This has been a year of great loss in almost every area of our life. . . a time to reflect, to heal, and to be renewed . . . a season in which I’ve learned, changed, and become stronger in faith through the compassion of God and the people of God. Once again, I’ve discovered God is the God of more. And. I’m grateful.
While there are disappointments and hard things in this life, God has more for us. The story of King David in the Old Testament, describes his intense desire to build the temple; however, his life choices prevented him from doing it on his own. The death of a dream is not only disappointing but can be devastating. But. King David continued to pursue God refusing to turn away in his time of disappointment. And. God provided a plan for King David, giving him the opportunity to prepare his son to build it, allowing him to be a part of the process, blessing him in extraordinary ways, fulfilling his life call through a divine act, beyond what could’ve ever been accomplished on his own.
David’s declaration to God reveals transforming trust, placing him in a position to experience divine fulfillment the rest of his life:
Because of your promise and according to your will, you have done all these great things and have made them known to your servant (2 Samuel 7:21, NLT).
When we live in agreement with God, when we live in continual prayer, when we live in trust rather than turning away, we are empowered to live beyond what we will ever ask, think, or imagine. Our disappointment and discouragement will not lead to defeat, if, we surrender it all to God, believing God has more.
It gives reason to study and meditate on the divine conversation between God and David in 2 Samuel 7.
David found the more of God, declaring it through prayer, consumed with God rather than despair. As I’ve prayed David’s prayer on a daily basis, I’ve experienced the “more” of God in my mind, emotions, and spirit, being renewed through divine power, convinced life is to be lived beyond our circumstances. I encourage you to consider declaring this prayer for 30 days, allowing God to change you as you declare your trust:
“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 (use your name) 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. And now, may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you have spoken, and when you grant a blessing to your servant,
O Sovereign Lord, it is an eternal blessing!”
(2 Samuel 7:25-29, NLT)
- Believe in prayer, which activates the mysterious and miraculous power of God, keeping us on the course planned for us before the foundation of time, protecting us from the dominion of darkness, covering and changing each day of our life as we enter the “more” of God.
- Declare the more of God, praying David’s prayer on a daily basis for 30 days.
- Anticipate a change in your life when you enter the “more” of God!
- Celebrate the “more” of God each day.
Learning to Kickstart the day declaring the “more” of God, praying David’s prayer,
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)