May 17, 2019

Why You Need to Cry

By Derrick D’souza

    By Derrick D’souza

When was the last time you cried in the presence of God?

David says in Psalm 3:4 (KJV), “I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.”

There is something about ‘crying’ out to the Lord. It will simply amaze you if you run a search on how many times in Psalms, David cries unto the Lord and the response is almost instant with God answering and bringing deliverance.

Don’t get me wrong, the catch is not in the word ‘cry’, but rather how much is our heart longing or crying out for a change or how fed up are we of our current condition, that we are willing to cry out and turn from our ways and embrace His will for our life.

Tears are an outward manifestation of an inward struggle, and our tears only follow the condition of our heart.

Today is your day
I’m writing this because many of you may be going through struggles in your life. Some of you may have adjusted to the problem, while others may have simply put it off surrendering it to “His time”!

Cry, for you long for GOD

I want to encourage you by the Word, TODAY IS THE DAY OF YOUR SALVATION.

The Bible says, in Hebrews 5:7 (KJV) – Jesus, who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;

I remember my own days as a youth I cried and groaned and asked the Lord for strength to deliver me from my addictions. And like the psalmist says, he heard my cry and delivered me from all my fears (Psalm 34:6).

I somehow believe the church today has lost its tears. Our prayers are more like words from our heads, rather than from our hearts. That’s why the tears are missing from our prayers. Tears speak of brokenness and the deep emotion connected with that brokenness. Sadly, our hearts have become so hardened and we don’t even realise how we have conformed and adjusted ourselves to the patterns of the world.

I don’t know why I write these words in this fashion. But I know it’s for someone who is pregnant with God’s desires and is waiting for a breakthrough. May the Spirit of God groan within you. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise (Psalms 51:17).

We read about Hannah in the Bible, who was yearning for a child. 1 Samuel chapter 1 says, “year after year she wept as her rival Peninah kept provoking her”. But her breakthrough came when she did something different that we read about in verse 10. “In her anguish she wept bitterly, but she also prayed”. That’s the power of tears when they are shed in God’s presence with prayers.

Many believers are either crying or busy grumbling about their problems, while others are simply praying ritualistic prayers without a deep desperation to change. We are asking God to change our situations and everybody else around us, while God is waiting for us to change.

This time when Hannah wept, she prayed a selfless prayer. “Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life (1 Samuel 1:11).

In other words, she said “Lord, it is no longer about me, my husband or my changing my rival Peninah, but change me, that I may let go of my deepest desire and surrender it to you.”

And when she did that, God blessed her womb with Samuel, the greatest prophet of all times. And not only that, the Lord blessed her with three sons and two daughters (1 Samuel 2:21).

Romans 8:26 says, the “Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express”. That’s how God Himself prays – His prayer is not superficial nor just emotional! It’s a cry that comes from His heart for His Kingdom to manifest in our lives and no words can express how much He longs for it!

Church, even as you read this, let us not harden our hearts. God is more than willing to embrace and change us! But He needs a willing heart that is longing and groaning for Him above all the things of the world. Let us return back to our first love and pour out our hearts to Him, before it’s too late.

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