How to Pray When You’re Pissed at God
“Punnett understands the real politik of human frailty,” author Mary Roach says of Ian Punnett’s book, which includes examples from the Psalms and everyday people. Punnett uses his ministerial work as a sideline to his career as a radio host.
After bobbling a ball in 2010, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson became enraged and tweeted: I praise you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!!! And this is how you treat me!!! You expect me to learn from this!! I’ll never forget this!! Moses stood up to God, and God backed down. The lesson is that God can handle the occasional angry outburst.
Psalms is a collection of 150 Hebrew songs and prayers divided into five or six main “themes,” most of which are self-explanatory. Lament is a tricky word to use because it means “an expression of sorrow or grief.” Lament psalms are often laced with anger toward and resentment of God.
Frida Ghitis: Some people find it difficult to maintain a relationship with God, and she says prayers can be a lot less “Holy Bible” and a lot more “Holy $h#!.” In the depths of my rage, I became a “protest atheist,” stopping going to church and reading the Bible when I was 19. I lost my virginity on the hood of a stranger’s car under a full moon for God’s attention.
How do you pray when you’re angry?
It’s okay to ask God for help, whether you’re angry or hurt, so go to Him and tell Him your frustrations, that you don’t have the energy to keep moving, and that you’re angry and can’t take any more.
How do I stop being angry at God?
Tell God what you’re angry about; He wants to know what you’re thinking and feeling. God knows what’s going on inside of you, but He wants you to be able to come to Him with honesty and openness.
How do you pray to God during difficult times?
Help me to not be afraid of the future, but to boldly trust that you are in control when my emotions overwhelm me and I don’t know what to say; and when I can’t speak and don’t know what to say, help me to “Be still, and know that you are God.” Be my comforter, healer, and bring me peace, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Does God get angry?
While God is not human, he does become enraged in response to human behavior, and he has good reason to do so; in fact, God would not be good if he did not have strong reactions to evil and injustice. Divine anger is not the same as human anger.
Is it a sin to be angry with God?
However, I don’t believe the Bible says that being angry at God is always sinful. True, God is always good, but that doesn’t mean that being angry at him is always wrong.
How can God help me with anger?
God’s Way of Dealing with Anger
- Restrain It. u201cFools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back,u201d says Proverbs 29:11. This verse does not mean that the wise bury their anger or do not deal with it, but it does mean that they control their anger and how they express it.
What is the sick man’s prayer?
God, help me remember that when someone offends me, it is a sick person. Help me show the same tolerance, pity, and patience that we would gladly grant a sick friend. Show me how I can help them. Save me from becoming angry.
Why do I get angry when I pray?
It’s not the same as ordinary physical exhaustion in that you’re not aware of it, but you’re low on mental energy.” This may explain why someone who spends a lot of time in prayer every day becomes impatient and angry by the end of the day.
Is being angry a sin?
Anger is not a sin in and of itself, but it can quickly lead to sin if it is not controlled. As God told Cain, “Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it” (Genesis 4:7).
What is the spiritual root of anger?
Anger is caused by legitimate desires (most of the time) that come to rule us incorrectly, such as love, fear, hope, longing, respect, control, and so on. Natural desires for good things are meant to be kept below our desire to please God.
What does God say about being angry?
“Refrain from wrath and anger; it leads only to evil.” “But you, O Lord, are a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”
How do you keep faith in God in hard times?
How to Maintain Your Faith in the Face of Adversity
- Pray to God, the universe, or whatever higher power you believe in for the strength to love to your full potential.
- Be generous to others.
- Get inspired.
- Surround yourself with people you admire.
What is a good prayer for strength?
Dear God, please give me strength when I am weak, love when I am lonely, courage when I am afraid, wisdom when I am foolish, comfort when I am alone, hope when I am rejected, and peace when I am in turmoil.
Do you have faith in God during hard times?
It can be difficult to trust God during difficult times, according to Second Corinthians 5:7, but as believers, we know that His ways are not our ways, and that He will ultimately work all things for good (Isaiah 55:8-9, Romans 8:28). Having faith in God’s presence can help you find peace.