A time of prayer

Hands held open with letters spelling pray.
Through a reflection on Job in the Bible, take some time to reflect, then write and submit your prayer. 

(Average read time: 1 minute)

In the Bible, when Job and many others go through times of mourning and despair, we see them cry out to God for help through a type of prayer known as a lament. Job’s life is in turmoil and he feels completely helpless. He comes before God, acknowledging his inadequacies, knowing he can’t change things in his own strength, prepared to hear what the Lord has to say.

Job 42:2

I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.’

Lament is a place where we put our sorrows in God’s hands, trusting wholly in his wisdom, goodness, mercy and grace. It is the first step towards true hopefulness. 

As we look at our own world today – communities still healing from a pandemic, countries at war, and the cost of living driving a crisis of debt and poverty here in the UK – it’s easy to feel similarly overwhelmed by despair and helplessness. But just like Job, we can come before God in prayer. 

Jeremiah 29:12–13

Then you will call on me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek with all your heart.’

Time to pray

Write your prayer of lament for those suffering due to the rising cost of living. Your prayer will be read at an event in London, with an audience of decision-makers and church leaders. 

Need to pray for something?

Write out your prayer