Wondrous Things, Part II

Related Posts: Wondrous Things, Part I

In Part I of this post, I listened to an uplifting message about asking big! It was delivered by a well-known pastor whose congregation boasts fifty thousand.

“God will move heaven and earth to bring about his destiny in your life!” proclaimed the pastor.

The pastor encouraged us to ASK BIG like Solomon did in Psalms 72, when he asked YHVH…

“…to make him well-known, that his fame would spread throughout the land, that wealth and honor of other nations would be brought to him, that kings and queens would bow down before him.”

In Part I of this post, we saw that the pastor is mistaken. Solomon did not ask for wealth, honor and influence. Solomon asked for wisdom. (2 Chronicles 1:7-12 and 1 Kings 3:5-14).

Psalms 72 is not the prayer of Solomon. It is the prayer of Solomon’s dad, King David!

Give the king [David] your justice, O Elohiym, and your righteousness to a king’s son [Solomon].
20 The prayers of David son of Jesse are ended.
Psalms 72:1, 20

King David prayed that YHVH would grant his son these wondrous things!

This was exactly what I needed to hear that morning!

You see, I started the day consumed with myself. I sought the pastor because he is known for uplifting messages and I needed encouragement. Here’s what I learned, prompted by the pastor’s error but elucidated through the word of YHVH:

Pray big, specific, wondrous blessings for your children

When is the last time you prayed–not just hoped for, but literally prayed–big and wondrous blessings for your children? I pray often, but never have I prayed for my children like David in Psalm 72. ASK BIG for the people in your life today. Be specific and withhold no good thing.

Share your big, specific, wondrous prayers with your children

Solomon knew the prayers of his father. And as Solomon matured, his father’s prayers became his own. We know this because when YHVH appeared to Solomon and asked what he wanted, Solomon replied:

O Sovereign YHVH, let your promise to my father David now be fulfilled, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth. 
2 Chronicles 1:9

Let your children hear the hopes you have for them. Let them hear you ask YHVH for big, specific, wondrous things on their behalf. As the seed of your prayer grows within them, they will want the same things. They will learn to pray big, specific, wondrous prayers for their children. And their children will learn to do the same.

Extend your big, specific, wondrous prayers to the needs of others

Both David and Solomon desired to use their status and influence to bless the disenfranchised. I quote the pastor’s eloquent words, “to help the widows, take care of the orphans, to bring justice to the oppressed and to give a voice to those who don’t have any voice.” A wondrous prayer is bigger than you and your household.

What impact do you want your children to have on others? How much fruit do you want them bear?

Bless the name of who alone does wondrous things

When you pray your big, specific wondrous prayers, remember who alone does these things! YHVH is His glorious name and his glory fills the whole earth!

Blessed be YHVH, the Elohiym of Israel,
    who alone does wondrous things.
Blessed be his glorious name forever;
    may his glory fill the whole earth.
Amen and Amen.
Psalms 72:18-19

Verify everything

When the famous pastor preached that Solomon prayed Psalms 72, my spirit questioned it. I couldn’t wait to open my Bible to verify his teaching. Preaching an inspirational message before an audience of fifty thousand does not make that message Biblically accurate. If only the pastor had read the first or the last verse of the chapter he would know that David, not Solomon, prayed this prayer. Thankfully the pastor’s error is not faith-threatening… but what if it were?

Had I not verified this teaching, I would be stuck in my self-centered thoughts. I would have mistaken King David’s example of asking big for my children as a inward-focused prayer that I should model.

What message is your spirit questioning? 

Don’t take the pastor’s word for it. Don’t take my word for it. Read your Bible with eyes wide open and pray that truth and understanding be revealed to you.