2 Samuel 12:16
David therefore sought God on behalf of the child. And David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground.
David prayed passionately for his son’s life to be spared. For seven days he prayed, fasted, and pleaded with God. David knew his sin with Bathsheba was what led to the child’s illness but he begged God to intercede.
When the baby died on the seventh day, those who attended David thought the king would harm himself. Instead, David got up, washed, and worshiped. He declared, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept, for I said, ‘Who knows whether the LORD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’ But now he is dead. Why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me” (2 Samuel 12:22).
This passage is powerful for several reasons. First, it teaches us about the passion and pleading of fervent prayer. Sometimes all we can do is lay on the ground and implore to God. Second, we learn that an important part of healing is accepting God’s will. God’s ways may not always line up with our desires, but God acts decisively. We must accept his will. Finally, I believe this verse reminds us of heaven. David knew his child couldn’t return to him but one day they would be reunited in heaven.
- David teaches us that praying can sometimes include pleading. Maybe there is something you need to fast and pray about. If that’s the case, plan and implement an extended time of prayer.
- David teaches us to accept God’s plan even when it is painful. Perhaps today you need to have that talk with God. You can tell him that you disagree with the outcome, but you will continue to worship him as the one and only God.
Father, teach me to pray with passion and in complete surrender to your will. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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