Angry Prayers

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They say to pray hardest when it is hardest to pray. So I decided to give that a try. I prayed my first angry prayer a few days ago… It wasn’t easy.

I feared that an angry prayer would anger God. Then I learned something. I had finally reached a point in my faith where I trusted Him enough to handle me at my worst.

The delusion God couldn’t, or wouldn’t, deal with an angry person was no longer an obstacle standing in the way of my relationship with Him.


I felt a spiritual closeness and comfort I never experienced before. Because in that moment, it didn’t matter what I was praying. It only mattered that I was praying.

If you’re scared of offending the Lord by going to Him when you’re overwhelmed with emotions of the negative kind- don’t be! The best thing about God is that He’s not human.

He won’t ignore you because you’re emotional.
Next time you’re angry about something, pray.

God doesn’t differentiate happy prayers from angry prayers. He does, however, differentiate those who pray from those who don’t.

*Rae

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98 thoughts on “Angry Prayers

  1. Rae, Thank you for this. David cried out to the Lord when he was angry. Job questioned God. You’re right. You’re at the point where you are demonstrating your trust in God. He loves you and appreciates your honesty. Bless you. May your angry prayers turn to praise. Karen

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  2. Thank you, Karen! I appreciate your comment. That’s true! Job is one of my favorite people of the Bible. His faith was so admirable. I’m not at that point, but I think I’m on the right path. God bless you and yours! Happy Easter, too 🙂

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  3. Rae,
    You’re on the right path…
    Consider my favorite poem called Let Go & Let God

    As children bring their broken toys with tears for us to mend
    I brought my broken dreams to God because he is my friend
    But then instead of leaving him
    In peace to work alone
    I hung around and tried to help
    With ways that were my own
    At last I snatched them back again and cried “how can you be so slow?”
    “My child” he said, “what could I do. You never did let go.”
    Author unknown

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  4. Roach,

    I really like that poem! Thank you for sharing (:
    Would you be okay with me making a post about it in a bit?

    I’ll of course credit you (and your blog) for bringing it to my attention.

    I think others would really enjoy it, too.

    Thanks again for your comment!

    *Rae

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  5. Rae, Jonah was angry with God, and God was patient with him. You might want to reread the book of Jonah, particularly chapter 4. After the Lord healed me of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, my daughter was angry with God. She asked, “If God was going to heal you, why didn’t he heal you years earlier?”

    I had something to learn in those years of pain. I grew closer to God in those weary years. I was going through the refiners fire. The dross was rising to the top.

    It’s OK to be angry. Use that anger to let God refine you. Give your anger to God and let him direct your thoughts.

    I’m praying for you, Rae. Karen

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  6. Karen,
    Very good advice! I appreciate it more than you know. I’m happy to hear the Lord healed you. Stories like yours give hope to those of us who are struggling. Especially those of us who are just now realizing it’s the tough times that should draw us nearer to God and not drive us away. Thank you, Karen and I will! (:
    *Rae

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  7. Reading your post made my heart smile! So happy for you! However I recently learned or actually read something that clicked with my conscious brain and made so much sense! It totally goes along with your post but also points out that God was once human therefore he is able to understand our human feelings… I’m gonna post it for u hold on!!’

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  8. That has implications for all Christians. For one thing, it means that Jesus carries upon himself the visible marks of his human life. In other words, he remembers his suffering. So when one prays to Jesus, one prays to someone who knows, in the most intimate way possible, what it means to live a human life. One also prays to someone who is not only God but man. Who understands you.

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  9. God doesn’t always give us answers to our questions because we aren’t always ready for His answers. God knows our thoughts before we think them, and certainly before we scream them out at Him. I have been asking God “WHY?” since October 22, 1997, the day my first wife committed suicide. I have also asked many other “WHY’s?” since then, because MANY things haven’t gone well for me. God wasn’t giving answers until He knew I was ready for them.

    I vividly-remember a Sunday back about mid-2013. I was sick as a dog and I hadn’t felt like going to Church, but about mid-afternoon, I had to go to WalMart for a few things. I must have screamed at God for at least a solid hour. My 4th wife had left me – again, and in spite of everything I did, how hard I prayed, and how hard many other people had prayed, reconciliation wasn’t happening. I was sick for almost a week.

