How often should I pray to God? It seems to me David prayed to God constantly. Actually in the Bible, Paul also advised us to pray continuously (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances) as if that is the secret for us to rejoice always and to be thankful in all circumstances.
When we read the psalms of David, actually, it is either praise or thanksgiving at the end. He prays without ceasing and found joy and thankful heart all the time. Even when he starts with cry, he ends with joy. That is the secret that both David and Paul found!
“To you, O Lord, I call; my rock, do not refuse to hear me, for if you are silent to me, I shall be like those who go down to the Pit. Hear the voice of my supplication, as I cry to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary.”
When David prayed, he always made sure that his actions and words should be acceptable to God. He always examined his heart first whether it is clean and pure in front of God. Then he gave supplication.
“Do not drag me away with the wicked, with those who are workers of evil, who speak peace with their neighbors, while mischief is in their hearts. Repay them according to their work, and according to the evil of their deeds; repay them according to the work of their hands; render them their due reward.”
In this sense, David believed in just God who repaid for the deeds of people. However, people acted in a certain way because of their belief in God or lack of it. “Because they do not regard the works of the Lord, or the work of his hands, he will break them down and build them up no more.”
Now as a believer, the only one thing that we need to do is, therefore, to praise God: “Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard the sound of my pleadings. The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts; so I am helped, and my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.”
This confession is true not only for David but also for everybody. He started making confession for everybody else: “The Lord is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed. O save your people, and bless your heritage; be their shepherd, and carry them forever.”
He moved from his prayer room to the public worship place. He was transformed from an individual worshiper into a public evangelist.