Desperate for God: 31 Prayers of Men and Women in the Bible

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Desperate for God: 31 Prayers of Men and Women in the Bible

Moments of desperation strike every human heart. Whether tragedy, sickness, or brokenness, the reasons for our despair seem endless.

As I have drenched myself in the Psalms over the last 18 months since my daughter, Taylor’s, death, time after time, Psalm 102:17 has arrested my attention.

“He will respond to the prayer of the destitute.”

I researched the word “destitute” because in my mind, I typically would define destitute as “homeless.” Maybe you too? So I read every major Bible translation of this verse, thinking there might be another word to further explain. But after eight translations, each one used the word “destitute.”

Then I began to read various dictionary definitions of the word “destitute.” While we typically interpret this word as “lacking food, clothing or shelter,” the second definition simply means “lacking.”

“He will respond to the prayer of the lacking.”

You see, it’s not about what we lack. It’s the fact that we are always missing something when we rely on ourselves. It’s when we come to Him in honest desperation that God can do incredible work in our hearts and lives.

I formed a one-sentence prayer in response to Psalm 102. “Lord, I’m desperate. Let it be for You.” Join me as we examine 31 desperate moments in the Bible and the lives of those who echoed this prayer.

INTRODUCTION to the Challenge

Each month I host a monthly Bible reading plan and journal challenge to help our community enjoy reading God’s Word together and encourage our hearts to be faithful to Him.  Together, we have completed over 35 Bible reading plans, including both annual and monthly reading challenges. I’ve developed all sorts of strategies to help us read God’s word faithfully and there is nothing like this monthly system we are working through together.

Many readers have requested that I list our monthly resource at the beginning of this announcement post because you already know you want it and don’t need the details. So here you are! This month’s journal is available for purchase as a digital download.



Check out all the details below!



  1. Follow the daily Bible reading plan and read the passage. Share what you are learning on social media if you’d like. My goal is to draw closer to Jesus and I want that for you too! This month the hashtags are: #desperateforgod #biblereadingplan
  2. Recommended: Journal your thoughts and prayers using the Desperate for God: 31 Prayers of Men and Women in the Bible This simple guide will help you stay focused and accountable. It will also leave a legacy for you to enjoy in the future!
  3. Optional: Join the Facebook group to see what others are learning and sharing. Enjoy our prayer community in the group as we pray for one another’s needs. Be in the know with bonus material such as practical tips, tools, and resources Rachel shares, Facebook live videos, and recently added focused music playlists based on the monthly Bible reading challenge topic.

Desperate for God Bible Reading Printable

Desperate for God: 31 Prayers of Men and Women in the Bible BIBLE READING PLAN

  1. Genesis 15:1-17

2. Genesis 22:1-19

3. Genesis 24:1-26

4. Genesis 32:1-20

5. Exodus 2:23-24, 3:1-7

6. Exodus 32:7-35

7. Numbers 12:1-16

8. Joshua 10:1-15

9. Judges 6:1-24

10. Judges 7:7-31

11. I Samuel 1:1-26

12. I Samuel 2:1-11

13. 2 Samuel 5:17-25

14. 2 Samuel 7:18-29

15. I Kings 18:16-39

16. 2 Kings 6:8-17

17. 2 Kings 6:18-23

18. 2 Kings 13:1-9

19. 2 Kings 20:1-11

20. 1 Chronicles 4:1-9

21. 2 Chronicles 6:12-42

22. 2 Chronicles 18:28-34

23. 2 Chronicles 33:1-20

24. Ezra 9:1-15

25. Nehemiah 1:1-10

26. Jeremiah 14:19-22

27. Lamentations 5:1-22

28. Daniel 2:1-23

29. Daniel 2:19-48

30. Jonah 2:1-10

31. Habakkuk 3:1-19

Download your book and screenshot the graphic to your smartphone to mark it as a favorite for easy daily digital access. You could also use a simple printable copy of the daily reading plan. Click on the graphic titles above or HERE to print out a copy of the Bible reading plan printable. Share one with a friend!

Ready? We’ll begin November 1st, just as we do each month!

By his grace,


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  1. Beautiful theme, iam desperate for God

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