Solomon’s situation certainly was interesting. After all, he had, in a sense, fought out his brother to take the place of king over the nation of Israel. And he was a young man. He would be ruling over those who were much older and who had much more knowledge and experience than he. So what would he need to be a successful ruler? He decided that wisdom was the answer to that question.
In the quiet moments when Solomon was thinking over his future as the king of Israel, he decided that the most important thing he could ask the Lord for was wisdom. He could have asked for a lot of things: to be well known, to be successful, to be respected, to be wealthy, or even to have all of the right answers. But none of those requests seemed sufficient.
If only we could learn such a prayer, too. In those moments when we don't know what to do or when there are multiple paths that we could take. When we're sitting in the counsel of people far beyond us in years and in experience. Lord, give me wisdom. Wisdom trumps all other requests as the Lord promises to give it generously if we seek it. The real issue, then, is whether or not we will humbly admit that we need it.