DAY 1:

LAMENTATIONS BRINGS HEALING

As a gracious heavenly Father, God knows that the act of lamenting may heal our broken souls and our broken world.

Lament is not:

• Lament is not despairing.
In reality, lament is a relative of joy. Think about what Jesus said in Matthew 5:4, Blessed are those who mourn.” 

• Lament is not whining or self-pity.
Self-pity is just about me—my pain, and my problems. Lament opens us up, connecting us to the larger story that God is writing.

• Lament is not guilting.
Motivating people through condemning guilt rather than through the convicting work of the Spirit, doesn’t change anything. It typically leads to more division, more bitterness and more resentment on every side.

Lament is:

• Lament expresses deep sorrow, loss, grief or regret.
Without lament we often end up with a superficial faith and a stunted compassion, presenting a shallow faith to a hurting world that doesn’t want easy answers.

• Lament brings pain into God’s presence.
If we don’t see the necessity of lamenting over suffering and pain, we will forget the reality of suffering and pain.

• Lament connects us to a larger story with a larger God.
When we lament, we leave behind a small story with a small, manageable god.

• Lament causes us to grow in compassion.
Lament says, “I hurt, but I see that you are hurting also.”

Let’s take time to engage in the biblical call to lament. 
 

Prayer Points

  1. Pray the communal psalms of lament, which express deep sorrow for the travails of a nation and a people, and are asking for God’s blessing or intervention (Psalms 44, 60, 74, 79, 80, 85, 90).
  2. In what specific ways do I need my heart softened? Where do I need to turn toward the “other” in this hour?
  3. Is there any point of conviction that the Holy Spirit is bringing to my heart that I need to respond to in repentance?

DAY 2:

PRAYING THE LOVE OF GOD OVER FOURSQUARE

During this Pentecost season, may we examine ourselves as our nation is reeling from the effects of hatred and strife. It cannot be lost on us that the first word describing the fruit or evidence of a Spirit-baptized life is love. We hear the reverberating sound of John the Beloved, “God is love.” We pay close attention as Jesus described the command that fulfills all the law and prophets, “Love the Lord your God with all . . . and your neighbor as yourself,” then portrays “neighbor” as one different from us. Let us be people motivated and compelled by love because of the work of the Spirit in our hearts.

Prayer Points

1.     Pray for a fresh baptism in the Holy Spirit that produces and bears the fruit of love.
 2.     Pray that all barriers that divide be torn down, labels that harm be eliminated, and that hatred and strife cease and are replaced with love and joy. 
 3.     Pray that the Holy Spirit will give our nation’s leaders wisdom, guidance, and courage to address and bring change to all systemic issues in the fabric of our country that cause harm and division.

 

DAY 3:

THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRITWE ARE UNITED AS ONE

 

 

 

The same Holy Spirit we celebrate distributing gifts in 1 Corinthians 12:11, also assembles and unites us as diverse members of the body of Christ from nations, races, tribes and contexts.

“If one member suffers, all suffer together. . . .” (1 Corinthians 12:26, ESV)

The Spirit places us into the body of Christ, and when there is an injury to this body, the other members surround and help. “Body” is a spiritual reality for our interconnectedness as followers of Jesus Christ reflecting the Spirit’s unity and design. When part of the body suffers, we all do. If we do not, are we really behaving as a body? 

Prayer Points

1.     Lord, as we are connected in Your Body, there are members who are suffering; and so, we all suffer together. Help us to understand, to feel, and to surround and help.
Oh Lord, lead us and unite us by Your Spirit.
 2.     Lord, for all who are weary, hurting and feel misunderstood, may they no longer be alone but supported.
Oh Lord, lead us and unite us by Your Spirit.
 3.     Lord, may we all have eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts to love.
Oh Lord, lead us and unite us by Your Spirit.