Read it!: II Samuel 12
He answered, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept.
I thought, “Who knows? The Lord may be gracious to me and let the child live.”
Think it through:
In II Samuel 12, David’s sin is brought into the open. He is judged and punished in several terrible ways, the worst of which is the death of his son.
How horrible it must have been for David to know that his son’s illness was a direct consequence of his actions. And yet he asked the Lord for grace that he knew he didn’t deserve. He pleaded and fasted and slept on the ground, hoping.