David’s Order of Prayer



The Ark of the Covenant had been at the home of Obed-Edom for three months. Israel, under King David, was bringing it to Jerusalem. On that occasion, King David designed an order of prayer to Jehovah God. Along with those instructions, he wrote a Psalm of Thanks to the Lord.
As you read David’s Order of Prayer and the Psalm he wrote you will find some ways of addressing God in prayer that focuses your conversation with Him. In this Psalm are special ways to express your adoration of the Creator and forming your thoughts about Him. Regardless of the use you make of these verses, always remember that God is a person. He hears us no matter what. He loves us and is attentive to us because of that love, not due to a “formula” we come up with that causes Him to listen. Each day will list a supplemental Psalm you can read to expand your thinking and praying.

I Chronicles 16:4, 7-36

4 David appointed some of the Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord, to
make petition, to give thanks, and to praise the Lord, the God of Israel.
7 That day David first committed to Asaph and his associates this psalm of thanks
to the Lord.
(Notice the three areas you can concentrate your time on with the Lord.)


8 Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he
has done.
9 Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.
10 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
11 Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.
12 Remember the wonders he has done, the miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,
13 O descendants of Israel his servant, O sons of Jacob, his chosen ones.

8 What are you thankful for today? Tell the Lord (and others as well) about those things.
9 Pick a song and sing it to the Lord. He will rejoice in listening to your song!
10 Think of the Lord’s names—say them out loud. Thank Him that you can speak with Him.
11/12 What do I need strength for today—a task, temptation, travel, trouble? He is there!
13 Always remember that you have been chosen to be in His forever family.

(For special reading: Psalm 92:1-8)


14 He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth.
15 He remembers his covenant forever, the word he commanded, for a thousand
16 the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac.
17 He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant.
18 “To you I will give the land of Canaan as a portion you will inherit.”

14 Thank God that He is Sovereign in your life and in the world, too.
15 Aren’t you glad Jesus doesn’t change His mind about you? Thank Him!
16/17 You are part of God’s everlasting covenant of blessing. Can you name some for Him?
18 What areas of your life does Jesus need to take control of? What new challenge do you
need Him to help you conquer?

(For special reading: Psalm 103:1-12)


19 When they were but few in number, few indeed, and strangers in it,
20 they wandered from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another.
21 He allowed no man to oppress them; for their sake he rebuked kings:
22 “Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm.”

19 Are you “outnumbered?” Resources gone? Being ignored? Tell Jesus about it.
20 Where was I when Jesus found me? How has the Lord led me? Thank and praise Him!
21 How have I seen God’s hand in the past year (month, week)? Give Him credit!
22 God has promised to protect me. What can I call on him for today/tomorrow?

(For special reading: Psalm 103:13-23)


23 Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day.
24 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
25 For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all Gods.
26 For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens.
27 Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy in his dwelling place.
28 Ascribe to the Lord, O families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

23 Sing a song of salvation to the Lord. Be open today to share His love with someone.
24 Jesus is glorious! What can I tell others about Him today?
25 Praise the Lord and give Him your praise and love. He is waiting for your words.
26 As you look around, see what He has made and thank Him for His creation.
27 Express your joy and love to God. Let Him know you want to join Him in heaven.
28 Will you involve your family, friends, in your praise of God and petition before Him?

(For special reading: Psalm 104:1-23)


29 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name. Bring an offering and come before him;
worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.
30 Tremble before him, all the earth! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.
31 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations,
“The Lord reigns!”
32 Let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything
in them.
33 Then the trees of the forest will sing, they will sing for joy before the Lord,
for he comes to judge the earth.

29 How do I see God’s glory? How do I reflect His holiness in my life and worship?
30 Thank God He has the whole world in His hand. No one can move me from Him.
31 The Lord reigns! How does He reign in my life? Honor Him in praise and thanks.
32 Can I resound with praise to God and be jubilant? Ask Him: Refresh my joy.
33 Jesus is coming. There will be singing and joy everywhere. Am I ready? My family?

(For special reading: Psalm 104:24-35)


34 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
35 Cry out, “Save us, O God our Savior; gather us and deliver us from the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name, that we may glory in your praise.”
36 Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.
“Amen! Praise the Lord!”

34 How has God shown me goodness and love? How can I show Him my gratitude?.
35 Is there a problem or difficulty on my horizon? I can trust Jesus. I will give it to Him.
Now I will thank and praise Him for His protection and deliverance.
36 Yes! Forever I will give Him praise. And I will start it right now. Amen! Praise the Lord!

(For special reading: Psalm 118)