Teach Us to Pray, Part 5

Lament Prayer
June 27, 2021 | By Paul Crouthamel

Lament is an essential conversation followers of Jesus learn to have with their Heavenly Father. It’s how we fill the gap between hope and despair, between the painful present and our desired future.


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The Second Mark
A disciple is one who pursues the lifestyle of Jesus.

Passionate expression of grief or sorrow, a cry or howl or deep moan of the heart.

Lamentations 3:22-24
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him. The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.

Biblical Lament
Passionate expression of grief or sorrow wrapped in trust.

Paul Miller
“A lament connects God’s past promises with my present chaos, hoping for a better future.”

In Times of Lament
1. Where are you God?
2. If you love me, why is this happening?

Psalm 77:7-9
Will the Lord spurn forever, and never again be favorable? Has his steadfast love forever ceased? Are his promises at an end for all time? Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he in anger shut up his compassion?

Psalm 10:1
Why, O Lord, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

Psalm 22:1-2
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest.

Week One
Acknowledge God first – His Name, His kingdom, His will then your desires, relationships, future.

Week Two
Practicing the presence of God, demonstrating dependence and your need for Him and His help.

Week Three
Confession and Repentance – Knowing who God is, who I am, and what God does.

Week Four
Bringing our petitions to God and interceding for others, not focusing on the answer but on His glory, drawing people to Him.

Prayer of Lament
1. Turn
2. Complain
3. Ask
4. Trust

Psalm 13:1,2
How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

2 Corinthians 12:8,9
Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Psalm 13:5,6
But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.

Psalm 13:5,6
“I have trusted in your steadfast love.”

Psalm 13:5,6
“My heart will rejoice in your salvation.”

Psalm 13:5,6
“I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.”