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Does God want us to ask him for whatever we want?

That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” 2 Chronicles 1:7
            Yes, God doesn’t mind us asking, but be careful what you ask for.
            God asked Solomon what he wanted as Solomon embarked on being the new king of Israel.  Solomon asked for wisdom and got it.  Solomon used that wisdom for a long time, then did some stupid stuff as he built an empire and justified his actions.  He created turmoil and mismanaged his wisdom.
            God won’t give you whatever you want, but he’s open for you to ask. 
            God’s answer may be a challenge that forces us to stretch ourselves in order to discover what we wanted on our own.  Or, to realize what we truly need.  We always want the shortcut but God sees a better way.