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.
Why do you stand so far away, Lord,
hiding yourself in troubling times?
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?
I will say to God, my solid rock,
“Why have you forgotten me?
Why do I have to walk around,
sad, oppressed by enemies?
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?
God, why have you abandoned us forever?
Why does your anger smolder
at the sheep of your own pasture?
Why do you pull your hand back?
Why do you hold your strong hand close to your chest?
Why should the nations say,
“Where’s their God now?”