    About mid-January of this year, several “WHY’s?” became crystal-clear to me. God had been steering and preparing me for what He had for me to do. He had a specific ministry at a specific place, and until I moved to the right place and went through the right preparations, He couldn’t use me for that ministry.

    I was living in rural Oklahoma in 1997, but now I am living in central Florida. It has taken over 18 years for all the pieces to fall in place, but the ministry opportunity has been mind-blowing. If someone had told me on that fateful-day where I would be in 18 years, I would have told them that they were out of their mind, however 18 years later, I was on the cusp of starting that new ministry. Was it all worth it? God has been by my side the whole way.

    Blessings!

    Steve

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  10. Thanks for liking my post. -blessings Just wanted you to know that I had an anger problem for years because of a terrible first marriage for so many years and didn’t realize it until a year or two ago because it had become a way of life. I thought it was normal and justified. But God opened my eyes and helped me realize the damage anger can do not only to us but to those we love. But God can take it from us and change us from the inside out. My prayers are with you, Rae. God bless.

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  11. Thank you for sharing, my sympathies about your wife are with you. I’m glad God got you through it, though. May He continue to work in your life

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  12. Then you know exactly what I mean! Thank you for the comment. Anger is such an awful emotion. It turns nice people into impulsive monsters (at least in my case). I appreciate the prayers, too! God bless!

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  13. During my husband’s bout with cancer four years ago, I said some angry prayers myself. Although the Lord was incredibly gracious, I know those prayers blasphemed His Holy character and exposed my sinful self-centeredness. The Lord showed me that He chastized Job for those angry prayers. God is gracious and merciful, but I certainly pray that I’ll never pray that irreverently again.

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  14. Prayer is simply communicating/talking with God. He already knows how we feel so it is no use pretending. He is Truth so he appreciates honesty. I believe that he understands that our anger comes out of hurt, confusion, and lack of understanding and knowledge. He is compassionate, merciful, loving and full of grace. Communication – which involves both talking to AND listening to God – opens the door to forgiveness and healing. I would just like to add a precaution though and that is to make sure we do not curse God in our anger. May the peace of God and Christ fill your heart and mind 🙂

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  15. Prayer is how we communicate with God. It’s how we step outside of our own lives and self-interests and say, “I acknowledge and recognize God and His power.” Even though I’m sure He does things for us even when we don’t know or ask, it is my belief that praying is necessary in order to build a relationship with the Lord. Of course, that’s just my own viewpoint. Thank you for your comment, though! (:

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  16. You wrote it well. Though I’m a firm believer of Dr Wayne Dyer’s philosophy that we are a part of him. Take a mug of water out of ocean, so what will you call the water in the mug? So that’s it😊. Thanks for replying:)

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  17. I really enjoyed this post. So thought provoking! The thing that stood out most to me was what you said about God NOT being human. He won’t judge us. He won’t ignore us. He genuinely understands us. He hears our cry! God loves us. He understands that we go through alllll types of emotions. That’s why we should bring them to him…in prayer. Very well written. Thank you so much for this post! God bless.

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  18. Rae:

    Very incitefull!. There is no doubt when you are angry, that is one of he best times to pray. Our Father God wants us to lay all of our burdens on Him. Think about Moses, who went to God often when He was angry. God wants us to be honest with Him, and anger is one point where we can truly lean on Him and He will give us peace.

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  19. Rae God has gifted you with a special way to relate Him to many people who can’t understand the Bible just yet. That is a real blessing. God is glad we come to Him no matter what. He has a solution for us if we will just receive it. That is His peace that surpasses all understanding. Thanks for visiting my blog and liking it. Blessings.

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  20. True! He bid us to pray in season and out of season for He knows us that we will not want Him to see our weakness. He knows all anyways, weakness and all, joy and sorrow, at our best and our worst. Thank you Lord for your unconditional love for us. Thanks for challenging me to pray just now *Rae. On my knees I go lifting my hands to you Lord.

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  21. That’s the truth! I believe that praying during the times when all we wanna do is curse and cry are especially important. God knows life is hard and He does listen. Whatever you’re going through, Joan, hang in there!

