Like skiing, the practices of Lent humble me. They show me my limitations. They draw me back to my own brokenness and need for God.
We tend to focus on God’s goodness and faithfulness. We submit ourselves to His will. We often blame ourselves for our circumstances, focusing on our own sinfulness or the reality of life in a fallen world. That's not what the laments do. They don't just beg God to fix things. They blame God. They demand that He intervene.
The laments invite us to boldly express our pain, anger, and fear to God with visceral honesty. They seek an answer from the only One who can bring relief. They keep seeking. They stay in dialogue.
Sometimes we can focus solely on praising God's character and works, but sometimes our hearts are broken and we are confronted with the brokenness of the world. In these places, maybe we can blend our praise and prayer. We can choose to seek and to trust God in spite of our circumstances, letting our praise lead us to prayer for His kingdom to come. #TrustGod #Prayer
When we don't know how to pray, the Spirit intercedes and God gives us words. Sometimes, though, the words aren't the ones we expected. #TrustGod