Day 18

The God Who Hears Our Complaint

from the Prayers in Scripture reading plan


1 Kings 19:1-16, Hebrews 4:14-16, James 1:2-8

BY She Reads Truth

Though Scripture contains many written prayers, like those found in the book of Psalms, and many teachings on how to pray, like the parables and sermons in Jesus’s ministry, this reading plan focuses on the prayers offered to God in the narratives of Scripture. Each day we’ll read a narrative that includes a prayer from an individual or group. Their prayers vary in length, type, posture, purpose, and God’s response. The secondary passages explore how the rest of Scripture speaks to the themes demonstrated in the main reading. 

While each account is different, every prayer recorded in Scripture teaches us about the unchanging God who invites us to speak to and hear from Him. These prayers model for us what it can look like to be in conversation with God. As you read, notice the posture and emotions present each day. 

Reading Scripture together is the centerpiece of what we do at She Reads Truth. As we spend time as a community reading Prayers in Scripture together, we encourage you to start by reading the daily Scripture on your own. Then join us here to engage and encourage one another as we respond to what we’ve read in the comments. 


Does the prayer in today’s reading look like what you expected prayer to be? If so, how? If not, why?

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38 thoughts on "The God Who Hears Our Complaint"

  1. Tricia C says:

    A good reminder that God often speaks in the silence. We need to be quiet and listen.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all me Sisters! So much to be thankful for, even amidst chaos.

  2. Rhonda J. says:

    Wishing you all a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving! :) I LOVE this community of SHE”S so much! SRT is for sure one of my best blessings! I love to be in God’s word every. single. day and expanding upon His word with you.

  3. Audren Bruszer says:

    The prayer doesn’t look like what I expected prayer to be. Oh but it’s what I hoped it would be. In my mind, prayer is supposed to look like honoring God, thanking Him, praying for the Kingdom, praying for my needs, then asking for forgiveness

  4. Audren Bruszer says:

    The prayer doesn’t look like what I expected prayer to be. Oh but it’s what I hoped it would be. In my mind, prayer is supposed to look like honoring God, f

  5. Hali Y. says:

    admittedly there is a lot of hurt in my heart today, but one thing I am thankful for is knowing the Lord is near and cares deeply for me. feelings of loneliness and frustration well up, but holding onto that truth is enough for me. happy thanksgiving, She’s! I am thankful for this community of faithful sisters

  6. Mari says:

    Happy Thanksgiving SWEET sisters! I am SO grateful and BLESSED by all of you! I’m SO thankful for this BEAUTIFUL community of BEAUTIFUL sisters as we gather from all-over-the-world in one accord and study THE WORD together. May you all enjoy gathering with your families and praying for all those who will be travelling. TODAY’s devo is EXACTLY what I needed, James as I’m trying to consider it all JOY when there’s already some tension in the kitchen. I’m keeping in mind WHY we are doing this. I know as family it be just fine here soon. There are three generations (a grandma, a mom and a teenage daughter/grandaughter) in the kitchen and sometimes that can be FUN or challenging. Yesterday was fun prepping. This morning is another story. I’m considering ALL joy! Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Jennifer Loves Jesus says:

    THANKSGIVING. I pray with a thankful heart: Psalm 5:3 “O Lord, in the morning You hear my voice; in the morning I plead my case to You, and watch.” I pray with expectancy, not expectations. I enter the Lord’s house… “through the abundance of Your steadfast love… I bow down… in awe of You. Lead me, O Lord in Your righteousness…” (vv. 7-8). This is the way to the heart of God, complete humility. This is the ultimate Thanksgiving because “all who take refuge in You rejoice; let them ever sing for joy” (v. 11). Spread Your protection over us Lord, because we love You, cover us with Your favor as a shield. (v. 12). Amen. I quiet my cries at the evil I see in the world and wait for God to show Himself in the silence like He did for Elijah. In 1 Kings 19, he is threatened by Jezebel to kill him so He flees. Just after God uses his faith and prayers to end the drought, and before that he was used in the miracle of fire on a water soaked altar to prove to the people that God was God. But the stony, cold heart of Jezebel remained set on evil. He fled feeling defeated, he asked God to let him die being “no better than my ancestors ”, he prayed. But God answered him with a miracle of food and water, delivered by the angel of the Lord Himself. He went on “in strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God ” (vv. 4-8). In a cave the Lord communed with Elijah. He was commanded to stand out on the mountain because “the Lord was about to pass by”- There was a great shaking wind that split mountains, there was an earthquake, there was fire. “After the fire a sound of sheer silence” (vv. 11-14). Wow, I always stop in awe here. God was not found in the powerful quaking or roaring fire, he was found to be in the silence. And here is where I seek Him now. I trust His voice to lead me where I should go. Like Elijah, and like Paul, I long to be with God, with Christ. But as long as I am here, I trust it is necessary for God’s will to live for Christ and share in His love. And His suffering. It is an honor, for “it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure… do all things without murmuring… be… children of God without blemish in the midst of a perverse generation, in which you shine like stars in the world.” (Philippians 2:13-15). Yes and amen. Until… Maranatha.

  8. Lehua K. says:

    Happy Thanksgiving ladies! I am grateful to God and to all of you for being so passionate and hungry for God’s Word, for your loving and encouraging words, and for the gracious and supportive community here.

    I don’t have much to say today but I am catching up on the readings. I’m also starting to use the PrayerMate app to organize my prayers and get into the habit of focusing on God more, turning to Him first throughout the day in the mountains and valleys of life. Thank you to the She who mentioned this app. I found the Abide app too during my search and it has been useful for short scripture meditations and reflections on God’s Word.

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