Lent Devotions: Day 14
Bringing Our Requests to God
Read: Psalm 71:9-13
Do not cast me off in the time of old age, do not forsake me when my strength is spent. (v. 9)
As we lament, we bring our complaints to God. We open ourselves and hopefully realize we can trust God as we reflect on the ways God has been faithful in our past. From this place of trust we move to bring our requests before God.
We bring our requests to God as we ask God to enter into our circumstances. In some cases, our requests may be the result of our statements of trust in God. As we reflect on the ways God has been faithful in our past, we ask God to continue to be faithful in the future. In other cases, our requests may involve asking God to right a wrong we are experiencing. Our prayers may flow out of our beliefs about God. As we trust that God is love, we can pray that God’s love be made known in the midst of trouble.
Jesus invites us to ask God for the things we need in life (Matthew 7:7-11). Our requests do not indicate a desperate lack of faith or trust in God, but a clear desire for God to intervene. We recognize that in our fallen world, things are not as they should be, and so we ask God to help. We ask God to come into our lives and deliver us. –Jeremy Kreuze
Prayer: Oh Lord, continue to be faithful as you so often have been before.
Trusting God in Lament