By Debbie Przybylski – Crosswalk.com
“It seems to me
that we do not need to be taught how to lament since we have so many models in
Scripture. What we need is simply the assurance that it’s okay to lament. We
all carry deep within ourselves a pressurized reservoir of tears. It takes only
the right key at the right time to unlock them. In God’s perfect time, these
tears can be released to form a healing flood. That’s the beauty and the
mystery of the prayer of lament.” – Michael Card
Did you know that even in sadness you can worship God in prayer?
You can worship Him in the midst of difficulty through a prayer of lament. There are many of these kinds of prayers in Scripture. All the major Bible characters poured their hearts out to God in lament. This is a type of prayer that we rarely hear about, yet at times, it is a necessary part of each one of our prayer lives.
When experiencing the dark night of the soul, prayers of lament are so helpful. We live in a broken world where things do not always go right. There are times when we don’t know what God is doing or which way to turn. Bringing before God a prayer of lament can make all the difference in the world, because God actually changes us during these times when we pour out our hearts to Him.