How to Pray Like David

I have been reading through the book of Psalms for my personal devotions. Filled with prayers and songs, Psalms is an encouraging collection of writings that plead with God for deliverance, forgiveness, and mercy.

As I’ve read the psalms, I’ve been challenged by studying the prayers of David, seeing how he came before God with humility and confidence.

I have always found it difficult to ask God for deliverance with a humble, submissive attitude. My heart tends to wrestle with questions like:

  • How am I supposed to ask God for deliverance from this circumstance while still believing His current plan for my life is good?
  • What if it’s not His will to deliver me?
  • Is it even right for me to ask God to change my circumstances?

The Bible is clear that the answer to that is yes! We are free to ask God to change our circumstances. However, we must carefully guard our attitude towards God in our pleas.

Psalm 70 is one of David’s many cries for deliverance. From this chapter, I found four specific ways we can pattern our prayers for deliverance after the king who was known as “the man after God’s own heart.”

1. Cry Out

Make haste, O God, to deliver me! O LORD, make haste to help me! Let them be put to shame and confusion who seek my life! Let them be turned back and brought to dishonor who delight in my hurt! Let them turn back because of their shame who say, “Aha, Aha!” (vv. 1–3)

David begins his prayer with a plea for help and deliverance from his enemies. It may seem foolish to begin with something so painfully obvious, but we must not overlook the power of simply asking God for help. We can plead with the One who knows us fully and loves us deeply.

2. Rejoice

May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!” (v. 4)

Even in the turmoil and stress of difficult circumstances, David took time to rejoice in God. He knew that there is great joy to be found in marveling at the character of God.

We can find comfort in declaring who God is. Even when we approach God with our hurts and fears, we must not forget to find joy in proclaiming His goodness and love.

3. Know Who You Are

But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! (v. 5)

David approached the throne of grace with appropriate and honest humility. We are not entitled. We are not enough. We need help.

When we pray for deliverance, there is no room for pride. We will only see the true glory of the Father when we realize the depth of our need for Him.

4. Know Who God Is

You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay! (v. 5)

David does not waver in his prayer to his God. He is confident. Do you pray to God with confidence? He is our help. God is a mighty deliverer, able to save us from any enemy. Our prayers should reflect our knowledge and hope in God.

Even if God chooses not to change our circumstances, He is still good. That will never change. You can be confident in His character and care.

Pray Like David

I do not know what you may be facing today, friends. We live in a broken and painful world where we often find ourselves in need of help and hope.

The next time you find yourself in a place where you need deliverance, remember how our King David prayed.

Confidently seek the Father. He is still listening.

About Author

Alathia Hayes is a graciously forgiven college sophomore with a passion for writing and strong coffee. When she’s not writing or studying, you will likely find her playing piano, perusing local used book shops, or participating in an epic round of Mario Kart with her brothers.

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