David would often start his prayers by praising and thanking God. Regardless of what the
outcome would be, David would continue to put all of his hope and trust in God—he would
remain thankful for all of God’s blessings and for His incredible promises.

“I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me.”
–Psalm 16:7


1 Chronicles 29:10-14, 2 Samuel 7:18-22, Psalm 118:21, Psalm 16:7-8

David was known as “a man after God’s own heart.” He was a great warrior and would pray to God all the time. He would usually start his prayers by praising and thanking God. He would praise and thank God for all of His incredible promises, blessings, and for His unconditional love. David was certainly not a perfect man, but his life was a perfect example of how we should live ours—devoted to loving God, asking for forgiveness when we sin, and patiently waiting on God’s timing when seeking answers to prayers.

David wanted to build a special house for God, but He said no to David’s plan. Even though things didn’t go the way David thought it would, he still praised and thanked God for all He had done for him. David also wrote many psalms, expressing how thankful he was for God answering his prayers, for guiding and instructing him, and for always being with him. David also thanked God in front the people of Israel—he was thankful for everything God had done for them.

David’s prayers show us how to beautifully praise and thank God in all seasons of life. Regardless if God answered his prayers the way he wanted or not, David would continue to praise and thank God for all of the wonderful things in his life. Although we do not have to pray in any specific order, praising and thanking God is a great way to start our prayers! Telling God how wonderful He is and thanking Him for His incredible promises when we pray is one of the many ways we can show God how much we love Him.

I can praise and thank God when I pray.


Questions to think about:

1. David would often start his prayers by praising and thanking God. How do I usually start
my conversation with God when I pray?
2. No matter how God answered his prayers, David would still praise and thank God. How
can I remember to praise God, even when His answer to my prayer is no?