How Do I Pray When I’m Angry at God?
I felt like I was in an unforgivable sin when I confronted my father about his chronic sin of abuse and he refused to repent. For years, I begged God to save my father, but nothing I did touched his heart, and none of my words got through to him.
Being Angry at God Is Dangerous in Two Ways:
Anger isn’t a sin in and of itself, but how we express it can be. Anger creates an emotional barrier between us and God, leading to feelings of isolation and a sense of being forgotten by our Creator. Here’s how to pray through the five things I’ve learned about anger at God.
1. God Knows You’re Angry
According to author Ann Patchett, you can’t keep secrets from God, so why try? “Clear the air and be honest with him,” she says. “Let God meet you in your anger and despair.”
2. God is Angry at Evil Too
Psalm 7:11 says God is “angry with the wicked every day,” and Jesus says it is better for someone who causes one of these little ones to stumble to have a millstone tied around their neck.
3. God Listens, Even Though We’re Sinful
We don’t have to be picture-perfect Christians for God to love and hear us; God’s character is unaffected by our changeability.
4. Unpack Your Anger at God
If you’re angry with God, you can ask him to look into your heart and see what’s wrong. Anger is a reaction to feeling betrayed, abandoned, or disappointed. You can ask God to sort through the broken pieces of your heart, and rest assured that he understands.
5. It’s OK to Wrestle with God
We often feel attacked by God in the midst of our suffering, and we wrestle with him like Jacob did. If we cling to him and ask him to bless us, God will give us peace.
A Prayer for the Angry Heart:
Jennifer Greenberg was abused by her church-going father and is still a Christian; her book, Not Forgotten, offers Biblical truths and gospel hope for abuse survivors and those who walk alongside them.
What do I do when I’m angry at God?
How to Handle Anger Against God
- Consistent Prayer. Rather than feeling distant from God, I felt a closeness and peace from the situation, and had a heart that turned my anger into prayers for peace.
- Praise God for the good He’s done.
How do you talk to God when you are 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.
What the Bible says about being angry with God?
“Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and slander be put away from you, along with all malice,” says my God. “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.”
Is it a sin to be angry at 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.
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).
Why should I pray if God doesn’t answer?
Takeaway: God always answers prayers, even when the answer is no; we don’t always get what we want because God wants us to be self-sufficient; rather than using God as a crutch, he wants to know if we still have faith even when he doesn’t give us what we want.
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.
Are there any unforgivable sins?
Several passages in the Synoptic Gospels, including Mark 3:28u201329, Matthew 12:31u201332, and Luke 12:10, as well as other New Testament passages like Hebrews 6:4-6, Hebrews 10:26u201331, and 1 John 5:16, specify one eternal or unforgivable sin (blasphemy against the Holy Spirit), also known as the sin unto death.
Can u be mad at God?
We get angry with God when we don’t have all of the facts; it’s so easy to think we know everything when we can only see a small part of the picture; we get angry with God when we see others claim to know Him but then act hypocritically; it’s easy to blame God for other people’s mistakes.
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.
Is it a sin to question God?
It’s not a sin to have doubts about God; if you have any, look up the scriptures. The good and the bad in life can lead us to a deeper faith and trust in God, which is a blessing for all who believe.
Is anger a choice?
Is anger a choice? Yes, if you believe you can change your response. Anger is an important primary feeling that indicates danger and that some of our needs are not being met, but it is also one of the most unpopular, divisive, and misunderstood emotions.
Is it a sin to be depressed?
When dealing with people in the church, some see mental illness as a weakness u2014 a sign that you don’t have enough faith.
Is it OK to be angry with God Catholic?
Yes, it is acceptable to be angry with God and to be open with Him about your anger; however, don’t stop praying; instead, end your own “psalms” of lament and anger at God like the psalmist does in Psalm 42: “Hope in God, I will praise him still, my savior and my God.”