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?

Post Comments (49)

49 thoughts on "The God Who Hears Our Complaint"

  1. Rishera Graham says:

    God definitely wants me to be patient and do not doubt him.

  2. steph Gutmann says:

    It shows the intimacy of Elijah’s relationship with God. That He was a very present help in his time of need, and provided for him practically, as well as spiritually and emotionally.

  3. Stephanie Berling says:

    It’s not really what I was expecting but I respect it. Forgive us Lord for what we say when we are hangry and thank you for providing good food when we pray in hanger. I have prayed for the relief of the end of life. Both of my grandmothers had a terrible time at the end and they were both believers so there was no need to keep them here to help them realize faith. It’s a difficult prayer with intense emotions.

  4. Claire B says:


  5. K says:

    The prayer and the situation were surprising to me. I hadn’t fully meditated on this passage in a while, and not in this current season of my life. It was unusual, but full of striking grace, of comfort to the exhausted, of mindful and tender provision for the next few steps. It’s I think what I need for the days ahead, and I’m thankful. Maybe I’m just projecting onto the Scripture, but that’s the beauty of God’s word. May the Lord bless us all, sisters :)

  6. Adrianne Richardson says:

    No, with todays traditional viewpoint on how you pray, at least how I was taught to pray, this didn’t really seem like a prayer at first glance. But reading it now and with the context of seeing it as a prayer I can see it and understand it. It is a plea to our Lord during hardship and fearing a horrible death. Being in a place where you are terrified and need our Lord’s guidance. Again, learned something new today! Thnx SRT!

  7. Mercy says:

    The prayer of Elijah is what I expected prayer to be. There is a difference when praying on a flee and praying in the bedroom -all communications to God with our different state of mind and distress levels. But the merciful God, how merciful, He sent replacement to Elijah. God knew the heart and the brokenness and He granted the relief. Happy Thanksgiving to all dear lovely shes. May we learn to count our blessings everyday. I love the song “Count your blessing” lyrics below. Be blessed dear sisters.

    Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
    Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
    Count your many blessings; ev’ry doubt will fly,
    And you will be singing as the days go by.
    Count your blessings;
    Name them one by one.
    Count your blessings;
    See what God hath done.
    Count your blessings;
    Name them one by one.
    Count your many blessings;
    See what God hath done.

    When you look at others with their lands and gold,
    Think that Christ has promised you his wealth untold.
    Count your many blessings; money cannot buy
    Your reward in heaven nor your home on high.

    So amid the conflict, whether great or small,
    Do not be discouraged; God is over all.
    Count your many blessings; angels will attend,
    Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

  8. Dorothy says:

    No it doesn’t look like what I have come to expect in a prayer. Most prayers don’t ask God to take their life, they usually ask for help.
    To all my sisters who live in the USA, Happy Thanksgiving.
    Be blessed and be thankful even for the little things.

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