David continued, “Now, son, may the Lord your God be with you, and may he keep his promise to make you successful in building a temple for him. And may the Lord your God give you insight and wisdom so that you may govern Israel according to his Law. If you obey all the laws which the Lord gave to Moses for Israel, you will be successful. Be determined and confident, and don’t let anything make you afraid. – 1 Chronicles 22:11-13 GNT
This prayer of blessing speaks gentle and thoughtful affection. David knew Solomon needed wisdom and understanding. There was an honouring of obedience – if Solomon accepted the charge, he would be successful. What father does not want his son to be successful?
This father/son blessing reminds me of the husband/wife blessing that Peter talks about.
In the same way you husbands must live with your wives with the proper understanding that they are more delicate than you. Treat them with respect, because they also will receive, together with you, God’s gift of life. Do this so that nothing will interfere with your prayers. – 1 Peter 3:7 GNT
Then to this, Peter adds words for anyone who wants to love life and see good days and how prayer relates to this as well.
As the scripture says,
“If you want to enjoy life
and wish to see good times,
you must keep from speaking evil
and stop telling lies.
You must turn away from evil and do good;
you must strive for peace with all your heart.
For the Lord watches over the righteous
and listens to their prayers;
but he opposes those who do evil.” – 1 Peter 3:10-12 GNT
There is one more reason for constant, persistent, sleepless, overcoming prayer, and it is a mighty one: because of what prayer accomplishes. Prayer promotes our spiritual growth as almost nothing else, indeed as nothing else but Bible study; and true prayer and true Bible study go hand in hand. – R. A. Torrey