David’s situation had become onerous. Sin was enjoyed for a season, now came the reaping of it. The consequences were fair, but difficult. Nathan the prophet told David that he would not die, but his infant son would. What would you do? I can see myself hanging over the side of my baby’s crib crying my heart out, but what does David do? II Samuel 12:16 tells us that David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.
He prayed and fasted. He knew that prayer was the thing that mattered the most; not crying, pacing, shouting at the Lord…praying. That was what would make the difference. And it did.
Wait! You might say! The child died! What good was it to pray? The evidence of the impact praying did is in David’s response to hearing that his son had died:
But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead. 20 Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the Lord, and worshiped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.
What are you attempting to do today?
- Work at your workplace?
- Witness to a lost person?
- Be a help meet to your spouse?
- Mother your children?
- Be a light in the world?
Have you prayed about it? Then and only then will you have a right response if things don’t go the way you’d hoped (or even prayed) they would! You won’t fall apart. You won’t accuse God. You will be able to bow your head, and with a hurting heart whisper, “Thank you. I accept this from Your hands. I worship You.”
Prayer. It’s the only thing we must do.