A Prayer of Lament

When tragedy strikes our world, our communities, and our lives there seems to be no other response but grief. The Scriptures show us the example of prayers of lament when circumstance are drastic. In light of the 2016 shootings in Orlando, this is our prayer of lament.

Father in heaven, as we witnessed the results of the horrific terror that hit Orlando last week, we are drawn to our knees in prayer. Our world is shocked and looking for answers. As your people, we turn to you, our loving and sovereign Father, and we cry out together…

Lord, come quickly…

Father, this world appears to be so far from what you have designed. We search for words to express the unspeakable grief felt by so many. Flags at half-staff and moments of silence feel like a drop in the bucket, as tears flow and shouts ring out, piercing the darkness. We confess we know not how to mourn. Even so, together we pray…

Lord, come quickly…

Father, we ask that you would be the ever-present help in this time of trouble. For the thousands affected directly by this act, we pray for grace and mercy. Please mobilize your church in that community- to be the church- and shower them with wisdom from above; that in every word spoken and deed done your glory and goodness would be known and seen. We lift our voices in unity with your church in Orlando and together we say…

Lord, come quickly…

Father, you promise that your glory will fill this earth as waters cover the sea. Your prophets speak of the day where weapons of war will be beaten into plows and the lion and the lamb will lie down together. In this shattered world in which we live, we look to you in faith, declaring our trust in you for your coming kingdom. We know that Jesus has dethroned death, and that the day is approaching where sin and death will be completely swallowed up in victory. Until that day arrives, we look to you in hope and we call out…

Lord, come quickly. Christ, have mercy.