PRAYER: Prayer Of Lament, by Laurence Hull Stookey

prayer of lament

From Let the Whole Church Say Amen! A Guide for Those Who Pray in Public

O God, you are our help and strength, Psalm 124:8
our refuge in the time of trouble. Psalm 37:39
In you our ancestors trusted; Psalm 22:4
They trusted and you delivered them.
When we do not know how to pray as we ought,
your very Spirit intercedes for us
with sighs too deep for words. Romans 8:26
We plead for the intercession now, Gracious One.
For desolation and destruction are in our streets, Isaiah 59:7
and terror dances before us. Job 41:22
Our hearts faint; our knees tremble;
our bodies quake; all faces grow pale. Nahum 2:10
Our eyes are spent from weeping
and our stomachs churn. Lamentations 2:11
How long, O Lord, how long Isaiah 6:11
must we endure this devastation?
How long will destruction lay waste at noonday? Psalm 91:6
Why does violence flourish
while peace is taken prisoner?
Rouse yourself! Do not cast us off in times of trouble. Psalm 44:23
Come to our help;
redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love. Psalm 44:26
For you are a gracious God
abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. Exodus 34:6
By the power of the cross, 1 Corinthians 1:17
through which you redeemed the world,
bring to an end hostility Ephesians 2:14
and establish justice in the gate. Amos 5:15
For you will gather together your people into that place
where mourning and crying and pain
will be no more,
and tears will be wiped from every eye. Revelation 21:4
Hasten the day, O God for our salvation.
Accomplish it quickly! Amen. Isaiah 60:22


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