Exodus 17:2a So once more the people complained against Moses.
Just after we learn to talk, we learn how to complain. Once we realize we don’t always get our way or what we want, complaining just seems to come naturally. Like the Rolling Stones’ song, “You can’t always get what you want.”
Complaining doesn’t benefit anyone. The Israelites might have received water from the rock, manna from heaven and quail, but they also angered and frustrated God. Their persistent complaints succeeded in getting them something to eat and drink, but it failed to develop trust and faith in the Lord who saved them from slavery in Egypt.
When we pray, are we honestly seeking an answer, or is it a complaint against God because He isn’t providing what we want when we want it? Is our persistence a reflection of our faith and trust when we pray for something God seemingly isn’t providing in the time we want?
Teach me to pray. Knowing you are good and desire only good for me, I should come to You in gratitude and awe. Help my time with You be more about You than me. Make my requests a matter of trust and allow my faith in You to grow as I seek You in praise and worship.