10 Jul

Praying Our Pain

Passage: Psalm 13

Speaker: Patrick King


“Do you feel alone? Unknown? Forgotten? Neglected? Sidelined? Marginalized? Remember who you are. If you are in Christ, the deepest reality of your existence is that God knows you. He knows every nook and cranny of your heart. He knows every failure, every fear. He understands you. He does not merely know about you. He knows you. He has pressed you into the inner recesses of his heart. Forgiven and adopted into his family by grace, you are loved by the Lord Jesus Christ with the very love with which the Father loves him (John 15:9).”

— Dan Ortlund, In the Lord I Take Refugee


Read Psalm 13. What surprises, encourages, or sparks questions for you?

What does this psalm teach us about God? How does this psalm show us something about the character of God that we can praise?

How can lament be proof of a relationship with God? If David is called a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22) how can we pursue the heart of God through honestly praying laments like Psalm 13?

Lament is not only for the suffering. It is also solitary with the suffering. In what global situations or who in your church or personal life can you pray on their behalf a prayer of lament?

What from this psalm do you need to remember, rejoice in, request, or repent of?


Share with your group how they can be praying for you: what is weighing on you from this past week? What are you praising God for from this past week?