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Psalm 13 (ESV)

1 How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I take counsel in my soul
and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.

But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.



  1. Read this psalm slowly. Do you find similar feelings as you read the psalmist’s cry for God’s attention?  Pause and ask:  “What am I asking of God”?  Identify your want or need from God.  Look closer to see what deeper desire might be behind it.
  2. Now think of a name for God that is most meaningful to you with respect to the desire just identified. Use this name of God in your prayer for this desire. For example: Powerful God, give me justice; Great physician, heal my hurts from …; Loving Father, forgive my sin of ….
  3. Throughout the day, pray your phrase as often as possible. At the end of the day, think about how God responded to your desire.



Stay with God for a little longer.  Continue to converse with God and listen to what He wants to tell you.  Then write down any thought and/or prayer in your spiritual journal.



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