Prayer Focus: China, PRC

Bible Reading: Psalms 56; 120; 140-142


Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll — are they not in your record? (Psalm 56:8)


Life is hard. Trouble is guaranteed. Some mistakenly believe that following Jesus will make life happy and easy. Nothing could be further from the truth. The psalms are filled with lament. They are honest. They are forthright and bold. They describe a God who listens and understands.


I’m so glad I can be real with God and pour out my heart to Him. I’m also glad that Jesus knows pain, suffering, and temptation.


Jesus, thank You for becoming one of us. Emmanuel—God with us—becomes more incredible the more I ponder it. Thank You for not hearing my laments, but also listening and understanding. It is comforting to know that I am never alone. In Your Name, amen.