Forgive me when my words are filled with complaints… to You, to others, to no one in particular. Forgive me when I get focused on the things that aren’t going the way I would like or imagine and get my heart focused instead on the many ways in which you have blessed me. Forgive me Lord when my words which express desire for more or different get in the way of showing the world your abundant grace and joy. Forgive me for the ways these complaining words have damaged relationships, hurt people, or given an inaccurate picture of You.
I can’t help but be reminded of the Israelites who grumbled their way through the wilderness, longing to go back to Egypt… forgetting the slavery they endured there. (Exodus 16, Numbers 11) Your provided freedom and they grumbled that it took so long. You provided food and they grumbled that they wanted something different. You lead them and gave them guidelines to help them live the best life possible and they grumbled. Lord, I confess I do the same. Forgive me of my grumbling.
Replace my complaining spirit with a spirit of praise… a heart that longs to bless Your name and the many ways You provide for me, lead me, care about me, and use me. May I not be conformed to the complaining pattern of this world but may my mind be transformed and renewed (Romans 12:1-2). Like Paul, may I learn contentment and praise in every situation, coming to you with any worry, concern, or fear, presenting requests with thanksgiving to Your glory by your grace (Philippians 4).
In the Mercy and Name of Jesus,
Amen… let it be so!