Lament: When Prayer Becomes Tears
P. Douglas Small
Why isn't the church weeping? Lament is raw honest prayer. A century ago, perhaps as recently as fifty years ago, travail was as common in Pentecostal congregations as were corporate prayer sessions. There were times in which an entire congregation tarried before God in prayer and wept. In such a season, groaning in the Spirit still was a common practice. Lament is not reflected in our public nor private worship. When we do weep, it is rarely before God in prayer. Is the church no longer a place that admits those who weep and mourn? Isn't there a blessing for the mourner promised by Jesus, himself, a word for those who need comfort? Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4
P. Douglas Small is a Bible teacher and prayer leader. He has served as a pastor and on the faculty of a number of accredited Bible Colleges. He is an Ordained Bishop and International Director of Prayer Ministries with the Church of God. He is the founding president of Alive Ministries: PROJECT PRAY, teaching and training through schools of prayer and consultations for congregations and cities, working with pastors, vocational Christians and intercessors. He is chair of the PCCNA Prayer Commission and a member of the Executive Leadership team of the Denominational Prayer Leaders Network. Doug is married to Barbara Ruth with whom he shares five children and twenty grandchildren.