Study Guide – Psalm 77:1-3


1 I cry out to God; yes, I shout.
    Oh, that God would listen to me!
2 When I was in deep trouble,
    I searched for the Lord.
All night long I prayed, with hands lifted toward heaven,
    but my soul was not comforted.
3 I think of God, and I moan,
    overwhelmed with longing for his help. NLT


Have you ever cried out to God without holding back? If you had a lot of emotions bottled up inside, what might a prayer that “holds nothing back” look like?


This psalm begins with a question about whether or not God will hear the prayer. Is this a statement about God or about the person who is praying?


Find all the points of action in these verses. What does the writer of this psalm do in his times of desperate prayer?


Why do you think God wasn’t answering the writer’s prayers quickly?



Brainstorm some ways that you could make your own prayer life more active. Choose 1 or 2 of those ways and practice them in the next 24 hours.


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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