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  22. Thank you for this thought-provoking article. I believe there are times when I am angered by what happened, and I speak to the Lord in my disgust and frustration. He speaks to me quietly in my anguished moment. He loves us that much because He gave us those emotions. Sometimes I am afraid that He will be angry with me, but I remind myself that He cares how I feel.

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  23. mercyformarthas says:

    Thanks for stopping by at my blog. And you are totally right. Never give up on prayers. God is tough… he can handle our angry prayers. And His mercy knows no bounds.

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  24. Rae, I totally identify. I love what you said, “God is not human”. He doesn’t have an ego, He knows our breaking points. The person I identify with is Job. At a certain point, he said very “unchristian” things and said that God wanted to destroy him. Not only did God not blame him for saying it, He said Job was blameless.

    In the depths of his heart, Job was with God, Its just that physically and emotionally, he was dissonant. Men may not understand, but God does. Keep writing Rae.

    Can I offer something to think about? It might be something else God differentiates than just prayer. Looking at Job and his friends – his friends prayed, Job did not; but Job was blameless and was restored double… what is the key difference?

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  25. I love the story of Job! Job 5:17 got me through some tough times thank you for sharing. You’re absolutely right. You have given me something to think about (:

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  26. Hey Rae, I appreciate your thoughts and writings. Can I give you another fun thing to think about? Eliphaz spoke Job 5:17. If you look at chapter 6, those same words caused Job to go into a headspin. God even told Eliphaz to apologize for speaking those things to Job at the end (they spoke inappropriately). Those words seemed to belong to a group of “truisms that sound holy and intuitive, but something is missing.” Fun to think about, ya? 🙂

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  27. Anthony says:

    Good thoughts on angry prayers from a young person! I was born again at 24 but it took me 20 more years to learn that lesson. Learned from Pastor Tim Keller back in the 90s at Redeemer Presbyterian, before he became a national figure.

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  28. Oh, my! Well you learned it and that’s all that matters (: glad you had a good pastor to help you out. Thank you for your comment and have a blessed day!

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  29. So so true. I originally tried it when angry and hurt in a situation I did not want to be in. I am better for it and I feel I did not stop talking to Him. Once out it helped me to better listen.
    He loved/loves us at our darkest.

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  30. Good for you! It’s tough, when you’re mad/hurt because anger is one of the hardest emotions to control. So when you choose to pray during those hard moods, it’s like saying, “nothing can keep me away from God.” Thank you for your comment! And your commitment to your faith. God bless (:

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  31. Okay, you hit the nail on the head with this post. It shows that you really are developing a deeper intimacy with the Lord. There are times when I have been angry with God. However, the one thing that let’s me get beyond my flesh foolishness is the fact that He created me. He knew me before I was formed in my mother’s womb. And, last but not least, He is the one that truly knows our hearts because sometimes we don’t even know until He reveals a thing. Congratulations on moving forward in Him. Thanks for sharing!

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  32. Thank you! There are ups and downs, and the closer I think I’m getting to God the more I realize He’s the only one who remains faithful. Who keeps His anger in check but still, out of mercy and compassion, tolerates us impulsive easily-angered humans of His. Thank you for your comment! Bless you and yours 🙂

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  33. I don’t call it angry prayers :), I call it aggressive praying. I think it’s the most effective form of prayer because I keep nothing back, and I’ve had similar experiences where the Lord answers while you are still praying

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  34. Thanks for your candor and for your insight. It is said that “Honest confession is good for the soul”, and I’m inclined to agree.

    Thanks also for the likes on my blog. I appreciate the encouragement and support.

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  35. Great post – thank you for sharing. David did not hold back in the Psalms – Psalm 88 is a full-on tirade, with no resolution of his feelings at the end. Being angry, upset, sad, “bitter” are all valid feelings. And when they run deep, the issue will take time, effort and lots more prayer before it’s sorted. Keep praying sister! x

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  36. leelah saachi says:

    yes yes yes 🙂 God is not offended – or angry – we make him into our image when we believe it – I LOVE the wonderful way you express it, Rae!

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  37. Ah, Anger. Ever take note of how much of it is said in the Psalms? There’s stuff in there I would hesitate to say out loud about other people, but the writers said it to God about their enemies.

