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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?
2 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?
3 Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
4 lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.
5 But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
6 I will sing to the Lord,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.
- 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.
- 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 ….
- 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.
Psalm 13 – www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMy9CoDkxDA