The Right Way to Pray

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. 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.

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!” For you are God, O Sovereign Lord. Your words are truth, and you have promised these good things to your servant (2 Samuel 7:25-28 NLT).

The scriptures above give us a glimpse of how King David conducts himself in the presence of God at some point in his prayer. You will notice that his prayer is almost the same in character as he has written his psalms. He comes before God with reverence and worship, exalting God. He then speaks out his heart and laid out his desires to God, reminding God of His promises and the covenant He made to his father Abraham and Jacob.

During the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit does not dwell in the physical bodies of men to live there. It was not until the resurrected Christ that He gave the Holy Spirit to His disciples, and the Holy Spirit lives in their physical bodies as His temples. As a born again Christian, your body becomes the temple of the Holy Spirit. He lives in your physical body. At times we do not know what to pray but the Holy Spirit makes intercession for us. He helps us in our weaknesses and leads us into all spiritual truths even in our prayers (Romans 8:26).

On the other hand, David prayed without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in him. He prayed on his own strength, on his own determination and confidence before God. It was his obedience to God and not the compelling move of the Spirit that he fellowships with God.

David did not have the complete Bible in his possession at the time. However, he may have kept a copy of the Laws of Moses for his personal use as a king of Israel. He also receives the word of God, GOd’s guidance and counsel directly from the messengers of the Lord and His prophets. Obviously David has to keep the promises of God in his heart with the help of his memory. He has to rehearse and meditate God’s promises constantly as he had written in his psalms.

It is interesting to know how David prays that makes him the man in God’s heart. In the scriptures above, these are the words David had spoken in his prayer:

First, David addressed God as the “Lord God.”

Many born again believers have missed this point in their Christian life. Many years back, I shared the Good News to my friend. In short, I witnessed to him. To my surprise, he rejected the good news and Jesus. He said that he was not ready yet to leave the good stuff of the world. My heart sunk and I felt so sorry for him. One of the deceptions of the devil is his false accusation that being born again means to give up the fun in life, and become a religious fanatic. You see, you have to let the Lordship of Christ rule your life and live the life of a new creation; overcomer, triumphant, more than a conqueror, partaker of the divine nature of God, sealed with the Holy Spirit, indwelled by the power and the ability of the Holy Spirit, with the mind and wisdom of Christ, possessing the resurrection power of Christ, healed, victorious, and everything that your hands lay shall prosper. There is no comparison between the fun of the world and the life we have in Christ Jesus. Only a deceived rejects the Good News of Christ.

When you accepted Christ in your life, you have surrendered your life to His Lordship; and therefore, Jesus is your Lord. Your life is now led by Him and not yourself. The Bible says that in Him we live and have our being. Total surrender to His Lordship brings all the good things in the kingdom of God into your life just as He had promised. David wrote in Psalm 23, “The Lord is my Shepherd and I shall not want.” In Christ, you shall not want because He has everything provided for you.

Second, David immediately acknowledged who he was when he said, “I am your servant.”

David recognizes his role in the kingdom of God: servant hood. As we grow in the faith, the Spirit of the Lord reveals in our hearts what part of the Body of Christ do we belong to and what are our functions. We could be in a high profile calling or working behind the scenes. The bottom line is that we are all servants of the Most High God. It is very clear that Jesus has commanded us to serve and not to be served. It amazes me when I see some “Men of God” as they call themselves act like the King of the Universe. People around him act like worthless slaves in serving him. Dude, give us a break!

Third, David boldly told God what to do. “…do as you have promised concerning me and my family.”

Obviously David did not ask God, rather, he told God what to do. There’s a big difference between asking someone and telling someone what to do. David knew that prayer is based on what the Lord had ordained and what He had promised to do. It is just a matter of presenting to the Father what He had promised you. Now, in the new covenant, we have better things God had given us. They are better than the old covenant, and better than David’s blessings.

Everything that the Kingdom of God has given us as the result of Christ’s offering of His blood and His death and resurrection, belongs to us. They are our possessions, our names are written in them as the owner of these spiritual blessings. To make it clearly, you don’t ask for something that you already in your hands or possession. For example, you don’t ask for a pair of ears or pair of eyes or nose or lips, etc. They are there in your face when you were born physically in this world. All you need to do is use them and enjoy them.

The same principle applies when you were born again in the spirit. You have all the goodness of God, the spiritual blessings, the power and the ability in Christ, and the healing of your spirit, soul and body. You don’t have to beg for these blessings because you already have them in your hands. They are in your possessions. You have to act like a real child of God. Be mature and responsible believer. Stop being a cry baby and grow up. Remove from your vocabulary and from your lips the word, “what if…” There is no such thing in faith. Faith never says what if. Faith says, “Thy Will be done.” It’s a done thing. Consider that it was done, or it was made to happen.

Fourth, David calls God “The Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”

When David called God, “The Lord of Heaven’s Armies,” David changed the tone and the atmosphere of the dialogue between him and God. David’s prayer now became a conversation between a soldier and a Commander. At this point in his prayer David knew that he and God are on the same page – at that moment they are both warriors in a battle field, both understand each other. They can see eye to eye. God was able to feel David.

David, a soldier and a warrior, is now reporting to the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. David means business and there is a war that needs to be won. Time is of the essences and they need to move quickly. David laid what’s in his heart and the things that need to be done to win a battle.

This principle of calling the name of God is being missed by many Christians in many different ways, especially in prayer. When you say, “The Lord is my Shepherd,” you have declared the nurture, the care, and the protection of the Great Shepherd to his sheep. You are His sheep and He will give His life for your sake, and protect you from all forms of devourers.

Lastly, David acknowledges that God’s word and His promises are true.

David affirmed his trust in the integrity of God’s Word. When we begin to understand that the Word of God is settled in Heaven, we know that His Word will surely come to pass. It follows then that our faith becomes established in the faithfulness of God’s word. He will never fail us. Doubt and unbelief disappear in our hearts. Our minds and hearts are renewed to believe that whatever God says is true, and His Word will surely meet our needs.

Therefore, as a child of God, we should approach our Father the same way as David did. Be bold, set the tone of the dialogue. Establish a Father and child fellowship, and acknowledge that His promises are true and that they will come to pass .

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