Praying When God Opposes You
Lamentations 3:1-3 "I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of the Lord’s wrath. 2 He has driven me away and made me walk in darkness rather than light; 3 indeed, he has turned his hand against me again and again, all day long."The words of the prophet Jeremiah above are the just beginning of a litany of lines about God's hand being against him. For the prophet Jeremiah, he had no use talking about his own suffering as if God could not have somehow prevented the suffering. In fact, Jeremiah wrote his lamentation with conviction that God was the inflicter of his pain, which seems terrible.
1) Though God sends suffering our way, he also sends all mercies our way. In perhaps the most striking contrast in all the Bible we see that this same prophet that reflected on how God was against him with lines like this, "He has broken my teeth with gravel" then turned and recognized the flip side of God's control, "Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
We can pray to God when we suffer because we trust that God is doing something far better for us in our afflictions than we know. Both of these truths help us to pray in the midst of life's deep pains.