December 3, 2023 | Doug Sauder
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“I loathe my very life; therefore I will give free rein to my complaint and speak out in the bitterness of my soul.”—Job 10:1 (NIV)
We have all been there with Job. Whether it be devastating health news, a disappointing meeting with your boss, or an unforeseen phone call, suffering has played a role in each of our lives. No matter the intensity, trouble always brings waves of emotions and confusion. In these moments, though, our hearts cry out to God in desperation. If we really search the Bible, we will find that many of our faith role-models have cried out to God with gut-wrenching honesty.
These are only a few examples of people crying out to the Lord with raw prayers. If you’re anything like me, some of these prayers may even seem dangerous and offensive. However, we must note that though God rebukes some for questioning his character, he never acts unfairly or harshly towards them. He answers them with truth that pierces our hearts yet also frees our souls! As a result, every one of these raw prayers ends with either praise in remembrance of God’s true character or a humble submission to his authority.
Therefore, may we not shy away from appealing to our Father honestly as we “pour out [our] hearts to him” because It is then that we will further our trust in him, receive his comfort, and cling to his truth (Psalm 62:8)!
Samy Rodriguez has been serving with the Calvary writing team since 2020 as a senior at Calvary Christian Academy. Before going to study communications, biblical studies, and intercultural studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University, she interned with the Calvary Communications Team and was a student leader in HSM (High School Ministry). She is passionate about communicating God’s Word and looks forward to continuing to serve in ministry after college.