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Praying for Sick Loved Ones (2 Samuel 12:15-23)

Introductory Thoughts

One of the more difficult things any individual faces in this life involves watching loved ones suffer. Yet, this life is filled with suffering and death. David witnessed just such a tragedy when his child became ill and eventually died. While the child was alive, David implored the Lord for the child’s recovery. No doubt, he was asking God to heal the child and restore health. In addition to praying for the child, David fasted and wept for the life of his newborn. In the end, the Lord decided to take the child. David understood that he could not bring the child back but would one day go to where the child already was. As soon as the child passed, David refocused upon living. He ceased praying for the child and began to comfort his grieving wife.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): The word beseech means to request earnestly. When Jesus was on earth, many besought Him to heal their sick loved ones (Matthew 8:5-7; Luke 4:38-39; John 4:46-47). The Lord wants us to come to Him with such requests (Philippians 4:6-7).
  • (For everyone): Have you ever had a loved one suffer from a serious illness or injury? Did you merely sit around and worry about his or her condition, or did you earnestly pray?
  • Why did David cease to pray for the child as soon his baby died? What did he do next? Why is it important that we follow the same type of pattern that David set forth?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Pray for any loved ones who are ill or seriously injured.
  • Thank God for the privilege of prayer.