In Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, “Huck” talks of some of his early religious training at the hands of “Miss Watson”: “Miss Watson she took me in the closet and prayed, but nothing come of it. She told me to pray every day, and whatever I asked for I would get it. But it warn’t so. I tried it. Once I got a fishline, but no hooks. It warn’t any good to me without hooks. I tried for the hooks three or four times, but somehow I couldn’t make it work. By-and-by, one day, I asked Miss Watson to try for me, but she said I was a fool. She never told me why, and I couldn’t make it out no way.”1
In our Bible Lesson, King Solomon showed a little more wisdom (on this occasion anyway) than did Huck. The Lord said to Solomon, “Ask what I should give you” (1 Kings 3:5). Solomon did not ask for long life, riches, or the lives of his enemies. Instead he asked for the wisdom to govern the people justly. The result was that God gave Solomon not only the wisdom he sought but also riches, honor, and long life.