“HOW LONG, LORD, MUST I CALL FOR HELP AND YOU DO NOT LISTEN, OR CRY OUT TO YOU ABOUT VIOLENCE AND YOU DO NOT SAVE?”
In this passage, Habakuk voices what we all at times think and feel; that God is distant and is not listening to our prayers. These moments of frustration and suffering can seem overwhelming and unending. However, they are also opportunities to experience deep intimacy with God as we bring our thoughts and emotions to Him.
What in your life makes you think God is distant and inattentive?
Write down the unanswered prayers that are causing you anguish and suffering.
Read Psalm 13, and if you have the time, Psalm 79.
Bring your heartache to God.
Craft your own lament Psalm using the list of unanswered prayers; look to Psalm 13 and 79 for inspiration. BE HONEST in your lament, bring ALL of your thoughts and emotions to God.
He already knows what you think and feel, but He wants us to come to Him and willingly lay our burdens down at His feet.
Take a big step back.
Once you have written out your lament and brought it before God, read and pray through Isaiah 55:8-11. Ask God to show you how He is working in your life and how He may have already answered your prayers. All too often we expect God to answer our prayers in a very specific way which means we miss what He has been doing.
In these moments we have a choice to make; are we going to believe that God is who He says He is, or are we going to allow our circumstances, and the enemy’s lies, to dictate how we see God? Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help you trust God so that your faith and hope would be in Him.
“YHWH- YWHW is a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in faithful love and truth, maintaining faithful love to a thousand generations, forgiving wrongdoing, rebellion, and sin.”