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on which I was born!
The day when my mother bore me,
let it not be blessed!
who brought the news to my father, saying,
“A child is born to you, a son,”
making him very glad.
that the Lord overthrew without pity;
let him hear a cry in the morning
and an alarm at noon,
so my mother would have been my grave,
and her womb forever great.
to see toil and sorrow,
and spend my days in shame?
He asked that he might die: “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.” 1 Kings 19:4 NRSVJeremiah, Elijah,...and others like Moses and Jonah...and JESUS...they all prayed against God's design at one point or another. And, if God is the author of the Bible, if his breath inspired all of this to be written as a love letter to us; then God sees greatness, or at least great inspiration in the weakness of others here on earth.
God wanted THAT printed. God wanted to show us how he takes flawed men and builds them up. God wanted to show us how he "qualifies the called" and doesn't "call the qualified." God wanted to show us what PRAYER looks like, sounds like, and CAN do...
So, when you need to, cry out...lament, implore, prostrate, weep...and then listen. Listen for his direction, listen for his peace, and listen for his blessings.
Pray: Heavenly Father, thank you for loving all of us as imperfect as we are. Thank you for being our confidant in whom we can entrust our greatest defeats and our biggest fears. Thank you for printing the prayers of distress as well as the prayers of praise. Your love letter to us is perfect. Amen