Crying To Be Heard
I’ve written too much on my own frustrations in this area, but I had a minor epiphany of sorts the other day.
Oddly enough, the epiphany came through reading the Psalms and what I learned I’m going to share in hope that it may help you as well.
We need to learn to “lament“.
Many of the Psalms are this sort of prayer…Psalm 102 describes itself perfectly, “A PRAYER OF ONE AFFLICTED, WHEN HE IS FAINT AND POURS OUT HIS COMPLAINT BEFORE THE LORD.”
I think many of us fit that description…
The part that was an epiphany was understanding that by the time the writer cranked out an inspired psalm he had already been praying about the situation at hand and watched it deteriorate as he did.
“How long, Lord…how long”?
Now, that “resonates” with me.
How do we pray like the psalmist when things threaten to overwhelm and overcome us?
These prayers have a basic structure that we can replicate in our own prayers.
- They are prayed…addressed to… spoken to…God. If you’re going to complain, complain to someone who can do something about your complaint. When we invoke God’s name we know that we are speaking to the one through whom all things are possible.
- Tell Him where it hurts, tell him what you need and why you need it. Now is not the time to sound spiritual, now is the time to pour out your heart. Don’t hold back.
- Ask Him to do what only He can do…answer the prayer. If you could answer it yourself, you already would have. Acknowledge that He alone is your hope in the matter.
- Remind Him of why He should answer you…He’s your dad and He promised.
- Promise to praise Him for who He is and what He will do.
- Thank Him for hearing you…and thank Him as if He’s already answered.
Now, using that bible based structure…write out your own lamentation.
Read what psalmists before you have written as a model if need be… Ps. 3, Ps.22, Ps.57, Ps.139 and the one I’m using, Ps.102
Write it as if it were going to be immediately Fed Exed to the throne of grace…because in spiritual terms it is.
I would suggest that you actually write it out…so you get it all out of you and into Him.
Save it as a testimony, a memorial stone if you will, to come back too when you need hope for the next crisis and need to write the next lamentation of your soul.
There will be a next time..
Let me know if this was helpful and if any want to share their own examples, that would help us all.