Desperate for God Bible Reading Challenge

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

Welcome to the Desperate for God Bible reading and prayer journal challenge!

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-word 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.

Desperate for God Bible Reading 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.


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  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: #praisehimanyway #biblereadingplan
  2. Recommended: Journal your thoughts and prayers using the Desperate for God: 31 Prayers of Men and Women in the Bible digital download or paperback journal.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

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

By his grace,


One Comment

  1. This one was a real up and down for me. I started the month really getting into the Journaling and doing the reflections, etc., but as the month progressed it was a challenge to do the reflections because they seemed to trigger emotions i wasn’t ready to deal with. Having a hard time finishing., but doing my best to at least do the readings.

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