This story is featured in a collection of Bible stories for kids called Pray without Ceasing: Bible Stories for Kids about Prayer.
1 Kings 3:3–15; 2 Chronicles 1:1–13
King Solomon was the son of David and a great king over Israel. He was known especially for his great wisdom, which was a gift from God.
As you read this story, pay attention to what God promises to King Solomon after he prays for wisdom.
King Solomon went to Gibeon to offer a sacrifice to the Lord. God appeared to him in a dream there and said, “Ask what I should give to you. I will grant you whatever you ask.”
Solomon answered in prayer, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David. He was faithful to you and righteous. And now, Lord, you have made me, your servant, king in place of my father. I am still so young. There is so much for me to learn. There are so many people that I am to rule over as your servant.”
Solomon paused for a moment, thinking about what he should ask for from the Lord. Then he prayed, “Give your servant wisdom to govern your people and discern between good and evil.”
God was pleased with this prayer. “Because you have asked for wisdom,” he said, “and not for a long life, great wealth, or the death of your enemies, I will answer your prayer. I give you a wise and discerning mind like no one before you or after you. I will also give the things you have not asked for. I will give you wealth and honor all of your life. And if you walk in my ways and keep my commandments, I will also give you long life.”
Solomon woke up and returned to Jerusalem to pray in thanksgiving to God for these many gifts.
- Why did Solomon ask for wisdom from God?
- If God told you he would give you anything you asked for, what would you ask of him?
- What are some of the gifts that God has already given to you? How can you show him gratitude for these gifts?
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