May 3 | David Asks for Forgiveness

Today’s Reading:

Read 2 Samuel 12:13; Psalm 51

Draw a heart on a dry erase board and color it in. As you read today, set the board in a place where your family can see it. 

David’s mistake was a big deal.  He hurt himself, his neighbor, and a soldier in his army; his mistake did not just hurt himself.  There were many consequences to David’s actions.   

In 2 Samuel 12:13, we read that David confessed to Nathan, the prophet.  David knew that he had sinned against the Lord.  He was sorry.   

David didn’t just tell Nathan the prophet that he knew he sinned.  David also confessed to God.  In Psalm 51, we read David’s conversation with God where he asked for God to forgive him.  David knew that God was full of love and compassion.  Because of that, he asked God to forgive him.  He admitted his sin.  He told God that he knew that what he had done was wrong.  He told God he was sorry, and he asked God for a fresh start.  In verse 10, we read that David asked God to “create a clean heart” within him.  David was asking for God to completely erase his sin and help him to start again.  

Grab your dry erase board from earlier and erase the inside of the heart that you colored in.  Thank God that He answers our prayers, and He forgives our sins.  He is the only one who can create in us a clean heart. 


Ask God to create a clean heart within you todayIs there anything you need to ask God to forgive you forHave you been disobedientHave you complainedDo you have a grumpy spiritAsk the Lord for forgiveness but also ask for a clean heart so that you can start againThank Him for His answers! 

May Memory Verse:

“Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.”

Using the daily reading prompts from George H. Guthrie’s Read the Bible for Life, here’s how to use this devotional:
  1. Bring your Bible!  Your kids need to see that everything you are reading to them or learning about comes from an actual Bible!
  2. Each day starts with a reading prompt.  Read the selection as a family.  If your kids are readers, encourage them to read along with you.
  3. After you’ve read the passage, read the short devotional thought that goes along with each passage.
  4. Prayer and application are important any time we read God’s word!  After each devotional, there is a challenge to help apply what your family has read that day.
  5. There is a reading for six days of the week.  The last reading of the week is a Gospel Conversation Prompt to help you connect the reading from the week with God’s plan for salvation.

Other Resources:

May Memory Verse

May memory verse song

May memory verse coloring sheet

May Fill-in the blank activity

May Prayer Calendar