THE HEART of PRAYER (Day 11)
By Samantha Rodriguez
- Job’s prayers include many complaints and accusations against God’s kindness and faithfulness.
- Habakkuk straight up questions God’s just nature asking him “How long, Lord, must I . . . cry out to you about violence and you do not save?” (Habakkuk 1:2).
- Asaph raises his concerns in the midst of a trial saying “Has God forgotten to be gracious?” (Psalm 77:9).
- Even Jesus, in view of the cup of divine wrath he would have to endure, feels his soul “deeply grieved to the point of death” and prays “Abba! Father! All things are possible for you; remove this cup from me” (Mark 14:34,36).
- Job declares that God can do all things and no purpose of his can be thwarted (Job 42:2). He “repent[s] in dust and ashes,” and soon, the Lord restores his fortunes twofold (Job 42:6,10).
- Habakkuk patiently waits to “see what he will say to me” (Habakkuk 2:1). After hearing God’s response, he declares God’s splendor and power over all creation and finishes by saying “yet I will celebrate in the Lord… my Lord is my strength” (Habakkuk 3:18-19).
- Asaph determines to recall God’s past faithfulness. By declaring “You are the God who works wonders.. You have by your power redeemed your people,” he renews his soul with hopeful truth (Psalm 77:14-15).
- Jesus resolves to submit to his Father in proclaiming, “Yet not what I will, but what you will” (Mark 14:36).