September 12, 2018

I am always looking for scripture to pray. My thought is that you can’t go wrong by praying the words of God. Also I learn to pray by reading the prayers of others that are found in God’s Word. David prays a prayer in today’s reading that I believe would be very beneficial for all of us to pray. The prayer is found in 2 Samuel 7:18-29. I will list the verses and then show how I prayed them.

2 Samuel 7:18 (NLT) — 18 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and prayed, “Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?

O Sovereign Lord compared to you me and my family are unworthy to even call you Sovereign Lord and yet you have chosen to bring us into your family and to this day by your grace and mercy.

2 Samuel 7:19 (NLT) — 19 And now, Sovereign Lord, in addition to everything else, you speak of giving your servant a lasting dynasty! Do you deal with everyone this way, O Sovereign Lord?

O Lord may your grace and mercy continue to be extended to each generation to follow me.

2 Samuel 7:20–22 (NLT) — 20 “What more can I say to you? You know what your servant is really like, Sovereign Lord. 21 Because of your promise and according to your will, you have done all these great things and have made them known to your servant. 22 “How great you are, O Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you. We have never even heard of another God like you!

You know what we are like and yet you continue to pour out your blessings on us day by day and year after year. Thank you. O my there is no other God like you so humble, kind and generous.

2 Samuel 7:23–24 (NLT) — 23 What other nation on earth is like your people Israel? What other nation, O God, have you redeemed from slavery to be your own people? You made a great name for yourself when you redeemed your people from Egypt. You performed awesome miracles and drove out the nations and gods that stood in their way. 24 You made Israel your very own people forever, and you, O Lord, became their God.

In your loving kindness you have redeemed people from every tribe, nation and tongue to be your own people called the Church. Thank you that we are yours forever and ever. What a wonderful miracle you performed in saving us from our sins and giving a clean record so that we can stand before you without any stain of sin.

2 Samuel 7:25–26 (NLT) — 25 “And now, O Lord God, I am your servant; do as you have promised concerning me and my family. Confirm it as a promise that will last forever. 26 And may your name be honored forever so that everyone will say, ‘The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is God over Israel!’ And may the house of your servant David continue before you forever.

And now Father help us to discover all the promises that you have stored up for me, my family and your Church. May all your promises come to pass as we appropriate them through faith and patience. May you do this for the honor of your name. May others truly recognize that you, The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is God over us. And may we continue to serve you forever.

2 Samuel 7:27–29 (NLT) — 27 “O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, God of Israel, I have been bold enough to pray this prayer to you because you have revealed all this to your servant, saying, ‘I will build a house for you—a dynasty of kings!’ 28 For you are God, O Sovereign Lord. Your words are truth, and you have promised these good things to your servant. 29 And now, may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you have spoken, and when you grant a blessing to your servant, O Sovereign Lord, it is an eternal blessing!”

Thank you Lord that you love it when we boldly come before you and pray your promises. I thank you that we don’t have to be timid and afraid. Thank you for choosing us as a residence for you, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Help us and our future generations to serve you well and make you feel welcome in our temples. Thank you for your eternal blessings. And thank you for the eternal blessing of being able to live with you forever O Sovereign Lord.

I hope this helps you craft your own prayers. The reminder that God is the Sovereign Lord brings much faith and enthusiasm to my prayers.

Be Inspired Hilltop!


  1. Mary Anne Frank says

    I often pray the Psalms for myself and for others. It is so encouraging that I can pray the Word of God. I don’t need to ‘figure out’ how to pray. God has already put the words in my mouth. Thank you Pastor Dan for this post. When I started to read Psalm 56 I knew it was for a friend of mine so I read and prayed those words for her.
    Thank you God that you have blesses us with your Word.