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The Gospel of the Kingdom Series 2007"prayer-starters"Part 5

Our Cry for Mercy
in God’s Covenant with David

Desperate people recognized Jesus as the Son of David and received their healing.
He is the same yesterday, and today, and foreverHebrews 13:8.


DAY 1Two blind men find sight as they cry for mercy from Jesus, the Son of David.

Matthew 9:27And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed Him, crying, and saying,
Thou Son of David, have mercy on us.

Psalm 31:9Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble:
mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly.

I have no hope outside of Your mercy.
These walls have pressed in upon me till I feel they will crush me.
Oh, visit me with Your light and peace! Let Your Spirit overcome my weak spirit.
Open my eyes to behold You and to see Your glory. Oh, heal me now!

The response of JesusMatt 9:27-31


DAY 2A  woman from the outside found mercy for her child from the Son of David.

Matthew 15:22A woman from Canaan lived near Tyre and Sidon. She came to Him and cried out, “Lord! Son of David! Have mercy on me! A demon controls my daughter. She is suffering terribly.” NIRV®
Psalm 123:3Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt.
I feel as though I am nothing.
Life has pushed me down to make me feel like the dirt people trample on.
But I am beginning to see that You love me. I believe You are ready to visit me.
Oh, DEAR LORD! My family needs Your mercy too. Please come visit us!

Jesus responds to the cry for mercy of the despised Canaanite woman.Matt 15:22-28


DAY 3Two blind men cried out for attention from the Son of David.

Matthew 20:30-34Two blind men were sitting by the side of the road. They heard that Jesus was going by. So they shouted,“Lord! Son of David! Have mercy on us!”The crowd commanded them to stop. They told them to be quiet.But the two men shouted even louder, “Lord! Son of David! Have mercy on us!”Jesus stopped and called out to them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.“Lord,” they answered, “we want to be able to see.”Jesus felt deep concern for them. He touched their eyes. Right away they could see. And they followed Him.NIRV®
Psalm 9:13Lord, see how badly my enemies treat me! Show me Your favor. Don’t let me go down to the gates of death.NIRV®
I receive no encouragement from anyone around me.
They mock me and say I am a fool. But I believe You are releasing something in me that is drawing me on. It is Your mercy! O, Thou Son of David. You are my hope. Please heal me now!

He shall deliver the needy when he criesPs 72:12-14


DAY 4Blind Bartimaeus cries out to the Son of David.

Mark 10:46-52—Jesus and his disciples came to Jericho. They were leaving the city. A large crowd was with them. A blind man was sitting by the side of the road begging. His name was Bartimaeus. Bartimaeus means Son of Timaeus.He heard that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. So he began to shout, “Jesus! Son of David! Have mercy on me!” Many people commanded him to stop. They told him to be quiet. But he shouted even louder, “Son of David! Have mercy on me!”Jesus stopped and said, “Call for him.” So they called out to the blind man, “Cheer up! Get up on your feet! Jesus is calling for you.”He threw his coat to one side. Then he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to be able to see.” Go,” said Jesus. “Your faith has healed you.” Right away he could see. And he followed Jesus along the road.NIRV®
Jesus, Son of David...
Have mercy on me. I feel like that blind man sitting by the highwaybegging. I feel like a lowly creature.
This sickness, and this sin, has robbed me of self-esteem. But today, I am ready to leave all of this behind.
I am ready to embrace the power and grace released in Your  Covenant of mercy.

See Isaiah’s Word to those who thirst.Isa 55:1-5


DAY 5The cry of another certain blind man.

Luke 18:35-43Jesus was approaching Jericho. A blind man was sitting by the side of the road begging. The blind man heard the crowd going by. He asked what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” So the blind man called out, “Jesus! Son of David! Have mercy on me!” Those who led the way commanded him to stop. They told him to be quiet. But he shouted even louder, “Son of David! Have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to Him. When the man came near, Jesus spoke to him. “What do you want Me to do for you?” Jesus asked. “Lord, I want to be able to see,” the blind man replied. Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight. Your faith has healed you.”Right away he could see. He followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.NIRV®  
Oh Lord...
My cry continues. I am just beginning to see how great Your mercy is. I cry out again: Have mercy upon me.
Oh, Son of David...
Let Your mercy flood my soul. Then, let it move on through me to touch others in their pain and heartache. Here are these I know who are suffering. Please let Your mercy reach them too.

