The Doubtful Gain of Penitential Prayer: The Fine Line between Lament and Penitential Prayer

Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpiritual Complaint
Subtitle of host publicationTheology and Practice of Lament
EditorsTim Bulkeley , Miriam Bier
Place of PublicationEugene, OR
PublisherPickwick Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)978-1-61097-743-2
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jul 2013
EventIsaiah and Empire Colloquium - Laidlaw College, Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 14 Feb 201115 Feb 2011


ConferenceIsaiah and Empire Colloquium
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
CityLaidlaw College, Auckland


  • Lament, Isaiah


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