Bible Reading Plan – March 25-April 1
Bible Project Reading Plan (March 26 – April 1):
1 Samuel 25-31; 2 Samuel 1-18; Psalm 85-91
Christians are called upon to pray. We are reminded that this is an expectation placed upon us by none less than our Lord Jesus:
Whenever you pray, you must…
That “whenever” is important – the clear implication is that we will be praying, and need no exhortation to do so. Christ might need to address how we are to pray, but he took for granted the presence of our prayers. It is just what his followers do, we are to be people of prayer.
Our prayers are often humble, which is honestly something of a shame. It is good to pray humbly – to acknowledge your great need of God is a prerequisite of any true and abiding prayer. But this is different from having humble prayers – prayers that ask for so little. It is a fine thing to pray for daily needs, but is this all we are to ask for?
In Psalm 2, one of the most important Psalms, Jesus himself is instructed to pray for great things, things that are wondrously large and magnificent:
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.
David was not shy to ask for great things from God. In 2 Samuel 7:25-26 David asks for God to establish his (David’s) kingdom forever – that one of his descendants might sit on the throne, and that God’s abiding love will never leave him. This is an audacious prayer, especially given the precedent of Saul and the great sin of David to come. Why can David utter such a great request of God with such great confidence?
You, LORD of Hosts, God of Israel, have revealed this to Your servant when You said, “I will build a house for you.” Therefore, Your servant has found the courage to pray this prayer to You.
2 Samuel 7:27
It is because God gave him such great promises that David can ask for them. His great request is made precisely because David is humble; God has revealed to him the great promise of a house and a kingdom, therefore David simply utters back to him what God has already stipulated he was willing to give.
Let us take this as our cue, and pray large magnificent prayers to God for the salvation of the nations; for Christ’s name to be made known to every tribe, tongue, nation, and language; for new birth to come to the hard-hearted; for the overthrowing of evil and the establishment of righteousness; for the Spirit of God to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgement. Let us pray for these miracles of God for our neighbors, neighborhoods, country, and world. Not because we are so bold, but rather because we are so humble: we only want what God has promised to come true. So we pray that his will is done, on earth as it is in heaven. Jesus, we ask that you make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession!