“The Lord was pleased that Solomon had
asked for this.”
1 Kings 3:10
Are all our prayers equally pleasing to God, or are some more pleasing to him than others?
The Lord was pleased that, instead of asking for longevity or wealth, Solomon prayed for a
discerning heart so that he could better judge the people. Can we infer from
this that unselfish prayers are more acceptable to God than self-centered
There are two parts in the Lord’s Prayer - one is the petition for God’s kingdom and the
other is prayer for personal needs, and I presume both are equally acceptable
Certainly uttering a prayer to the Almighty isn’t a show of strength; it’s an expression
of weakness. Therefore, it’s pleasing to God no matter what the content of our
prayer is, isn’t?
We should not be reluctant in any way to bring requests of any kind before the throne of
grace. Sincere and heart-felt prayers are the ones that please the Lord the
most. It seems silly to me that we spiritualize our prayers and deem some more
acceptable than others.
What if Solomon had only asked for wealth and long life in his prayer? Would the Lord have
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,” said the Lord Jesus. There
seemed to be a tender spot in the Lord Jesus’ heart for children and we may
assume that he was very much interested in their prayers.
I think it’s safe to assume that the majority of children’s prayers are centered on their
needs. They have to grow into adults before they start to pray for the advancement
God’s kingdom in this world.
I doubt the Lord goes so far as to classify the prayers we offer to him regularly; they
are, however, indications of where we stand spiritually, and it pleases the
Lord if he realizes that we are making a progress as Christians.
My children have long ceased asking for money from us and their requests for us, if any at
all, seem to define our current relationship.
“Mom, you must retire or at least work part time,” they told my wife.
“Dad, it’s time for you to have an annual physical,” they urged me.
“Hey, I really like Tim Keller’s message,” Michael said over the phone.
“Do you like my girl friend?” William asked after we met his date for the first time.
It may surprise me if they ask for money from us like they used to do, since they are
financially independent, but I don’t think it would offend me a bit and I would
do all I could to meet their needs. I guess this illustrates the theme of this
essay somewhat. As we become more mature spiritually, the content of our prayers
may change as well.