Prayers of Lament
The following prayers are based on some of the laments found in the Psalms. During Pastor Dan's series on lamenting, he presented these prayers to the congregation.
A Cry to be heard - February 21, 2016
O Lord, by your grace I am coming to you today. There have been many, many times when it seemed as if you had forgotten me.Though my theology said this doesn't happen, my heart felt forgotten.
I am thankful that in times like these I have the freedom to tell you exactly how I feel. Thank you for being willing to listen to whatever is in my heart.
Although I am not in a place of desperation today, I know many people who are. So I lift them before you now. Thank you Lord, that you hear my prayers and for your unfailing love. I pray in the name of Jesus, Your Son.
a cry for justice - february 28, 2016
O God, open our eyes that we may see the needs of others. Open our ears that we may hear their cries. Open our hearts that we may feel their anguish and their joy.
Let us not be afraid to defend the oppressed, the poor, and the powerless because of the anger and might of the powerful.
Show us where love and hope and faith are needed, and use us to bring them to those places. Open our ears and eyes, our hearts and lives, that we may, in these coming days, be able to do some work of justice and peace for You.
A Cry for Forgiveness - March 6, 2016
Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord. O Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.
If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.
O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with Him is full redemption. He Himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.
A Cry in the Darkness - March 13, 2016
God, Lord Jesus, please help me. I desperately need You right now. I'm all wrung out and I've nothing left. Somehow I need You to turn things around. God, can You help me?