"Arise, cry out in the night, at the beginning of the watches! Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord! Lift your hands to him for the lives of your children, who faint for hunger at the head of every street."
The book of Lamentations truly lives up to its name - it's a lament (and kinda depressing!). Jerusalem has been destroyed by the Babylonians - the nation of Judah (Israel) is in turmoil... it appears that all is lost. The writer reminds the people of their unfaithfulness as the reason why calamity has struck... and also calls the people to PRAY. To pray for their children, who are literally starving.
"Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your children." Has there ever been more sage advice for us parents? We don't have to have our city being overrun by foreign invaders, do we, to be reminded to intercede for our kids? Our love, indeed, is great, isn't it? Then why do we fail to lift them up to God on a regular, consistent & intentional basis? We are called to "pour out our hearts" to God for our kids.
PRAYER: Forgive me, O God, for the casual way I've prayed for my two children. Help me to be more consistent & persistent, starting today. I place them completely into your hands... AMEN.