David’s Incomparable Prayer to the Incomparable God

Text: II Samuel 7:18-29
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: June 21, 2009

Why is prayer so hard? We have difficulty setting aside to pray. Once we start to pray we get distracted far too easily. Sometimes we aren’t sure how we should pray. Why should we pray if the LORD has already determined what will happen?

As we come to the end of 2 Samuel 7, the LORD, through the prophet Nathan has just revealed the promises of the Davidic covenant, that David’s house will endure forever. David, overwhelmed by God’s grace, gives thanks and praise to the LORD and asks that all of God’s promises would be fulfilled just as He said.

Our prayers also should be in response to God’s glorious revelation to us. We are participants in a better covenant, in Jesus Christ the Son of David. Our praise is fueled by our gratitude for God’s grace in choosing us in spite of our unworthiness. His promises inform us as we pray for This Kingdom to come and His will to be done.

David’s prayer gives us a pattern for prayer:

  1. Confessing our unworthiness and God’s grace. v. 18-21
  2. Praising the LORD for His Person and work. v. 22-24
  3. Praying His promises. V. 25-29

Posted on June 21st, 2009 | Permalink