“A Model Prayer” – 2 Sam. 7:18-29
Questions for Discussion and/or Reflection:
- Imagine your prayer life as a dinner plate, filled with various foods (kinds of prayer, including praise and thanksgiving, petition and intercession, confession, etc.).
- What kind of prayer is your main course? What are your side dishes?
- Do you have a well-rounded prayer diet? What might be missing or out of balance?
- What’s the significance of approaching God with a deferential attitude, acknowledging your weakness and God’s greatness? How might such an approach change the way you pray?
- Even when we have a need to bring to God, David models prayer that gives God praise before expressing our petitions, both in this passage and in many of the psalms. What effect does it have to place our petitions in the broader context of praise?
- A common biblical form of petition, here demonstrated by David, is to hold God to his promises (e.g., Ps. 119:49). Do you ever pray this way? What is the value in such petitions? Is there a divine promise you want to remind God of today?