Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on August 11, 2015.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, give us understanding that we may be able discern good and evil in our lives. Amen.
Reading: 1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: What do you pray for? Health for a family member? The good outcome of a tenuous situation for a friend? Well here sits a child praying for understanding to lead and govern a whole people. Solomon began his ministry as a child, needing the help of others to guide him. He could have gone only to those advisors but he didn't. He went to the greatest advisor he had and we have. He went to God.
Yet the amazing thing here is that he didn't ask for the selfish things like comfort and riches for himself. Instead he asked for the wisdom and understanding to guide. Then he received so much more, that being long life. Solomon did the faithful thing of asking for the power to help others. So how are our prayers focused on others rather than ourselves? How are we asking wisely to receive understanding so others may see God through us? --Peter Horn
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