PRAYER WITH TEARS!
“…..in his strength he struggled with God. ……He wept, and sought favor from Him” (Hosea 12:3, 4).
The first and foremost among prayers is the prayer of tears. Look at a child! May be hunger or an ant’s bite or falling down, whatever the problem may be, it expresses all its needs to its mother through cry. The heart beats become rapid for a mother when her child cries. Once she hears the child’s cry, she comes fast and takes care of it; fulfills its needs.
God is like a mother to us. He is God El Shaddai. The word El Shaddai means ‘Breast like a mother.’ “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem” (Isaiah 66:13). “Can a woman forget her nursing child and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you” (Isaiah 49:15).
David calls God as “O you who hear prayer,” (Psalm 65:2). He is not only one who listens to our prayer but also one to answer it. The prayer of tears melts the heart of God. He will definitely answer the prayer of tears. Being afraid of meeting his brother, Jacob crossed the ford of Jabbok for praying alone. God saw the anguish of his soul and his anxiety and descended for helping him. God strengthened and stabilized Jacob and blessed him.
The prayer of tears which Jacob made on that day helped him to meet his brother in a peaceful atmosphere. Dear children of God, are there problems and struggles for you? Do many people rise against you? Pray with tears. Definitely, there is going to be an answer to your prayer. The hand of God will intervene and make the crooked places straight.
A servant of God was not much educated but he used to pray with tears before coming to the church. During the entire church service, tears will be there in his eyes; while singing, while worshipping and even during sermons. For those who come to the front after the altar call, he will be rendering counselling with tears. Because of this, the divine love will flow in his meetings. Souls came to him in plenty and there was a great revival.
Look at Jesus! He always shed tears while praying. He stood near the tomb of Lazarus and wept (John 11:35). Then he raised Lazarus from the dead. He saw the city of Jerusalem and wept over it (Luke 19:41) He prayed with tears in the Garden of Gethsemane. He knows your tears. He will never neglect your tears and pass away.
To meditate: “Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow” (Psalm 51:7).