What Prayer Reveals

2-sam-7-28-ww-mf-9xThis prayer of David’s reveals much about him, God, and their relationship. It is rich, and when we read it, it can almost seem as if we are intruding on something private.

Then King David went in, sat in the Lord’s presence, and said,

Who am I, Lord God, and what is my house that You have brought me this far? What You have done so far was a little thing to You, Lord God, for You have also spoken about Your servant’s house in the distant future. And this is a revelation for mankind, Lord GodWhat more can David say to You? You know Your servant, Lord GodBecause of Your word and according to Your will, You have revealed all these great things to Your servant.

This is why You are great, Lord God. There is no one like You, and there is no God besides You, as all we have heard confirms. And who is like Your people Israel? God came to one nation on earth in order to redeem a people for Himself, to make a name for Himself, and to perform for them great and awesome acts, driving out nations and their gods before Your people You redeemed for Yourself from Egypt. You established Your people Israel to be Your own people forever, and You, Lord, have become their God.

Now, Lord God, fulfill the promise forever that You have made to Your servant and his house. Do as You have promised, so that Your name will be exalted forever, when it is said, “The Lord of Hosts is God over Israel.” The house of Your servant David will be established before You since You, Lord of Hosts, God of Israel, have revealed this to Your servant when You said, “I will build a house for you.” Therefore, Your servant has found the courage to pray this prayer to You. Lord God, You are God; Your words are true, and You have promised this grace to Your servant. Now, please bless Your servant’s house so that it will continue before You forever. For You, Lord God, have spoken, and with Your blessing Your servant’s house will be blessed forever. (2 Samuel 7:18-29)

I don’t know that anyone feels fully confident in their prayer life. Even when we are confident in God, we don’t always feel confident in ourselves. That’s okay. When we claim the truth of who God is and speak with Him with authenticity, it reveals a lot about us, God, and our relationship. And when that happens, we grow, because we’re willing to see gaps in our faith and let God fill them well.

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