Scripture Reading: Romans 8:26-27
As we continue our reflection on the theme ‘You can sow in tears’, we are reminded that it is also possible; to have a weeping spirit even when no literal tears run down the cheek. Know that God is interested in your inward disposition (1 Samuel 16:7). It is time to stop crying in the flesh and start crying in the spirit, to shed tears of prayers. Tears of prayer are more profitable and produce harvest of joy. Instead of crying before men, let us cry before God. Great men of God of old were people who sowed in tears of prayer, they wept in the spirit, they called on God in times of pain with tears in the eyes, and God wiped their tears away. In Numbers 25:6, Moses wept for the sins of his people. In Isaiah 16:9, prophet Isaiah wept for the needs of his people. God told king Josiah in 2kings 22:19 “Because your heart was penitent, and you humbled yourself before the Lord, when you heard how I spoke against this place, and against its inhabitants, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and because you have torn your clothes and wept before me. I also have heard you, says the Lord.” Nehemiah wept before God, Nehemiah 1:4 “ When I heard these words I sat down and wept, and mourned for days, fasting and praying before the God of heaven.” Jeremiah is known as the ‘weeping prophet’ because of the great prayer burden he carried for his people, Jeremiah 14:17,“ Let my eyes run down with tears night and day, and let them not cease” the word of God says in Lamentations 3:48-50 “My eyes overflow with streams of tears because of the destruction of the daughter of my people. My eyes overflow continually and will not cease. Until the Lord looks down and sees from heaven.” (AMP) Paul, that great apostle was a man of tears; “Serving the Lord with all humility and with tears, enduring the trials that came to me through the plots of the Jews,” (Acts 20:19).
Go before the Eucharistic Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, sit there with him, just gaze at him in total surrender and see him act. Dear friends, no tears shed in prayer are ever forgotten by God. Intercession watered with your tears is a powerful invocation to heaven. Your tears of the spirit are important dispositional factor that heaven cannot overlook. God knows the secret depth of your longing, even better than you can express it. By deeply identifying with those for whom you pray, seek to deepen your heart’s cry to God. Do not so much seek to produce outward tears, rather let there be an inward groaning that might result to outward tears in prayer. Remember that tears from your innermost heart, the messages of your inward cry is understood by the Holy Spirit, for “May those who sow in tears, reap with shouts of joy.”
Wisdom 18:14-16; 19:6-9; Psalm 105:2-3,36-37,42-43 (R. 5a) Luke 18:1-8
- LAURENCE O’TOOLE OF DUBLIN
- Thank the Lord for the gift of His Word today.
- Take this prayer: Give me tears when I kneel at your throne each day, loving Lord, I pray, give me tears when I intercede, break this cold stony heart of mine; melt my heart with your holy fire and divine passion. May my heart be a crucified heart always, may the burden for souls and afflictions of men cause me to weep before you daily. Give me tears when I preach of your undying love for men, give me tears when I stand in prayer; fill me at the end with tears of joy in all my supplications- in Jesus name-Amen.
- Tell God to grant consolation to all those who are sowing in tears.
- Pray for all family seeking the fruit of the womb, that God blesses them speedily
- Pray for all seeking profitable God fearing partners that God may look at their tears and hear their prayers
- Pray for all sick members of the Daily Strength family that God extend his healing power upon them
- Thank God for answered prayers
Exercise: Do not waste your tears in hopelessness rather shed tears of prayer.
Memory Verse: Psalm 18:6