1 Kings 3
“Hello, Mary? I need a listening ear. Do you have time?”
Haltingly, I poured out my disappointment and sorrow about a problem that had been plaguing me for days. Mary made sympathetic noises, offered a few corrective comments, and promised to pray. The situation went unchanged. Yet, as the day progressed, I felt the cloud of sadness lift. I knew Mary was praying. And God, in his generosity, was granting the requests of her prayer.
Why had I chosen Mary—because she was approachable? Partly. But more because I knew her spiritual walk. It was carefully metered by Christlike patterns. And because she was comfortable with prayer, her prayers were specific and to the point. Like her spiritual walk, her prayers seemed closely matched to God's values.
Group Discussion. If you wanted someone to pray for you, who would you call? Why would you choose that person?
Personal Reflection. Take a quick mental assessment of your current practice of prayer. How would you grade yourself: A, B, C, or D? Why?
The first day of school, the first line of a sermon, the first page of a book—first impressions are important. Read 1 Kings 3:1-15.
Think of one person who particularly needs a discerning mind right now. Pray one or two sentences asking God’s help for that person.
Now or Later
Before God, consider one of your own responsibilities that seems beyond your capability, and ask God for “a wise and discerning heart.”