Psalm 72 is a prayer for Solomon. God appeared to Solomon (the author of many of the proverbs), in a dream and said, “Ask whatever you want, and I will give it to you.”
Ask your kids around the dinner table or while driving:
If you could have one wish, what would it be?
Solomon’s one wish was for wisdom—wisdom to rule over the people of Israel. God was so pleased that he had asked for this one thing—the best thing (rather than long life, riches, or his enemies destroyed), that He gave Solomon wisdom like no one ever had or will ever have. He also promised Solomon riches, honor, and a long life IF he was obedient (1 Kings 3:5-14).
Brainstorm situations where kids will need to make a choice (lost lunch money; need to do book report but friend wants you to go to ballgame; friends want you to watch a movie your parents have prohibited; teacher leaves the room and tells class to finish assignment; you get $25 for your birthday; you have three hours of free time; etc.).
After reading each situation, ask: What is the wise thing to do?
Wisdom is defined as not only knowing the right way but choosing to follow it. It is important to know the wise thing, but it is just as important to DO it.
Pray for yourself and your children to have wisdom:
• Ask God for wisdom—He loves to give it! (James 1:5)
• Pray that God will instruct them in the right way and they will listen. (Psalm 32:8-9)
• Pray that they will trust in God and not depend on their own wisdom. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
• Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide them in truth. (John 16:13)
• Pray that God will bring wise people into their lives and they will accept correction. (Proverbs 19:20)