A Prayer of Lament

“Save me, O God,for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in the miry depths,where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me.I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched. My eyes fail, looking for my God.” Psalm 69: 1-3

When it comes to pain many of us try to avoid it, but the authors of the Old Testament encourages us to lean into it, to face the grief, pain and disappointments in our life. Rather than pretending they don’t exist or are okay. When we choose not to feel the pain of events or circumstances in our life we can hinder ourselves from being able to fully heal and allow God to transform us. This week we want to practice allowing ourselves to feel deeply with God, bringing the honesty of pain experienced from unanswered prayers either past or present.

Ways to Lament:

Choose one or both of these to try each day this week.

1. Read through the book of Lamentations, Job, Jeremiah or Psalms (of Lament). Put yourself in the place of the author, relating to places in your life where you have experienced loss, disappointment or hurt.

2. Spend 10-20 min journaling honestly with God your feelings of lament.

Book How to Pray Chapter 7 – Unanswered Prayer
Book God on Mute by Pete Greig
Video The Bible Project – Job
Video The Bible Project – Lamentations