My small group is doing “famous prayers of the Bible” this season. We don’t have a book (although I’m sure there’s a great one out there), we’re just reading the most noteworthy prayers of the Bible and figuring out how that affects our prayer life.
Habakkuk 3 was an interesting read last night, expressing a wide range of emotions through prayer. Probably the most challenging part to our discussion was figuring out how vindication fits into our prayers. Habakkuk prayed for his enemies to get their’s, and we came around to seeing that we should too. Justice is a holy thing, and therefore we should ask for it. Asking for justice also makes you more holy because you take vindication out of your hands and placed it in God’s.
In the end, what impressed us most about Habakkuk’s prayer life, was that in the midst of confusion, suffering, and questioning, he brought it all back to a firm trust in God through all things.