Daily Prayer

November 23

Lament: Practice of Rest

Caitlin Brown
  • Take a few minutes to get comfortable and do what you need to do to be able to focus in prayer for a few minutes,
    put your feet on the floor, and turn your phone, or other distractions away (as much as possible).

  • Opening Prayer from Psalm 27:4:

    Gracious God,
    One thing I have asked of the Lord,
    this is what I seek:
    that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life;
    to behold the beauty of the Lord
    and to seek Him in His temple.
    May we seek you this day and know you more.
    In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

    We are being called to faithfulness in unprecedented times, when the right answer or step forwards in our jobs, in our ministries, or in our lives is not always abundantly clear. We are still called to be faithful Christ followers no matter the clarity of mind. Take a minute, and reflect on the Psalm below.

    Psalm 71 (NIV)

    In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;
        let me never be put to shame.
    In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me;
        turn your ear to me and save me.
    Be my rock of refuge,
        to which I can always go;
    give the command to save me,
        for you are my rock and my fortress.
    Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked,
        from the grasp of those who are evil and cruel.

    For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord,
        my confidence since my youth.
    From birth I have relied on you;
        you brought me forth from my mother’s womb.
        I will ever praise you.
    I have become a sign to many;
        you are my strong refuge.
    My mouth is filled with your praise,
        declaring your splendor all day long.

    Do not cast me away when I am old;
        do not forsake me when my strength is gone.
    10 For my enemies speak against me;
        those who wait to kill me conspire together.
    11 They say, “God has forsaken him;
        pursue him and seize him,
        for no one will rescue him.”
    12 Do not be far from me, my God;
        come quickly, God, to help me.
    13 May my accusers perish in shame;
        may those who want to harm me
        be covered with scorn and disgrace.

    14 As for me, I will always have hope;
        I will praise you more and more.

    15 My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds,
        of your saving acts all day long—
        though I know not how to relate them all.
    16 I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, Sovereign Lord;
        I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone.
    17 Since my youth, God, you have taught me,
        and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.
    18 Even when I am old and gray,
        do not forsake me, my God,
    till I declare your power to the next generation,
        your mighty acts to all who are to come.

    19 Your righteousness, God, reaches to the heavens,
        you who have done great things.
        Who is like you, God?
    20 Though you have made me see troubles,
        many and bitter,
        you will restore my life again;
    from the depths of the earth
        you will again bring me up.
    21 You will increase my honor
        and comfort me once more.

    22 I will praise you with the harp
        for your faithfulness, my God;
    I will sing praise to you with the lyre,
        Holy One of Israel.
    23 My lips will shout for joy
        when I sing praise to you—
        I whom you have delivered.
    24 My tongue will tell of your righteous acts
        all day long,
    for those who wanted to harm me
        have been put to shame and confusion.

    How is God meeting you in these moments of uncertainty today?
    How is God revealing more of God’s self to you today?
    What would it look like to live today remembering you are dwelling in the temple of the Most High?

    Take a minute to express this vision in whatever format is more comfortable to you, drawing, writing, or spoken prayer.

  • Closing Prayer:

    My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and that I think I am following your will does not mean I am actually doing so.

    But I believe the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all I am doing. I hope I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

  •  – Thomas Merton’s Prayer of Abandonment

    Thanks be to God that we are not to face this world alone! May we dwell with the Lord today.