Faith can reach through discouragement to touch Jesus, the Son of David.Luke 18:35-43


DAY 6A man bent crooked with sin found mercy from the Lord.

Luke 18:13-14aAnd the publican, standing afar off would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven,
but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner
. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified...

Psalm 51:1—(David made his plea for mercy.) Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy lovingkindness:
according unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

Oh Lord...
I am one of those persons who deserves no mercy,
But, oh, how I need it! I can see today Your lovingkindness is greater than my sin.
So I cry to You for mercy. Make me into a new person—even a person for Your Kingdom.
Let me be joined by Covenant to Your Kingdom.

Those who forsake their sin can find God’s mercy.Pro 28:13; Is 55:7

DAY 7Like David, we, too, can find deliverance through God’s Covenant of mercy.

Psalm 6:4,9Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for Thy mercies’ sake. ... The LORD hath heard my supplication: the LORD will receive my prayer. 10Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly. (a Prayer of David)
Matthew 9:22But Jesus turned Him about, and when He saw her (the woman with an issue of blood), He said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.
Oh, I’m so glad I can call You LORD! How suddenly my life is changing!
I am discovering Your mercy and the faithfulness of Your Covenant!
The things that were against me don’t matter any more.

Help comes when we’re in a hopeless situation and others pray for us.II Cor 1:8-11


The Covenant God made with David embraced His eternal Kingdom.
By God’s mercy, it embraces us also and draws us into its glory.

DAY 8The first Covenant Promise to David gave God’s people a safe inheritance.

II Samuel 7:10Moreover, I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more: neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime.
Isaiah 61:1The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me; because the LORD hath anointed Me to preach (publish)  good tidings unto the meek (the afflicted); He hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to them that are bound

Luke 17 19And He said unto him (the outcast leper), Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
Help me see this. No inheritance could be so full of wonder as the inheritance that is ours in Christ.
Oh, let me know my appointed place!
Let me know the anointing that will make the wonders of Your Kingdom real in me.
Let these people I name before You come to know who they are and what is theirs in Christ.
Draw to yourself these who are outside the camp. Let these unworthy ones find Your mercy.

The outcast lepers find their acceptance back into the fold.Luke 17:11-19

DAY 9God Promise David Christ would build a Tabernacle for him.

II Samuel:7 llb—...Also the LORD telleth thee that He will make thee an house (a promise concerning the true Church)
Isaiah 16:5—And in mercy shall the Throne be established: and He shall sit upon it in truth in the Tabernacle of David (the true Church), judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness.
Mark 5:34And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. (an example of the mercy that shall come from the Throne of David)
The Tabernacle of David has been a mystery to me. Show me.
Is it the Dwelling in which Christ shall reign to bring righteousness in the earth?
Oh, bring healing to these who have sought it everywhere, but not found it.
Oh, Lord, Thou merciful High Priest, reign in our midst!

The elders in Jerusalem saw the Tabernacle of David being raised up among the Gentile nations. Do we not know it as the Church?Ac 15:14-17; Am 9:11,12

DAY 10This Promise to David meant the Son of David would be raised from the dead, releasing resurrection power to all who receive Him as Savior.

II Samuel 7:12bI will set up (raise up from the dead) thy Seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels...
(This is Jesus, the Son of David.)
Psalm 132:11—The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; He will not turn from it;
Of the fruit of thy body will I set
(establish) upon thy throne.
Acts 13 22,23He raised up unto them David to be their king: to whom also He gave testimony, and said,
I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.
Of this man‘s seed hath God according to His promise raised unto Israel a Saviour
(of spirit, soul and body), Jesus.
Mark 16:20—And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them,
and confirming the Word with signs following. Amen.

