1 Kings 3:5 At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, "Ask what I shall give you."
Long ago in the days before air conditioning, on hot August summer nights, children might sleep outside, and fall asleep watching the stars. Under the August night, it often happened that you could see shooting stars, and children used to pretend that if you saw a shooting star, you got to make a wish. Some of the stories are still the same, Tales of the Arabian Nights, Alla Baba and the 40 Thieves, and Aladdin and His Lamp, the stuff that fired imagination and dreams, and it used to be that children would talk about what they would do if they got 3 wishes, what would they wish for? The interesting thing is that when children really think about what they would wish for, they end up wishing for some pretty wise things, things like no more fighting, everyone happy, no one sick. What makes it really interesting is that if you rolled up all the good wishes into one package, youíd have a pretty good description of heaven.
These days, I often hear people wondering what they might do, if they were to win the lottery. Somehow thatís not the same, for there are a lot of things that you simply canít get with money. You see, as important as money may seem, it is rarely the real answer for the problems we face in life. We all know that money canít buy happiness, or love, or peace, or health or a ticket to heaven. I often wonder how money got to be at the center of life, a place which God fills so much better.
So the question of our text, is a real question for us, even today. If God came to us, and said: "Ask what I shall give you." what would we reply? What would we really want? Wealth, Long Life, Revenge? These are some of the things that people ask for, Hezekiah, king of Judah, asked God to lengthen his days, but it was not a good thing, he saw evil that God would have spared him. If God came to you, and said to you: "Ask what I shall give you." What would you say?
Its not a far fetched question, Have we not learned:Matt 7:7-8 "Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened."
John 14:13Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son;
John 15:7If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.
John 16:24Hitherto you have asked nothing in my name; ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all men generously and without reproaching, and it will be given him.
1John 5:14 And this is the confidence which we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.
These are the promises of God, our by grace through faith in Jesus Christ our Lord. What would you ask for? There is no better model than the Lordís Prayer, for our first concern is Godís Name, Godís Kingdom and Godís Will, and our prayer is quite simply that we may always be on his side, never an obstacle, but by His grace, an aide. Then we pray for daily bread, that is the things we need now, and our prayer here is that we might receive what each day brings with thanksgiving and gratitude. And finally we pray for deliverance from those things which seek to harm us, our sins, temptation, and evil, and not just for ourselves, but for all people.
I donít know what you might ask for, but when I pray I ask that God would us all those things that we need each day, that in all things we might cheerfully do His Will, and that we might be thankful for this grace which is poured out upon us through the merit of Jesus Christ our Lord. In Him we stand, forgiven, redeemed, and sanctified, to the praise of God for his boundless love and mercy. You see, because we can always pray, and because God always hears us, its not just one wish, but rather a promise of many good and gracious gifts, all this and more is ours in Jesus Christ our Lord.