Today's passage: Lamentations 5
- We see in today's prayer a devastating list of the realities in Jerusalem at this time in her history.
- Jeremiah was praying what God already knew and yet, Jeremiah's prayer has been preserved for us as God's own word.
- Christians, cast “all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7
- Jeremiah confesses the sin of the people and then calls on God for rescue based on His promises and His attributes. (Verses 15-22).
- Paul answers this question of complete rejection in Romans 11:1-2 and following.
Questions to consider:
- How can the apparent honesty and rawness of Jeremiah's prayer be an encouragement to us and our prayer life? Does God already know what is in your heart? How would your honesty with God encourage your relationship with Him?
- What would this prayer be without verse 16? If the hardships of our lives are never our fault or God's loving discipline, then how are we perceiving God? What is the right view which yields the fruits of joy and peace?
- How does Jeremiah's tone and wording in this prayer remind us that the God who is transcendent in His being is also a God who is near? How amazing is it that the God of the universe is also a “very present help”? (Psalm 46)