Let Us Pray: Asking “Why?”

Prayer always includes permission to ask, “Why?”  But often the question remains unanswered.  At such times, we cannot continue to search for explanations.  This will only result in incurable frustration and confusion.  Instead, we must turn to Incarnation.  We can only see how God feels about us when we hurt by seeing how Jesus felt about the sick, the suffering, and the dying.  Jesus puts a face on God, and it is a face that says, “I care.”  It is a face that says, “I am with you, even when you cannot recognize me” (e.g. Luke 24: 15-16).  It is a face that says “I love you, and nothing can separate you from my love” (Romans 8:35-39). 

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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1 Response to Let Us Pray: Asking “Why?”

  1. Kathy says:

    Amen! Wonderful words – wonderful reminder.

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