April 1st Lenten Devotional

Hear My Prayer, O Lord!

Andrea Allan

Psalm 102:1-11

The writer of this Psalm is clearly in a lot of pain and angst. Today is April Fools Day and it would seem that the Psalmist believes God has made a fool out of them. In not answering their prayers, they believe that God is angry at them, that God has forsaken them when they need God the most.

How many of us have come to God begging this same prayer, crying out in pain, hoping against hope that God has not forgotten us? Hear my prayer, O God! In pain and suffering we cry out. God why have you not heard my prayer? Living a full life means we will be hurting at times. The human experience means feeling all emotions. Even the most faithful follower of God will at some point feel forgotten, begging God to hear their prayer.

Yet, we know that it is not because we are unfaithful that God feels far. God never left the Israelites, God certainly never left Jesus, and God never leaves us alone. At times however, we feel like we are alone. At times we feel like the Psalmist did when they wrote these verses – alone, forgotten, betrayed. Yet, God is always with us.

The season of lent may raise up difficult emotions, but it is also a time when God reminds us, She is there – loving us, holding us, keeping us – even if we can’t feel it right now.

Thank you God that you never leave me. Help me to feel you near as I walk this Lenten journey. Help me to seek out others who may be in pain and let me be your hands and feet offering hope and healing in a hurting world. In Christ I pray, Amen.

Rev. Andrea Allan (she/her) serves in a United Church congregation that is part of a multi-faith centre called The Cedars in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She lives with her family in Stratford Ontario.

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