A key step in Ignatian prayer is the identification of our deepest desires and naming of a specific grace that we seek from God. Naming our deepest desires requires discernment, honesty, and boldness in prayer. In the first reading from the First Book of Kings, God commended King Solomon for asking for the grace of discerning right from wrong and the wisdom to govern Israel wisely. Solomon did not ask for a long life, riches, or revenge over his enemies. No wonder we call him wise.
If you were to ask God for one and only one thing right now, what would it be? Be honest. Improved health? A long life? More money? An updated smartphone? The return of a prodigal son or daughter to the Church? Or the destruction of an enemy?
The Our Father contains something greater than the Wisdom of Solomon. There we pray first and foremost that God’s kingdom come, God’s will be done. Seek first the kingdom of God and all good things will be given to us at the proper time.
Lord, we beg you for the grace to ask wisely.
—Fr. Ed Witt, SJ, is a member of the Midwest Province and pastor of St. Isaac Jogues Church in Rapid City, SD. Last year the Lord granted his deepest desire that the Chicago Cubs win the World Series!