This paper sets out to explore the delicate balance between lament and intercession versus penitence and stunned silence in the fact of God’s awesomeness. How can we know which approach to take when we draw near to God in supplication? To what extent does it depend on the quality of the sin or the size of the punishment, or does it depend on our own feelings of guilt or innocence? Is lament and intercession always an open possibility or are there times when it would be inappropriate. This paper explores some of the responses to suffering recorded in the book of Job and Lamentations, as well as the prayers in Isa 63:7-64:11 and Neh 9 in order to see whether we can find any guidelines that may be applicable for us today.
|Title of host publication||Spiritual Complaint|
|Subtitle of host publication||Theology and Practice of Lament|
|Editors||Tim Bulkeley , Miriam Bier|
|Place of Publication||Eugene, OR|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 29 Jul 2013|
|Event||Isaiah and Empire Colloquium - Laidlaw College, Auckland, New Zealand|
Duration: 14 Feb 2011 → 15 Feb 2011
|Conference||Isaiah and Empire Colloquium|
|City||Laidlaw College, Auckland|
|Period||14/02/11 → 15/02/11|
- Lament, Isaiah
Tiemeyer, L-S. (2013). The Doubtful Gain of Penitential Prayer: The Fine Line between Lament and Penitential Prayer. In T. Bulkeley , & M. Bier (Eds.), Spiritual Complaint: Theology and Practice of Lament (pp. 102-121). Eugene, OR: Pickwick Press.