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Summary: Solomon’s prayer in 2 Chronicles 1.6-13 as a model for our prayers of guidance

I. Obedience and Sacrifice precede Wisdom and Guidance (vs. 6)

- we may withold tithes, service, participation, etc. until God does something

- when we give these things to God, He will then guide us (vs. 7)

- while God may not appear in the middle of the night to ask us what we want, He will guide us if we only ask Him; "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." (Matt. 7.7)

II. God should be our ultimate source of Wisdom and Guidance (vs. 8 & 9)

- Solomon understood that God was the reason for his father’s success

- Solomon also realizes the God is responsible for where he is, and recognizes that his own success is dependent on doing what God wants him to do

- If we want guidance in our lives, we should go to the source; "But if any of you lacks wisdom, then ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to you." (James 1 (quickview) .5)

III. We should always seek Wisdom and Guidance for doing God’s Work (vs. 10)

- There were many areas Solomon might have asked for guidance in: finances, military endeavors, relationships, etc., but his primary concern was help in doing what God wanted him to do

- Because Solomon put God’s work first in his life, he was blessed in all other areas (vs. 11-13); see Matt. 6.33

- We need to constantly check our motives when we ask God for something; "You ask and you do not receive, because you ask with the wrong motives . . .(James 4 (quickview) .3a)

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