1 Kings 3:6

"Solomon answered, 'You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day.'" NIV translation

Solomon begins to answer the Lord by remembering the kindness that He had shown to his father. This speaks to the fact that David had left a heritage of faith in God to his family.

That is our duty as parents and is probably what is lacking most in the world today. This is even true for Christians, today, as many leave their children a legacy of religion which is not the same as a legacy of faith in Jesus Christ.

1 Kings 3:7 - 9

"'Now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?'" NIV translation

Solomon continues to answer the Lord by acknowledging the fact that, on his own, he is inadequate for the job of being king. We see this reaction as a pattern that occurs over and over throughout the Bible. The people that God uses in mighty ways are usually the lowly ones who can see that they are nothing without Him. With this in mind, he asks for "a discerning heart" which is commonly called wisdom. Solomon had received knowledge from David but could only receive wisdom through a personal relationship with God.

The same is true for us today as we can go to all kinds of schools for higher education but we must remember that knowledge is not the same as wisdom.