ON OUR KNEES – LEARNING FROM MEN OF PRAYER
PRAYING WITH DAVID - Part #1
LESSON #6 – DAVID
(A complete lesson)
INTERACTION – Groups of 2 or 3
V What have you learned about prayer so far?
V How have your prayers changed in the last few weeks?
V Have you ever prayed a prayer written by someone else? How was it helpful?
V What are some of the written prayers in the Bible?
V What precautions must we take when we pray a prayer written by someone else?
David is “the shepherd boy who became king”. He is remembered as the young man who slew Goliath and as the writer of the 23rd Psalm. David was a man of deep devotion to God. Out of this devotion came many prayers which we can learn from, and even pray ourselves.
PSALM 63– DAVID’S PRAYER OF FELLOWSHIP
DESIRE FOR GOD - Vss. 1-2
· Vs. 1 - What am I saying when I pray, “O God, thou are my God?” Why are these words a significant way to start prayer?
· What is the benefit of seeking God early?
· Why should I be thirsty for God?
· What should I do when I’m not thirsty for God?
· Vs. 2 – In what ways should I want to see God’s power and glory?
DEVOTION TO GOD - Vss. 3-4
· Vs. 3 – In what ways is God’s lovingkindness better than life?
· What do verses 3 and 4 teach us about worship?
DEPENDENCE ON GOD - Vss. 5-7
· Vs. 5-6 – How will having a satisfied soul make me satisfied and joyful?
· Vs. 7 – What do you think it means to rejoice in the shadow of His wings?
DIRECTION FROM GOD - Vs. 8
· Did you ever follow someone closely? How?
· How should we follow hard after God?
Psalm 3 - PRAYER OF A GODLY MAN IN TROUBLE
HIS COMPLAINT - Vss. 1-2
· When might we feel the way that David did?
· Why was David doing the right thing?
HIS CRY - Vss. 4, 7
· Vs. 4 - What can we be assured of when we are right with God?
· Vs. 7 – How does this cry to God show David’s confidence in God?
HIS CONFIDENCE - Vss. 3,5,6,8
· Vs. 3 - In the last year, how has God protected you and kept your “head above water?”
· Vs. 5 – Restful sleep and awakening refreshed is an indication that truly my confidence is God.
· Vs. 6 – David is saying that he won’t be afraid of even the largest army because his confidence is in God.
· Vs. 8 – How is this verse comforting to you?
Psalm 4 – AN EVENING PRAYER
GOD WAS CONSULTED - Vs. 1
· God had helped David in the past. On this basis, he asks for help again.
ENEMIES WERE CONFRONTED - Vss. 2-5
· Why is it constructive to talk to people who can’t hear you?
· Consider the advice that David is giving his enemies as also a prayer. When we realize what those people who are opposed to us need, we can pray for it to happen. We are actually helping them.
DAVID WAS COMFORTED - Vss. 6-8
· Vs. 6 - There will always be pessimists around. Let’s remember that the Lord is the source of our help. We can ignore what the pessimists have to say!
· Vs. 7 – In an agrarian society, joy is often dependent on the productivity of the crops. David is saying that the joy that the Lord gives is better than a bumper crop.
· Vs. 8 – We are again reminded that God’s protection will allow us to have a good and safe night’s sleep.
Psalm 5 – A MORNING PRAYER
DAVID WANTS TO BE HEARD Vss. 1-3
· What David did want from God?
· How did David view God?
· What could God count on from David? Why was that important to God?
DAVID WANTS TO BE HOLY Vss. 4-7
· How is God’s holiness described in verses 4-6?
· Vs. 7 – How did David intend to meet God’s standard of holiness?
DAVID WANTS TO BE HELPED Vss. 8-10
· What is the benefit of allowing the Lord to fight our battles for us?
DAVID WANTS TO BE HAPPY Vss. 11-12
· According to these verses, what do we need to do to be happy or joyful?