tutor. Despite her busy schedule, she still finds time to enjoy a game of hopscotch!


  1. Tamara Maxine Henry
    Aug 13, 2023

    Wonderful. You show how relevant the Bible is today, especially to our budding leaders. Tamara

  2. Vivian Abercrombie
    Aug 19, 2023

    Thanks Sis. White for reminding us of Solomon’s prayer. Vivian Abercrombie

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