Prayer of Lament – Answer of Assurance

Since our COVID-19 life began, I have been offered many precious opportunities to listen to friends and family and hear their songs of lament. Laments share our most vulnerable and heart-felt moments of pain, suffering, and loss. Laments are directed to God – in trust and hope that He will hear, and He will answer.

In that regard, I have composed a number of one sentence prayers of lament and coupled them with the reply of God from Haggai 2:5. These laments have a singular motivation. I am taking the worries, problems, fears, sorrows, and cares of my family and friends before my God and asking for Him to respond in an intimate, life-affirming, loving way.

It is my prayer that the Lord meets you, my friend, where you need Him most. I pray:

My Lord, I’m afraid. My God, I confess. I am terrified.

My Spirit remains among you, my child. Do not fear.

My Lord, my soul is weary. My God, I am heart-sick.

My Spirit remains among you, my child. Do not fear.

My Lord, I don’t understand what is going on in my community, in my country, in my world. My God, I just don’t understand.

My Spirit remains among you, my child. Do not fear.

My Lord, why am I so tired? My God, I’m exhausted.

My Spirit remains among you, my child. Do not fear.

My Lord, my body aches with pain. My God, I’m hurting.

My Spirit remains among you, my child. Do not fear.

My Lord, my future is unclear. My God, I’m so unsure.

My Spirit remains among you, my child. Do not fear.

My Lord, my heart is anxious. My God, I’m so discouraged.

My Spirit remains among you, my child. Do not fear.

My Lord, I am angry. I am outraged by the lack of compassion and the lack of justice I observe in my community. There is so much misunderstanding and misinterpretation. No one is listening. What can I do?

My Spirit remains among you, my child. Do not fear.

My Lord, I am isolated and separated from those I love. My God, I am so lonely.

My Spirit remains among you, my child. Do not fear.

My Lord, I am restless. My God, I’m so unsettled and unnerved by what I read, what I see, and what I hear – whose truth do I pay attention to at this moment in time?

My Spirit remains among you, my child. Do not fear.

My Lord, my spirit is disturbed within me. My God I don’t like how I feel.

My Spirit remains among you, my child. Do not fear.

My Lord, my heart is troubled by the hate and division I see – all over the world. My God, I am so sad and disheartened by the lack of intentional, mature and measured engagement.

My Spirit remains among you, my child. Do not fear.

My Lord, my child is beyond my reach, Lord. My God, I feel helpless.

My Spirit remains among you, my child. Do not fear.

My Lord, my job has been eliminated. My God, I have no future.

My Spirit remains among you, my child. Do not fear.

My Lord, my enemies have triumphed. My God, I have no one to stand for me in my defense. I am at a complete loss.

My Spirit remains among you, my child. Do not fear.

My Lord, my marriage is unraveling. My God, I don’t know what to do.

My Spirit remains among you, my child. Do not fear.

My Lord, my cancer is spreading. My God, my body is frail and weak.

My Spirit remains among you, my child. Do not fear.

My Lord, my parent has passed away. I never dreamed this would happen now. So soon. My heart is broken.

My Spirit remains among you, my child. Do not fear.

My Lord, this is not where I expected myself to be at this point in my life. My God, I’ve failed.

My Spirit remains among you, my child. Do not fear.

My Lord, I was betrayed. My God, I feel lost and abandoned.

My Spirit remains among you, my child. Do not fear.

My Lord, what is the point of any of this? I am disconsolate and despairing.

My Spirit remains among you, my child. Do not fear.

My Lord, where are you? Are you near? Do you see us? Do you hear us? Are you listening? Your word promises, “My Spirit remains among you, my child. Do not fear.” Is this possible, Lord? With every cry we have shared, is it true we can experience and trust your Spirit to be beside us, before us, behind us, all around us, and with us? Can we lean against You and feel the assurance of your strength? Will you help us be brave?

You say:

The righteous cry out, and I, the Lord hear them;
I deliver them from all their troubles.
I, The Lord am close to the brokenhearted
and save those who are crushed in spirit.

New International Version, Psalm 34: 17-18

You assure us:

I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

New International Version, John 14:18

You promise:

Now, may the Lord of peace himself, give you peace at all times, and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

New International Version, 2 Thessalonians 3:16

We answer:

We trust you, Lord. Our hope is in you. We believe your promises and we pray you will guide us now – even during this heart-stretching time of uncertainty and change. Hear our laments, O God. We look to you with our eyes fixed upon you in faith, hope, trust, and love. Yes, Lord. We love you.

Amen and Amen

8 thoughts on “Prayer of Lament – Answer of Assurance

  1. Oh Heather…thanks for this. I will be reading/ praying this often in the weeks ahead.

    1. Thank you, Mary. I pray you experience Holy Spirit in a very precious and affirming way this week and in the days ahead. All my love, heather

  2. Thank you for the encouragement. I feel I have no one to turn to BUT GOD.And He is certainly sufficient!

    1. I love you, Shirley. May our Lord’s care enfold you and be very real to you – especially in those moments when you feel most alone. All my love, heather

  3. Thank you Heather. So beautifully written, I will be praying this often.
    Amen! He will not leave us. He is with us. A real encouragement this morning.

    1. I love you, Pam. We are praying for you! May our Lord bless you, keep you, be gracious to you, and fill you with his love and peace. Love you lots, heather

  4. Beautiful lament, Heather. Thank you for gathering our heartaches and thoughts and weaving them into a prayer. Love you, sister friend.

    1. Thank you, Renee. May our Lord continue to bring you and your family joy and peace in the midst of these troubling times. Love you! ❤

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