Jeremiah claimed to God that God had deceived him. Jonah declared to the Lord that he had every right to be angry with God. At least one psalmist questioned God’s sense of justice. No one told these people that prayer is supposed to be nice, neat, and clean.
Day 20 – How will you struggle with the Lord?
Complaining, or lamenting, to God was often the way the work of prayer got done in the Bible. And when people voiced their grievances in times of stress, they often got much more than they expected, because their laments served as points of revelation of God’s character and work in the world. Because they struggled with God, they came to know–as we can come to know–God’s ability to sustain the exhausted, show compassion to the lost, and reassure the downtrodden.
Re: Verse reading – Luke 10:25-37 (day three)