2 Samuel 12:15-23
After the prophet Nathan told David that his son would die, the boy became very sick. David’s immediate response was to fast and pray. The Bible says he stayed all night on the ground. The next day the servants of the household tried to get David to get up and eat but he refused. This continued for seven days! When the boy finally died, the servants were afraid to tell the king. But David overheard them and asked if his son had died. The servants said yes. Surprising everyone, David got up and cleaned up and then went to the house of the Lord and worshipped. After that, he came home and ate.
The servants had misunderstood. They thought David was mourning his son, but he was actually praying for his healing. When the boy died, David knew God had made His decision and nothing could be done. David knew that God does listen to us and we can change His mind with prayer. Therefore David prayed diligently for his son. But David also understood that God’s will is best. Once he receive a final answer, he stopped praying and accepted God’s will. I’m sure he was sad, but David knew there was no reason to continue praying after getting an answer. We don’t always get the answer we want, but God’s will is always best.
What are you praying for right now? On a sheet of paper list one or two things you are diligently seeking God about. Seal the paper in an envelope and put a date six months from now to open it. When you open it discuss how God has answered, how your prayer has changed or if you need to keep praying!