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Do You Know What You Want?

Sermon Notes by Pastor Dr. Shana Wise



2 Chronicles 1:1-12


1 Now Solomon the son of David was strengthened in his kingdom, and the Lord his God was with him and exalted him exceedingly. 2 And Solomon spoke to all Israel, to the captains of thousands and of hundreds, to the judges, and to every leader in all Israel, the heads of the fathers’ houses.3 Then Solomon, and all the assembly with him, went to the high place that was at Gibeon; for the tabernacle of meeting with God was there, which Moses the servant of the Lord had made in the wilderness. 4 But David had brought up the ark of God from Kirjath Jearim to the place David had prepared for it, for he had pitched a tent for it at Jerusalem. 5 Now the bronze altar that Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, had made, he put before the tabernacle of the Lord; Solomon and the assembly sought Him there. 6 And Solomon went up there to the bronze altar before the Lord, which was at the tabernacle of meeting, and offered a thousand burnt offerings on it.


·      Intentional worship leads to an encounter with God.


7 On that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask! What shall I give you?”

8 And Solomon said to God: “You have shown great mercy to David my father and have made me king in his place. 9 Now, O Lord God, let Your promise to David my father be established, for You have made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude. 10 Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?”


·      Worship will put things in perspective. We go into worship one way, but once we enter God’s presence, our position changes. Meaning, our focus is more on the spiritual than the flesh. We will ask for things eternal and not temporary.

·      Spiritual maturity will cause us to seek things we need more than we want.

·      In verse 9, Solomon recognized that prophecy was being fulfilled through him. David’s prayer was for Solomon to be king, and God made it come to pass. Now was the moment for the asking…..what would Solomon ask for during this divine moment? What will you ask for once it's time for your prayer request to manifest?

·      Solomon was the son of King David. He experienced life in the palace and all the luxuries that came with that. At this point in the text, he could have asked for more of what he already had, but he knew he needed something that money could not buy. He knew he needed wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to be the next king of Israel. He wanted to be a righteous leader like his father.


11 Then God said to Solomon: “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life—but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king— 12 wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like.”


·      King Solomon experienced James 1:5 and 3:17 in his asking…..

·      James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

·      James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. 

·      This passage of scripture should make us re-examine our prayer request to God. For some of us, we need to stop asking and start worshipping in spirit and truth. For others of us, we need to see beyond our current situation and seek wisdom from above so that we can see what God sees.

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About the Author

Dr. Shana Wise is an ordained Pastor who founded and oversees Wise Choice Ministries with her husband Pastor Ron Wise. She is also the CEO and founder of The Well Christian Women’s Network. Dr. Wise is the author of Women’s Devotionals Acts of Intercession and Chief Women Arise, The Impact of Your Election, and the Basic Ministry Training Manual (all available on Amazon). She received a Doctor of Divinity degree in 2019 from St. Thomas Christian University. Her passion is to teach and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, equip others to apply the Word to their lives and demonstrate it through the power of the Holy Spirit. She is a televangelist who appears on social media outlets. Shana is married and has four children.


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