And who is like your people Israel, the one nation on earth whom God went to redeem to be his people, making himself a name and doing for them great and awesome things by driving out before your people, whom you redeemed for yourself from Egypt, a nation and its gods? And you established for yourself your people Israel to be your people forever. And you, O LORD, became their God. And now, O LORD God, confirm forever the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house, and do as you have spoken. And your name will be magnified forever, saying, ‘The LORD of hosts is God over Israel,’ and the house of your servant David will be established before you. For you, O LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, have made this revelation to your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house.’ Therefore your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you. And now, O Lord GOD, you are God, and your words are true, and you have promised this good thing to your servant. Now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you, O Lord GOD, have spoken, and with your blessing shall the house of your servant be blessed forever.”
—2 Samuel 7:23-29
by: Angie Osborn.
God glorified Himself by keeping His promises to Israel. David’s prayer was focused on the greatness of God and what He had done, as well as what He had promised to do. He also bragged on the nation of Israel a little, but immediately admitted that their greatness was due to God’s work on their behalf. David’s prayer was heartfelt and genuine. When we pray, it is important to do so with an attitude of worship. Too often, we go before God with only a prayer list. While He does want to hear our needs, He also deserves our heartfelt praise and our recognition of His promises.