The longing of my heart is to know the Seed of David Whom You raised from the dead.
I want to know His indwelling life. I want to know the power and grace of His Kingdom.
Oh, I want to see His healing grace come upon these people who have suffered and waited for so long!

A Wonderful Miracle God Wrought through Peter and JohnActs 3:1-11

DAY 11This Promise to David meant God would establish a Kingdom for
His Holy Seed to reach all nations.

II Samuel 7:12cI will establish His Kingdom.
Daniel 7:14And there was given Him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages,
should serve Him: His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away,
and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

Matthew 15:28Then Jesus answered and said unto her (the Canaanite woman), O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
Dear Lord ...
P lease make me into a person who understands Your Kingdom, who lives according to its ways,
who walks in its glory, and who makes known its ways unto others.

Jesus has taught us to pray God’s Kingdom will become known in the earthMatt 6:9-13

DAY 12This Promise meant Christ would build the Temple David longed for.

II Samuel 7:13aHe shall build an house for My Name...
Hebrews 3:5-6—And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after: but Christ as a Son over His Own House; Whose House are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end...
Let me know the wonder of the Temple You are building.
Show me its worldwide wonder. Let me know its wonder with others here where I live.
Let me know You have redeemed us that our own bodies can be a holy dwelling places for You.

We are called to keep God’s dwelling place holy for Him.
I Cor 3:16,17; I Cor 6:19; II Cor 6:16;Eph 2:21

DAY 13This Promise meant God would establish an eternal Kingdom for Christ.

II Samuel 7:13b—...and 1 will stablish the Throne of His Kingdom for ever.
II Peter 1:10-11Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure:
for if ye do these things,
ye shall never fall: for so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into The Everlasting Kingdom of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Dear Lord ...
If Your Kingdom is eternal, then it has power for today. I can know it today, right where I am.
Oh, let Thy Kingdom come! Let me see its light and its glory in this present darkness.
Let its rightness come forth in me.
We are called to walk worthy of this Kingdom
I Thes 2:12; II Thes 1:5; II Tim 4:18; Heb 12:28; Jas 2:5

DAY 14This Promise meant God would be the Father of David’s greater Son.

II Samuel 7:14—aI will be His Father, and He shall be My Son...
John 5:19-20—Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.
Dear Lord ...
Give me a heart to hear Your Son. And not only to hear Him, but to give heed to what I hear.
Let me hear Him through Your word, through the ministers You have appointed,
by the Holy Spirit You have given us.

See the desire of the Psalmist with regard to God’s Word.
Psalm 119: 9,11,16,17,25,28,38,41,42,49,50

DAY 15This Promise meant David’s greater Son would be our Redeemer.

II Samuel 7:14b1f he commit iniquity (bearing the consequence of iniquity, or paying the penalty for the iniquity of others),
I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men...

Isaiah 53:5But He was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities:
the chastisement of our peace was upon Him: and with His stripes we are healed.

Mark 10:52And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole.
And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

Dear Lord ...
I see my healing is complete! You have taken my transgressions and were pierced for them.
You were crushed with my sin. You were beaten to win my peace. Your wounds were for my healing.
I love You and I trust You with all my heart.

New Covenant men saw this Word meant Christ is our Healer.
Matt 8:16,17; I Pet 2:21-25


DAY 16This Promise meant mercy would always attend the Son of David’s reign.

II Samuel 7:15aMy mercy shall not depart away from Him...
Psalm 89:28My mercy will I keep for Him for evermore, and My Covenant shall stand fast with him.
I Peter 1:3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope (“ahope full of life”, “a life full of hope”) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
The most amazing thing to me about Your Kingdom is Your mercy. Oh, receive me in it! Let me bathe in it. Let it wash me today from all the doubt, fear, lack of understanding, and sickness that has been like a plague upon me, and my family.
His mercy endures forever—Psalm 89:1-4


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