Praying like Jeremiah

You will be righteous, Lord,
even if I bring a case against You.
Yet, I wish to contend with You:
Why does the way of the wicked prosper?
Why do all the treacherous live at ease?

Jeremiah 12:1 HCSB

I love Jeremiah’s prayer here. He’s looking around at all of this terrible mess in Judah, just wondering what God’s up to.

  • God’s not making sense.
  • God seems absent. Aloof.

And look how he begins His prayer. You will be righteous, Lord.

Even though You’re not making sense, and even though I can’t see why You’re doing things the way You’re doing them, You’re right, Lord. You’re always right.

What if we prayed that way?

  • God, things aren’t making sense to me, but You’re always right, so please help me see how You see.
  • God, before I even complain or ask why You’re doing this, I just want to acknowledge that You know what You’re doing.

We’ll always have questions and concerns, but before we voice them, let’s remember who we’re talking to.



  1. amazing from the mouth of babes comes the wisdom. yes I am a grandmother and still learning! A good swift kick is sometimes a necessity!

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