Learning Lament [Jeremiah 29:4-14] Icebreaker: If you could take back one gift you have given in your life, what would it be? Discussion Questions 1. How does recognizing the context of Jeremiah 29:11 change how you understand this famous verse? 2. Why do you think that lament is important? What about it makes you uncomfortable? 3. Read Psalm 130 (or Psalm 22) looking for the following pattern: Lament leads to petition. Petition leads to expectation. Expectation leads to praise for God’s response to petition. Pray: Practice a prayer of lament together as a group, consider using the following prompt:
Father God we lament: (Insert circumstance, news story, broken relationship, hardship) _______________, we know it breaks your heart and grieves the Holy Spirit. This is not the way it is supposed to be.Give your people grace to (suggest Biblical response, witness, encouragement). Come quickly Lord Jesus and make all things right.