Matthew 5:1-32, 1 Kings 3-5

1 Kings 3:7-9 – 7 “Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. 8 Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. 9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”

Lord God, I find myself in the same shoes as Solomon though I am hardly new at my calling.  I find myself as lost and as helpless as I was when I first took up my calling.  I find myself seeking as much wisdom, understanding, and insight now as when I first began.  In fact, I feel as though I know less now than when I first began.  Give me the ability to do my job well.  You have called me to it this calling (to pastor, to husband, to father, to be a friend, a neighbor, a counselor, etc.).  You have put me here and it was not an accident.  You have called me to this vocation and it was no purpose.  Give me the skills and the understanding that you want me to have so that I may do it well. Grant me wisdom from Spirit so that I might be able to take up these tasks ably and proficiently.  Give me wisdom and skill to do this work.  I can’t do it without you.  Amen.