Authentic Prayer: Hope

Lamentations 3:21-22 GW

“The reason I can still
find hope is that I keep
this one thing in mind:
the LORD’s mercy.”
Lamentations 3:21-22

The Lord brings hope when dreams die.

Lamentations comprises five funeral songs, likely the writings of Jeremiah, the weeping prophet. These dirges convey a nation’s utter despair at its captivity in a distant land, revealing the brokenness of both the physical city of Jerusalem and its citizens. Even the prophet has lost the will to live. Yet there is a reason he still finds hope: the Lord’s mercy.

Biblical hope is more than a wish or desire based on human imagination or emotion. It’s a confident expectancy founded on God. Jeremiah notes that the Lord’s anger hasn’t wiped out his people. His boundless compassion arrives fresh every morning. Jeremiah calls God his “lot” or “portion” (Lamentations 3:24), the only thing left in life and his sole reason for hope. The Lord is good to everyone who looks for his help.

In dark moments you might have no expectation of anything good ever coming your way again. But put your hope in God, whose mercy never ends, and let yourself dream again. Then tell God why you still believe in him.

Inspired by Lamentations 3:21-30

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