Study Guide – Psalm 102:1-3



1 Lord, hear my prayer!
    Listen to my plea!
2 Don’t turn away from me
    in my time of distress.
Bend down to listen,
    and answer me quickly when I call to you.
3 For my days disappear like smoke,
    and my bones burn like red-hot coals. NLT


The ancient title added to this psalm states that it was written as “a prayer of one overwhelmed with trouble, pouring out problems before the Lord.” How do these sorts of psalms make the Bible an authentic source of truth for our lives?


Look at the urgency of verses 1-2. What does it say about God that we can begin prayer with this sort of immediacy?


Describe the imagery of God “bending down” his ear in verse 2. What could you compare this to?


Describe the intensity that the writer of this psalm has in verse 3.



Some people believe that they must “have it together” when they pray. What would the writer of this psalm have to say about that idea?



Respond to this psalm. Either 1) run into prayer with your own raw troubles or 2) run into prayer with the raw troubles of people you know. Take this opportunity to pour out problems before the Lord.


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Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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