A few months ago, I found myself pouring my heart out before the Lord in a way I hadn’t done in a very long time. A long list of trying circumstances and the question “Why?” characterized that prayer.
But as I prayed, I sensed God asking me the same thing.
“Lord, I’ve been working so hard!”
His answer thundered in a quiet rebuke: Why? I clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven. Will I not much more clothe you?
“Lord, I’m exhausted.”
Again, Why? Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
“Lord, I want to fix him/her.”
Why? And like His words to Peter, “What is that to you? You follow me.” (John 21:22)
“Lord, I can’t do this task You’ve given me.”
Why? Your help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 124:8)
That day I learned a valuable lesson about prayer and faith.
For every complaint we pour out before the Lord, His Word holds a promise, laced with God’s character that beckons us to trust.
When your prayers become filled with “me” and unbelief, let His answer be, “Why?”
And trust a promise.
“Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” (Psalm 62:8)
By Bethany Hayes