No one’s allowed to be angry at church


I’ve been looking for a few days for liturgical prayers that express anger; genuine angry prayers that a community can give together.

I can’t find any.

I can find prayers to release anger and prayers that pray for solace and shalom, but I find no prayers that let the pray-er pray to the pray-ee that they are currently angry, and offer no sign of releasing said emotional state.

Hypothesis: Somewhere along the way, the church neutered prayer language to be emotionally harmless, sterile, request rituals to an occasionally wish dispensing deity.



Here. These folks were angry. 

Psalm 10:1

Why do you stand so far away, Lord,
hiding yourself in troubling times?

Psalm 22:1

My God! My God,
why have you left me all alone?
Why are you so far from saving me—
so far from my anguished groans?

Psalm 49:2

I will say to God, my solid rock,
“Why have you forgotten me?
Why do I have to walk around,
sad, oppressed by enemies?

Psalm 44:23-24

Wake up! Why are you sleeping, Lord?
Get up! Don’t reject us forever!
Why are you hiding your face,
forgetting our suffering and oppression?

Psalm 74:1

God, why have you abandoned us forever?
Why does your anger smolder
at the sheep of your own pasture?

Psalm 74:11

Why do you pull your hand back?
Why do you hold your strong hand close to your chest?


Psalm 79:10

Why should the nations say,
“Where’s their God now?”

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