Day 18

The God Who Hears Our Complaint

from the Prayers in Scripture reading plan


1 Kings 19:1-16, Hebrews 4:14-16, James 1:2-8


Though Scripture contains many written prayers, like those found in the book of Psalms, and many teachings on how to pray, like the parables and sermons in Jesus’s ministry, this reading plan focuses on the prayers offered to God in the narratives of Scripture. Each day we’ll read a narrative that includes a prayer from an individual or group. Their prayers vary in length, type, posture, purpose, and God’s response. The secondary passages explore how the rest of Scripture speaks to the themes demonstrated in the main reading. 

While each account is different, every prayer recorded in Scripture teaches us about the unchanging God who invites us to speak to and hear from Him. These prayers model for us what it can look like to be in conversation with God. As you read, notice the posture and emotions present each day. 

Reading Scripture together is the centerpiece of what we do at He Reads Truth. As we spend time as a community reading Prayers in Scripture together, we encourage you to start by reading the daily Scripture on your own. Then join us here to engage and encourage one another as we respond to what we’ve read in the comments. 


Does the prayer in today’s reading look like what you expected prayer to be? If so, how? If not, why?

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2 thoughts on "The God Who Hears Our Complaint"

  1. Mike G says:

    It is a prayer that I can understand after Elijah’s great victory over the prophets of Baal. He probably felt all alone. God met Elijah in such a beautiful way, first with angels and then God himself shows up and gives Elijah confidence and marching orders. Don’t we all go through times of trouble and trials. It is so fantastic that we have a God and Jesus on our side, always helping us through our daily lives.

  2. Dave M says:

    I am struck that Hebrews calls us to pray with confidence and James says we should pray without doubt. My prayers often lack confidence and are filled with doubt. Perhaps that partially is why they are not answered in the way I would prefer. A powerful reminder indeed.

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