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How to Talk to God When Life’s a Mess: The ABC’s of Prayer—Psalm 13. The Big Picture: The Kindergarten Cookbook. We Don’t Need a Ph.D. to Pray. All We Need Are the ABC’s: A sk God: “Why?” B eg God: “Help!” C elebrate God: “Thanks!”. The Big Idea.

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The big picture the kindergarten cookbook

The Big Picture: Prayer—Psalm 13The Kindergarten Cookbook


The big idea

The Big Idea


When life s a mess a sk god why and how long psalm 13 1 2

When Prayer—Psalm 13Life’s a Mess, Ask God—“Why?” and “How Long?” Psalm 13:1-2


When life s a mess a sk god why and how long psalm 13 1 21

When Prayer—Psalm 13Life’s a Mess, Ask God—“Why?” and “How Long?” Psalm 13:1-2

“How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?” (Psalm 13:1-2).


How long

“How Long?” Prayer—Psalm 13

How long will You forget, O LORD?

How long? How long?

How I long to see Your face, O LORD.

How long will You hide? 


How long1

“How Long?” Prayer—Psalm 13

How I struggle with my thoughts, O LORD.

How long? How long?

Suffer sorrow in my heart, O LORD?

How long will You hide?

How long? How long?


How long2

“How Long? Prayer—Psalm 13

Look on me, give an answer, LORD.

How long? How long?

Give me light or I can live no more;

How long will You hide? 


How long3

“How Long?” Prayer—Psalm 13

My foes rejoice when they see me fall.

How long? How long?

“We have overcome him now,” they call

How long will You hide from me?

How long? How long until You set me free?

How long?


How long4

“How Long?” Prayer—Psalm 13

Hear, O LORD, You’re ever good to me.

How long? How long?

My heart rejoices how You set me free!

How long will You hide? 


How long5

“How Long?” Prayer—Psalm 13

LORD I sing for what I’m hoping of.

How long? How long?

How I trust in Your unfailing love!

How long will You hide?

How long? How long? How long? How long?

Will You wait forever? How long?


A sk god why and how long about god psalm 13 1

A Prayer—Psalm 13sk God “Why?” and “How Long?” about God: Psalm 13: 1

“How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?” (Psalm 13:1).


How long o lord will you misplace me forever psalm 13 1a

Prayer—Psalm 13How Long, O LORD, Will You Misplace Me? Forever?”: Psalm 13:1a

“How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?” (Psalm 13:1).


How long o lord will you play hide and seek with me psalm 13 1b

Prayer—Psalm 13How Long, O LORD, Will You Play Hide-and-Seek with Me?” Psalm 13:1b

“How long will you hide your face from me?” (Psalm 13:1).


How long o lord will you play hide and seek with me psalm 13 1b1

Prayer—Psalm 13How Long, O LORD, Will You Play Hide-and-Seek with Me?” Psalm 13:1b

“The LORD bless you and keep you. The LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace”

(Numbers 6:24-26).


A sk god why and how long about ourselves

A Prayer—Psalm 13sk God “Why?” and “How Long?” about Ourselves

“How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and everyday have sorrow in my heart?” (Psalm 13:2).


A sk god why and how long about others

A Prayer—Psalm 13sk God “Why?” and “How Long?” about Others

“How long will my enemy triumph over me? My enemy will say, ‘I have overcome him,’ and my foes will rejoice when I fall” (Psalm 13:2b, 4).


When life s a mess b eg god help psalm 13 3

When Life’s a Mess, Prayer—Psalm 13Beg God—“Help!” Psalm 13:3

“Look on me and answer, O LORD my God. Give light to my eyes or I will sleep in death” (Psalm 13:3).


B eg god to see and act strongly on your behalf psalm 13 3

B Prayer—Psalm 13eg God to See and Act Strongly on Your Behalf: Psalm 13:3

“Look down from heaven and see, from your lofty throne, holy and glorious. Where are your zeal and your might? Your tenderness and compassion are withheld from us” (Isaiah 63:15).


B eg god to see and act strongly on your behalf psalm 13 31

“She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: ‘You are the God who sees me,’ for she said, ‘I have now seen the One who sees me’” (Genesis 16:13).

Beg God to See and Act Strongly on Your Behalf: Psalm 13:3


B eg god for sight and strength to act strongly on god s behalf psalm 13 3

B are eg God for Sight and Strength to Act Strongly on God’s Behalf: Psalm 13:3

“Give light to my eyes or I will sleep in death” (Psalm 13:3).


When life s a mess celebrate god thanks psalm 13 5 6

When Life’s a Mess, Celebrate God—“Thanks!”: Psalm 13:5-6

“But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me” (Psalm 13:5-6).


When life s a mess celebrate god thanks psalm 13 5 61

When Life’s a Mess, Celebrate God—“Thanks!”: Psalm 13:5-6

“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls…” (Habakkuk 3:17-19)


When life s a mess celebrate god thanks psalm 13 5 62

When Life’s a Mess, Celebrate God—“Thanks!”: Psalm 13:5-6

“…yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights” (Habakkuk 3:17-19).


T hank god for his loyal love psalm 13 5

T 13:5-6hank God for His Loyal Love: Psalm 13:5

“But I trust in your unfailing love (hesed); my heart rejoices in your salvation” (Psalm 13:5).


T hank god for his gracious goodness psalm13 6

T 13:5-6hank God for His Gracious Goodness: Psalm13:6

“I willsing to the LORD, for he has been good to me” (Psalm 13:6).


The big question when life s a mess will we practice the abc s of prayer

The Big Question: 13:5-6When Life’s a Mess, Will We Practice the ABC’s of Prayer?



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