Lent Devotions: Day 11
Bringing our Complaints to God
Read: Psalm 13
Consider and answer me, O Lord my God. (v. 3)
When things aren’t perfect, we can be quick to complain. We complain about our jobs, our co-workers, the weather, and anything else that gets in the way of an idyllic existence. We bring these complaints to our spouses, friends or anyone willing to offer a listening ear. Ironically, when we come to God in prayer, we are all too quick to hide our complaints and frustrations.
Prayers of lament seek to bring our whole selves, complaints and all, before God. The Psalms recount the prayers of people who feel neglected, abused, and alone. They don’t put on a fake smile; they lift their complaints to God, saying things such as, “Hear me!” “Deliver me!” or, “Remember me!” They approach God with complaints that the world is not as it should be. This brought Job in Job 7:11 to state, “I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.” God cares and wants us to come to him in all seasons of life.
The praying of our complaints can be an act filled with anger, guilt, and frustration, as these are all feelings common to experiences of pain and suffering. Perhaps you’ve been holding back a part of yourself from God–an emotion or notion you believe that as a good Christian you shouldn’t feel or think. God can take it. God loves all parts of you. Take a moment today to pray to God openly and honestly. –Jeremy Kreuze
Prayer: O Lord, hear us and deliver us from the pain and despair in our lives.