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  38. controversialchristian1 says:

    It may just be that when we are really f*****g angry with God, though we don’t really have the right to be, the prayer we pray may actually be the very first real prayer we pray!! Better truth, than smooth empty platitudes any day.

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  39. themompit says:

    I loved this post. I look forward to reading more when I have the time 🙂 I will def be back to your blog 🙂 (its bedtime and late for me lol) I just wanted to let you know that your blog caught my eye and interest 🙂

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  40. The True Light! says:

    I get what you are saying and agree in general principle with it. The only thing I would add is that an “angry” prayer be done with respect as to whom it is you are speaking to. One can let God know how they feel, but it must be ultimately done with the honor and respect that the Almighty Lord always deserves…

    Steve

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  41. Angry prayers, interesting subject. Rae I have been meaning to comment for a while I just didn’t know the right time. Until right now, your topic is interesting. Here’s why, prayer is a special time with the Lord. We as believes should never pray through our feelings. They can fool us. That comforting hand was the Lord shedding his Love upon you. Become an effective prayer warrior by praying through the blood. That doesn’t mean we are invincible. What it means is we are to give everything. God is good everyday and that’s the reason I pray. God loves you.

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  42. Thank you for your post; Just yesterday I wanted to post on twitter; which I will post on my blog soon. That there is no shame when we are frustrated during our journey (we are in the Flesh ~ so important that we tap into the spirit realm of our being) Aha; I was just told this by the Holy Spirit ~ Amen. I know for me I felt so guilty you know letting family/friends upset me but I’m praying I get delivered. Help me Jesus. Now I know when that moment of anger comes across my path I will read the word for that situation and remember that this is not of God (feeling); remember this flesh is something else. Yes, I love the WORD of God and know when pressure arise His Word will give us peace and calmness I’ve tried it just recently and felt good that I let it go;but yes, now I understand why yes we do get angry and at time some of us don’t want to hear what the God Lord has to say….this was my stumbling block anyway~ but to God be the Glory I will take that Word to my situation and apply it in Jesus name. Pray for me as I will pray for you.
    BLESSINGS~

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  43. Wait till you experience God’s response to an angry prayer as soft loving laughter at your own foolishness, then experience Him revealing an answer that both makes you feel ashamed and grateful that He is a loving God with a sense of humor. Reminds me of watching a kid throw a hilarious tantrum. (mind you, I say this out of personal experience because I didn’t know that there was supposedly a prohibition on praying while angry… or even angry at Him!)
    He’s just so good to us!

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  44. Many years ago, my mom told me, “God is big enough to handle our anger.” I’ve learned, since He’s the one who gave us our emotions, he also gave us the freedom to love Him enough to take every single emotion and thought and feeling to Him. Thank you for this great post!

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  45. I needed to see this today. I realized last night that I had not been praying like usual. I realized that I hadn’t talked to God…and that I had been avoiding it.
    The reason was that I was upset, and I tend not to go to God when I’m upset. It was trivial. Nothing’s “wrong.” I was just really having a grumpy, unhappy week. I always talk to God when I am happy and calm and peaceful. I pour out my gratitude.
    When I am unhappy, however, I draw inward, and I forget to ask for help. I forget to vent my frustrations to Him. I actually avoid him. I don’t let him touch my problems. I don’t let him touch my anger and my sadness.
    And you…Miss Rae…you nailed it. Right on the head. I needed this so very much today. Thank you.

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  46. I have always had a difficult relationship with God. In my family religion skipped a generation so both of my parents are atheists while my grandparents were (on my dad;s side) Catholic and on my mom’s side Buddist.

    The first time I cried in a church was in USAF basic training. But what was funny was the squadron was separated by religion (on Sundays) and all of the Catholics were the losers, but with a super power.

    I sucked at shooting but I got a 99 on the written exam.

    My best friend was from PR and spoke little English but she got the highest score on the shooting test.

    Graduation week, when we passed shooting, written tests and physical fitness we were paired off to watch over the newbie squadrons. I will never forget at two am she said, “God is watching over us. He knew we deserved this.”

    Sadly I lost touch with her, but I will always keep in my heart. No matter what your situation God is there.

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