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The Prayer of a Little Boy Named Solomon
And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. 7       And now, OLORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. 8       And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. 9       Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?
The Holy Bible: King James Version, Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version. (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009). 1 Ki 3:6–9.

Who could that be at this hour? William thought as he slipped on his house shoes. William flipped on the light in the living room and walked to the front door. With his hand on the deadbolt, he looked through the peep hole. When he recognized the man outside, he turned the deadbolt counterclockwise, and opened the door.

“Well hello, ‘John.’ ” William said. “Come in.” “Thanks, Preacher,” John said, “Sorry to come by so late, but I didn’t know where else to turn.

John’s wife, “Mabel” was an active member at William’s church, but not John. John was an alcoholic that would go on drinking binges for several months at a time. Mabel was always requesting prayer for John’s salvation, and the church was faithful to pray for him whenever they gathered.

William could smell liquor on John’s breath-he’d been drinking again, but this time, something was different. John talked a while and sobbed a while. He had hit the bottom, and was ready to turn to the Lord for help.

William listened. And wh…
April 23

Charles Wesley, 1707–1788
  I am the First and the Last, I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! (Revelation 1:17, 18)
What a glorious truth to ponder—Jesus is not the “Great I WAS” but rather the “Great I AM!” He is not only a historical fact but a present-day, living reality. The whole system of Christianity rests upon the truth that Jesus Christ rose from the grave and is now seated at the Father’s right hand as our personal advocate.
“Christ the Lord is Risen Today” has been one of the church’s most popular Easter hymns since it was first written by Charles Wesley just one year after his “heart-warming” experience at the Aldersgate Hall in London, England, in 1738. The first Wesleyan Chapel in London was a deserted iron foundry. It became known as the Foundry Meeting House. This hymn was written by Charles for the first service in that chapel.
Following his Aldersgate encounter with Christ, Charles began writ…