13 And I will also give you what you did not ask for—riches and fame! No other king in all the world will be compared to you for the rest of your life! — 1 Kings 3:13 NLT
1 Kings 3:5-14 NLT When we go before the Lord to pray, do we jump right into our lists of things that we “need” and/or want or do we first acknowledge who God is? Do we allow Him to influence our prayers in any way? Do we truly pray that His will be done in our lives or are we more concerned that God should answer our prayers the way we want them to be answered and when we want them to be answered? Do we ever consider what God might want us to ask Him to give us? Do we often pray prayers that actually grieve the Holy Spirit because we don’t allow Him to help us pray? It might be helpful right after we have prayed to think back through what we have just asked God to do for us. Do we pray prayers that have eternal consequences for all of God’s Kingdom or are our prayers just about us and our present situation? We should bring our specific requests before God at all times, but our prayers should not always be limited to “we four and no more”. God says no to our requests when we “ask amiss”. When we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us in our prayer times, we can be sure that God will be pleased with our prayers as well. When He is pleased with our requests, He answers “Yes” to those requests and adds bonuses that we did not even consider or imagine. When we pray, our focus needs to be upward and outward as well as inward.
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous
Peter and John had been out doing what they had seen Jesus doing. They were teaching the people about Jesus Christ and how He was raised after 3 days. They were having such an impact on the crowds that thousands of people were being saved. The High Priest, Sadducees, and elders were concerned because of the effectiveness of their teachings, so they confronted them and had them arrested. The next morning, Peter and John stood before the council and answered questions concerning their actions. When asked about the man that had been healed, Peter answered with these words: 10 Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead. 11 For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says, “the stone that you builders rejected has now become the cornerstone” .12 There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved. 13 The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.–Acts 4:10-13 (NLT)
Focus on the last part of verse 13: “They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus”. Could anyone be paid a higher compliment than that? Can people tell by our lifestyles that we have been with Jesus? What an honor it would be for someone to make such a comment about us. I can not imagine any reward, award, any office, fame of any sort, or any amount of money that could even come close.