September 13, 2010 | 10:26 am

Monday – Complaining to God

When was the last time you complained to God? For most of us, probably never. We are instructed to pray in terms of thanksgiving, praise, and petitions, but rarely are we told it is ok to complain to God. Interestingly, Scripture contains many instances of people complaining to God, especially when life doesn’t seem fair. Our tradition is filled with people whose prayers cried out “Why?” “This is unjust!” Or in the words of today’s Psalm, “How long, O Lord? Will you be angry forever?” (79:5) If prayer is honest conversation with God, then no thoughts or questions are off limits.  The level of honesty in our prayers may be the difference between saying prayers and praying.