Learn to pray like David

2 Samuel Bible Background

04.23.2019 – Old Testament: 2Sa 7.25–29

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Samuel 7–9 on April 23, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

David wanted to build a house for God, but God promised to build a house for David, and to establish his throne forever. That touched David deeply in his spirit, and in response he spoke a beautiful prayer to God, in which David said in part:

“Now, O LORD God, the word which You have spoken concerning Your servant and concerning his house, establish it forever and do as You have said. So let Your name be magnified forever, saying, ‘The LORD of hosts is the God over Israel.’ And let the house of Your servant David be established before You. For You, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, have revealed this to Your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house.’ Therefore Your servant has found it in his heart to pray this prayer to You. And now, O Lord GOD, You are God, and Your words are true, and You have promised this goodness to Your servant. Now therefore, let it please You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue before You forever; for You, O Lord GOD, have spoken it, and with Your blessing let the house of Your servant be blessed forever.”

– 2 Samuel 7.25–29

David lived his life with a view toward God and so when David prayed, he simply prayed as he lived, glorifying God. You can pray like David by magnifying God and by seeing that prayer is not all about you.

Questions:

  • For what do you pray?
  • How much of your prayers consist of thanking and praising God?

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