Scripture Reading: Psalm 126:5-6
As we join all Daily Strength family in these two days, let us ask God for divine protection and blessings. Tears are precious in the sight of God, when they are tears of longing, shed in intercession or tears of joy as you praise God for answered prayers. The son of God knows what it means to weep in intercession (John 11:35). “Jesus wept” does not only explain the love and compassion of Jesus, but also the relationship between tears and (prayer) intercession. In Hebrew 5:7, the bible confirmed that Jesus prayed with tears, “In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.”
Dear friends, there are many reasons for tears around us. Interior pain devour the soul, sickness and afflictions weakens the body, joblessness frustrates plans, barrenness destroys the family, stubbornness of children and directionless living brings heart break, examination failures cut short expectations, household enemies hurt hearts, friends by day and enemies at night leave one dumb-founded, economic recession makes things severe for the people, social rejection makes life bitter. In all these situations of life, one cannot but let tears flow. Child of God, the message today says do not waste your tears in self-pity and hopelessness; rather learn to sow in tears of prayer and supplication like Jesus who with tears offered up prayers. In the garden before His passion, Jesus sowed His agony and pain in tears of prayer to His heavenly Father. From this we leam that anyone who sows in tears of prayer, harvests strength and courage to sustain him or her till the harvest of joy that comes in the morning. You should not be ashamed of shedding tears in prayer. Our tears of intercession affirm the depth of our connectedness with those we pray for and pray with. It tells God of the intensity of longing which underlies our prayers, adds a personal emotional concordance with our logic of prayer. Tears are so intensely personal that the praying soul can weep more naturally and freely when only God is the witness to the tears.
Dear friends, Joel 2:17 says; “Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep. Let them say, “Spare your people, O Lord, and do not make your heritage a mockery, a byword among the nations. Why should it be said among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?” There are several situations in the world today that call for our tears in prayer. We should weep because many are forsaking the Lord, we should weep for sin is multiplying, we should weep for the love of God in many hearts in the church are growing cold, we should weep for many soldiers of Christ are sleeping at their duty posts, we should weep because many children of the kingdom are suffering from all round spiritual kwashiorkor for lack of divine knowledge even on the table of divine celebrations. Our tears of repentance, tears of joy, tears of humility, tears of divine encounter, and tears of prayers from a sincere heart are powerful invocation to God.
Wisdom 13:1-9, Psalm 19:2-3,4-5ab(R. 2a) Luke 17:26-37 ST. STANISLAUS KOSTKA
- Give thanks to God for this first day of fasting and prayer
- My Father and my God, there are lots of deadness in me (mention them), I ask O Father that you resurrect my lifelessness (PRAY)
- Enlighten me, O good Jesus with the brightness of eternal light and cast out all darkness from the dwelling of my heart (PRAY)
- Lord, in your power, restrain my wondering thoughts and suppress in me the temptations that so violently assault me from time to time
- In the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord, I spoil every evil plot concerning me or any member of the Daily Strength family
- Pray for four (4) members of your family yet to know the Lord
Exercise: Today pray intensely for that woman, neigbour or relation seeking the fruit of the womb.
Memory Verse: Isaiah 22:12