So once more the people complained against Moses. “Give us water to drink!” they demanded. “Quiet!” Moses replied. “Why are you complaining against me? And why are you testing the LORD?”
Exodus 17:2, NLT

The people complained about their problems instead of praying. Some problems can be solved by careful thought or rearranging our priorities. Some can be solved by discussion and good counsel. But some problems can be solved only by prayer.

I should make a determined effort to pray when I feel like complaining because complaining only raises my level of stress. Prayer quiets my thoughts and emotions and prepares me to listen.

There are many things within my life that are easily enough for me to complain about. When I take the time and effort needed to pray instead of choosing to complain I am better able remove the emotion of any situation and recognize how God wishes me to proceed by listening to acting on the facts.

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