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. Jerrica Terry says:

    I appreciate reading about Elijah and it makes me feel better to know others deal with the same things I do – yet God answers in his time.

  2. Lauren Garza says:

    They were honest. Pouring it out to the Lord. Revealing what was on their hearts and placing it before the Lord so He could provide. He wants to know it all.

  3. Makayla Joseph says:

    I can get in the habit of complaining to others sometimes rather than then telling my complaints to God. Sometimes I do this because I don’t want to sound ungrateful to God but he’d rather hear my honesty than divided loyalties and wavering faith.

  4. Brittany Brooks says:

    I have let fear and doubt overcome me which have affected my faith and my prayers. Coming to God with boldness of faith knowing he is in control no matter what. I will always ask for wisdom ( to not lean on my own understanding) and to not doubt.

  5. Lauren Day says:

    Ask for wisdom and live without doubt

  6. Juli Futrell says:

    that’s so good Steph! Elijah was real with God and God provided for him as a whole person (food by angel, spiritual faith in the form of the signs and wonders and the still small voice, and guidance about what to do next)

  7. Lauren Hicks says:

    Although Elijah’s prayer looks different from what we are use to seeing, it was definitely a prayer. Prayer is coming completely before God without any pretense. That’s exactly what Elijah did. He came before God as a child; He was completely vulnerable with God. God was his safe space. God wants to be that for us also.

  8. Marcey KIEBERT says:

    Yes, but it does should like a whine or complaint and I have a hard time doing that before God, I know my heart is saying it but I don’t want to trouble him or sounds like a tattle tail, silly I know but being more earnest and real in my prayer life is what I am working on

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