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Tears and our Spiritual Life 

Crying and Spirituality

When our eyes become damp and watery in our everyday life, we call it “shedding tears.” In our society shedding tears is thought to be weak-heartedness and lack of courage. Men often shed their tears in solitude so that other people will not think that they are weak or cowardly. In fact, our tears are our expression of emotion.

God almighty, our Creator, has placed tears in human beings. They do not waste their tears everywhere but preserve them so that at special occasions they may express their intensive and extreme emotions and feelings through these tears. Crying in the presence of God. They do not express their sufferings, pain, and agony in words but in the form of tears. There are also tears of joy which appear in times of extreme joy or thankfulness.

For example, a brother and a sister, or a mother and son, meet one another after a long period of time apart. They are happy and excited to such an extent that in this extreme joy they have tears in their eyes. When a person cannot handle his emotions and those emotions get out of his control, they turn into tears.

If a person is very grateful to another person, due to gratitude and thankfulness his eyes may become damp and wet.

Then there are other tears which are for showoff, these are called “crocodile tears.” Crocodile tears are not real tears, they do not come from our inner-being or from our heart; in them there is always an element of deception.

Within most humans, our tears are very precious, a secret ingredient and a valuable asset. These tears are presented to special people on special occasions. In the Word of God, tears are mentioned on several occasions. Let us see what role these tears play in the life of a believer:

What is the meaning of crying when praying?

1.  Hannah & Tears  

Hannah has no child; she went to the temple.

“And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore”

1 Samuel 1:10

Then we move to verses six through eight, and we read:

“And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb. And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat. Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?”

1 Samuel 1:6-8

      In verse seven we see that Hannah, due to her barrenness and humiliation from Peninnah, was much worried and grieved and weeps bitterly. In the first picture Hannah weeps due to her circumstances and hardships and it all end up on tears.

      “It starts with tears and it ends up with tears.” When we focus on the human situation and our circumstances and we weep, then our life comes to a standstill, we cannot more forward.

      In the second picture the circumstances of Hannah are the same, now she is not only weeping but she is weeping bitterly before God. She is busy praying unto God and weeping bitterly.

.This is a prayer of tears.

.This is a prayer with tears.

.This is a prayer in tears.

.This is a prayer wrapped in tears.

.This is a liquid prayer.

.There is no need of words in this prayer.

.Whatever is in the heart of Hannah she is presenting it before God, without words but in the form of tears.

“Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken. And Eli said unto her, ‘How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee’”

1 Samuel 1:13-14

Hannah responded to Eli:

“…and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD”

1 Samuel 1:15

She was praying with tears for a son, and God answered her prayer. He blessed her with a son and she named him Samuel. Hannah said,

“For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him”

1 Samuel 1:27

When with great sincerity, burden, pain, agony, groaning, grief and tears, we ask from God according to His divine will, then He certainly provides. The tears of Hannah, God turned into joy.

Have you ever asked from God with tears?

Try tears.

2.  Hezekiah and Tears

“In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, ‘Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live.’ Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, and said, ‘Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight’. And Hezekiah wept sore”

Isaiah 38:1-3

“Then came the word of the LORD to Isaiah, saying, ‘Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years’”

Isaiah 38:4-5

Hezekiah had become so sick that he was near to death. Isaiah the Prophet said to him, “You must make arrangements for your household because you will die.” For the restoration of his health, Hezekiah wept bitterly, (verse 3). This is a natural response. It was a very serious, life-threatening disease. God spoke through Isaiah to Hezekiah, “You will die and your life will not be spared.”

The plans of God are solid and unchangeable. Hezekiah wept bitterly for his physical healing and life. God heard his cry, his lamentation, his groaning, and responded, “I have seen your tears.’’ God healed him and extended his life for fifteen more years.

This is an excellent historical fact which was written by the inspiration of Holy Spirit in the Holy Word. In Isaiah 38:2 it is written:

“Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD.”

-Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall.

-He disconnected himself from the world.

-Now he is fully concentrating on the holy Person of God.

-He prays unto the Lord.

-Now there is no other way for him, apart from God.

-Hezekiah is a King.

-He knows that he is nothing, he is empty.

-He is absolutely dependent on the holy Person of God.

-He is powerless.

-He has no control over anything.

-He is a created being.

God is the Creator.

-He is empty-handed before God.

-At the end of verse 3 we read,

“And Hezekiah wept sore.” He wept bitterly.

This is his contrition.

This is his brokenness.

It is his submission.

It is his surrender.

“I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years”(v. 5).

-God hears.

-God sees.

-God sees tears.

-God wipes away tears.

-God answers our prayers.

-God turns our tears into triumph.

-God turns our tears into joy.

The plans of God are eternal, but when we sincerely ask God with our tears then he may changes his plans, according to His divine will. Tears play a very vital role in our spiritual life.

“Tears are a silent and soundless prayer, which comes out of the depth of our heart and it passes through the heights of skies and reaches in the presence of Holy God.”

3.  Jeremiah and Tears

Jeremiah is known as the “weeping prophet.’’ Day and night he shed tears for his nation so that the nation might come onto the straight track. He says,

“Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!”

Jeremiah 9:1

He has a great burden and love for his nation, with groaning, grief, compassion, care, and concern that they may escape from the coming wrath.

Do you shed tears for others?

4.  Jesus and Tears

     Jesus saw Jerusalem and wept. Jesus saw the future time; He knew the future destruction of this city.

“And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,”

Luke 19:41

     When Jesus went to the grave of Lazarus, he also wept there. 

“Jesus wept”

John 11:35

     The Jews saw that Jesus loved Lazarus. Jesus wept on the death of his friend. In the grief of Mary and Martha, this was the partnership of tears. Jesus participated and identified in the sorrow, agony, pain   and grief of Mary and Martha.

     It is written;

“…and weep with them that weep”

Romans 12:15

     There are tears to feel the need and pain of others. Jesus truly felt the need of this family.

-These were the tears of compassion.

-These were the tears of love.

-These were the tears of grief.

1. You, Me, and Tears

2. Do you and I shed tears for others?

3. Do you have pain for others?

4. Do you share, or participate in the sufferings and pain of others?

5. Do you feel the need of others?

6. Do you have mercy, love, and compassion for others?

7. Do you have tears of brokenness?

8. Do you shed tears for the lost souls?

9. Do you ask from the Lord, for yourself with tears?

10. Do you ask for others from the Lord with tears?

11. Do you shed tears before God?

12. Do you feel regret about your sins and shed tears?

13. Do you shed tears for yourself, your family, church, and nation?

 14. Why is the relationship between crying and spirituality?

 15 What is the meaning of crying when praying?

The Psalmist writes:

“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him”

Psalm 126:5-6

Do you really shed your tears from the depths of your heart?

This is my heartfelt prayer, that Lord may grant you and me the grace to shed tears so that we may reap with Joy.



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