Lent Devotions: Day 10
Calling Out in Lament
Read: Psalm 13
How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? (v. 1)
When things are good it is easy to come to God with praise and thanksgiving. Unfortunately, life is not always filled with occasions for praise. Sometimes life is difficult. Sometimes our situations are more than we can handle. It is in these times we turn to God in lament.
A lament is a prayer that begins by crying out to God from a deep sense that something is wrong with the world. Out of pain and despair we call on God as the psalmists do so often. Our cries do not come from a lack of faith, but are, in fact, a sign of faith. We turn to God because God is the only one who can help us. Jesus turned to God in prayers of lament both in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross when he spoke the opening words of Psalm 22, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
During our times of struggle we do not need to hide our feelings and pretend that everything is all right. In the face of the pain and trouble in our world, we have the gift of lament available to us. God calls us to bring our needs before him and promises that our prayers will be heard. Lament is part of an honest, trusting relationship with God. Whatever may be happening in your life right now, know that you can offer it to God in prayer. –Jeremy Kreuze
Prayer: O Lord, help us as we turn to you.