Repeating Prayers – Psalm 70 Devotional

Psalm 70 is a repetition of the last few verses in Psalm 40. There are a couple of slight differences, but it is largely the same. 

“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!” May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!” But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay!” 

Psalm 70:1-5

The repetition of these words show us that the psalms are useful in different circumstances. It also shows us that sometimes it’s necessary to repeat our prayers. We don’t repeat our prayers because God doesn’t hear us or because he needs reminding, but rather, repeating our prayers reminds us to remain hopeful and trust in God. It also reminds us that we are utterly reliant on him. 

Sister, I encourage you to take this short, powerful psalm and pray its words no matter your current needs. If you are tired, angry, hurt, longing, happy, or anything in between, adapt this psalm to your current circumstances and pray it out loud for a week, or a month if you can. It’ll changes things, I promise. God longs to hear his people seek him. He is here for you and waiting for you to come to him. 

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Comments 2

  1. “Repeating our prayers reminds us to remain hopeful and trust in God.”

    This is so true. He heard us the first time, and he knew our request before that. Keeping our focus on the hope we have by praying again is a great plan.

  2. I love how you are doing this series on praying through the Psalms! Psalm 70 is just a great example of how to pray. “But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer…” <— YES! Pinned. Thank you, April for linking up at InstaEncouragements!

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