When Prayer Requests Turn Into Complaining

It is easy for our prayer requests to turn into complaining sessions. Bridget shares how and why we should overcome this temptation.

“The Lord said to Moses, ‘How long will these people treat Me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in Me, in spite of all the miraculous signs I have performed among them?’” (Numbers 14:11)

As a chronically ill person it is so hard not to get down when things continue to go downhill. No matter what I try more health issues keep popping up. Even though I’ve been working on cleaning up my finances, things are still in bad shape.

It seems everywhere I look evil is prospering and others who aren’t serving the Lord are successful and beautiful. What is going on?

These were my thoughts the last few weeks. Instead of turning off my negative thinking I let myself dwell in these dark thoughts. Needless to say, that really didn’t help my attitude at all. I know full well that when I stay positive and put my trust in God, things go better.

I just so happens that in my daily Bible reading I am currently going through the passages where the Israelites are wandering in the desert. At least seven times the Israelites complained to God about their food, enemies, land and other provisions. And many times they faced God’s judgment for their evil behavior.

Hmmm, does the Israelite behavior sound familiar at all? What have I been doing these last few weeks? I’ve been complaining about my health, finances, food and other provisions. Ouch.

Okay, maybe I need to get my act together too. There’s nothing wrong with making our requests known to God, but then I need to leave it to God and quit bringing it up again and again.

I learned some good reminders from these passages:

1. God was with His people every step of the way. He told them when to camp and when to get up and move.
2. God miraculously provided food provisions every single day. They never went hungry.
3. God provided them with shelter and clothing. He took care of every need they had.

In spite of all God did for them, they still did not trust Him or thank Him for His provisions. The thing that saddens me most is that they missed out on the wonderful blessings God had in store for them–what a shame!

It’s the same for us as well. God is with us every step of the way and He longs to provide special blessings to us if only we will have faith!

Prayer: Forgive my ungratefulness and murmuring attitude. Thank You for always providing just what I need. Amen.

About the Author
Bridget Gazlay resides in beautiful West Michigan. She struggles with fibromyalgia, endometriosis, IBS, kidney stones, and migraines. She works full time but writes and designs fabric art on the side. Bridget’s prayer is that anyone who comes across her writing or artwork would see she allows, “God’s creation to be my inspiration.” Find out more about Bridget at, http://www.uniquelyfabric.com.

How have you seen God provide for you lately?

We all are guilty of complaining at times and it is one of those sins where it hurts us even more than it hurts God. He only desires the best for us and He knows a complaining heart will not lead to anything good. At times like this we can ask forgiveness and rest fully in His arms, knowing He carries us through. I think you will enjoy this song, “You Carried Me” with Building 429. -Lisa

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