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That sounds like a good request, but is that how we should pray? Can we expect God to give us a sense of humor, an appreciation for beauty, a kind a generous heart, or a love for our fellow man? We humans are left with the ability to make choices and to have free moral agency. God expects us to make the choices that would lead to the development of a sense of humor, appreciation for music or beauty.

Sad indeed is the man who expects God to give him everything. God did give wisdom to King Solomon (1 Kings 3:12-14 1 Kings 3:12-14 [12] Behold, I have done according to your words: see, I have given you a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like you before you, neither after you shall any arise like to you. [13] And I have also given you that which you have not asked, both riches, and honor: so that there shall not be any among the kings like to you all your days. [14] And if you will walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as your father David did walk, then I will lengthen your days.
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). The gifts alone did not do much good for Solomon. All too soon, he turned away from God and lost all the blessings he had been given. Working to earn those blessings would have developed in Solomon an appreciation for his fellow man and for his God. We do not treasure the things we are given as much as the things we earn. God wants us to have a sense of humor, but He helps us to work to develop it.

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