I have always loved the book of Proverbs.
When we read the book of Proverbs, we have the privilege of looking into the life of King Solomon. We get to read the words of a man, who had received an incredible gift from God.
The Lord had appeared to young King Solomon in a dream at Gibeon. (1Kings Chapter 3) God said, to Solomon, “Ask me what I shall give you.”
Or in other words, “whatever you ask for you will receive.”
We then have this incredible book written by a king, who as a young boy became king, and could have asked God for anything. However, what he chose to ask for was Godly wisdom. God said, “Because you have asked for wisdom you will receive it and so much more.”
This statement brings two scriptures to my mind. The first one is Matthew 21:22 (ESV) Jesus says, “Whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
Did you see it? God cares about whatever you care about. Or, like we say at my church, “God cares about your ‘Whatever!’”
His promise is, whatever you ask for, you will receive.
The second verse in the New Testament that comes to mind when I read about God giving wisdom to Solomon is Ephesians 3:20 (ESV), “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think according to his power that is at work within us.”
Just like Solomon, God is able to do abundantly more than we can ask for or think about or pray for.
God does not just want to answer your prayers. God’s heart is to do even more than you are asking him for.
Here is an interesting thought: how does God determine what he is going to do in your life? What God is going to do will be done according to the power of God that is at work with in you!
What determines the power of God that is within you? It is the measure of your faith that is within you that determines the power of God and how he will work within you.
We see this in John Chapter 6 at the feeding of the 5,000. The disciples wanted Jesus to send the people away so they could get something to eat.
In John 6 it says, when Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Phillip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?”
The Scripture continues to verse 6, “But he asked Phillip this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.”
Jesus wants you to trust him. It is your measure of faith that releases abundantly more than what you ask for, think about or pray for!
May you, your family and friends be blessed today because God cares about your “whatever,” and he already has in mind what he is going to do!
Dave Truncone is the pastor of First Assembly of God Church in Van Buren.