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12/12/2011 / Kaitlin Zhang

David’s Prayer of Gratitude

One of the most essential and powerful elements of prayer is expressing gratitude. God is so pleased when we thank him, just like how a parent is so please when a young child expresses gratitude.

The Passage: 2 Samuel 7:18 – 29

The Context: King David prays this prayer of gratitude after bring the ark of God to Jerusalem. He was deeply blessed by God (just like you are), and he was so thankful for God’s grace and love.

The Prayer:

God, thank you for taking care of me all my life. And it was a small thing in your eyes. You are so powerful and loving, God.

You are the one who knows my heart O God. Because of your promise, and according to your own heart, you have brought about all this greatness, to make your servant know it.

You are great, O Lord God. For there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears. Thank you God for redeeming me and my people. Thank you for being forever unchanging and forever faithful.

O Lord God, confirm forever the word that you have spoken concerning me and my house, and do as you have spoken.  And your name will be magnified forever, saying, “The Lord of hosts is God over me”, and the house of your servant will be established before you.

You are God and your words are true. You have promised good things to me. 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 my house be blessed forever.

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