March 23, 2021
Each day during Lent, I am highlighting a Lenten Word (or phrase) of the Day from the readings of the day. I encourage you to reflect on this word or phrase and incorporate it in your prayers today.
“But with their patience worn out by the journey, the people complained against God…” (Number 21:5)
COMPLAINING AGAINST GOD: Yup, I do that – guilty! We tend to be a “what have you done for me lately” kind of people. Why have you done this to me? Why have you placed this burden on me? Why were you not there for me when I went through that difficult time? Why did you not answer my prayer?
I am not worried about God; he can take whatever we throw at him.
However, we should at least be balanced in our conversations with God. When talking to young people about developing a prayer life, I share a simple formula for them to follow. I offer it for your consideration today:
*Begin with gratitude. Thank God for the many blessings in your life and truly reflect on those blessings. Beginning this way not only shows gratitude, but humility as well.
*Pray for the needs of others. There are so many people in your life that are in need of prayers. Put their needs ahead of your own. That is also an act of humility.
*Finally, pray for your own needs. What is on your heart? Where do you need help? This is also a time to air your complaints or express your displeasure with God if you wish.
If you complete Steps 1 and 2 above with sincerity of heart, I think you’ll find you don’t have much to complain about.