Theme for the Week: Lament

The biblical theme of lament is often overlooked, but it’s intended for our encouragement as it fuels our intercession. The suffering of this world is real, but the God of Scripture draws near to us in our suffering, inviting us to bring our laments to Him. For refugees in transit, or those who have already arrived, let us cry out to God on their behalf, bringing before Him the injustice of their experience, bearing their pain and brokenness, and asking God for their relief.

Verses

LORD, how many are my foes!
How many rise up against me!
Many are saying of me “God will not deliver him.” But you, LORD, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who li s my head high. Arise, LORD! Deliver me, my God!
Strike all my enemies on the jaw;
break the teeth of the wicked.
From the LORD comes deliverance.
May your blessing be on your people.

Lord, see how my enemies persecute me!
Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death,
that I may declare your praises
in the gates of Daughter Zion,
and there rejoice in your salvation.

How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?

Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.

But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for he has been good to me.

Prayer for the Week

God of our salvation,
We cry out to You on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of men, women and children who have been forced from their homes, separated from family, and who are landing on European shores.

You have broken our hearts with news of their immense suffering, and we are moved by their struggle to remake their lives. We pray for an end to their suffering. We pray that You would move Your body of believers to respond in love.

We pray that these, children made in Your image, would be met in their suffering by Christ, the true Image of God. Would You comfort, deliver and save.

In the name of Christ, who is our deliverance, who suffered as we suffer, and who makes all things new,
Amen.

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