Practising the Path – Prayers of Complaint

February 21, 2016
Passage: Psalm 22:1-5, 27-31; Matthew 27:45-46

"If we could make the Creator of heaven and earth instantly appear at our beck and call, we would not be in communion with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God, the great iconoclast, is constantly smashing our false images of who he is and what he is like." (Richard Foster, Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home)

In those times when God seems absent, do we sometimes think we need to defend God's honor? Moses, Elijah, Jeremiah, Mary and Jesus all cried out and wondered "Why?" during difficult times. Will we? We may find God's silence is an invitation to consider God in new ways. Or, to welcome Christ's will and ways in our lives afresh. Or, to rest and wait patiently for God to do it. Go ahead; pray a complaint.

Talk notes:

  1. Those Times when God is Silent
  2. The Rule and Reign of Christ
  3. The Will of God
  4. Prayers of Complaint


  • Prayer: The Great Adventure, Chapter 6 “Priorities: Aligning our Will with God’s”, David Jeremiah
  • Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home, Chapter 2 “Prayer of the Forsaken”, Richard J. Foster
  • Hallelujah: The Bible and Handel’s Messiah, Session 6 “He Trusted in God”, Carol M. Bechtel