I was struck by this humble prayer I read this morning from a young leader, responsible for God's people, who knew he was in way over his head.
As a pastor of God's people I can relate.
“Now, O Lord my God, you have made me king instead of my father, David, but I am like a little child who doesn’t know his way around. And here I am in the midst of your own chosen people, a nation so great and numerous they cannot be counted!
Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?” (King Solomon, 1 Kings 3:7-9, New Living Translation)
The best part is our Father's response:
The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom. So God replied, “Because you have asked for wisdom in governing my people with justice and have not asked for a long life or wealth or the death of your enemies—
I will give you what you asked for!
I will give you a wise and understanding heart..." (1 Kings 3:10-12a, NLT)
The glorious thing about prayers in the Bible is they are a model for us today. Therefore, may we go to our Father with the same humility, as pastors, asking for wisdom.
And may he supply without restraint.