“They don’t know how to cry,” I heard the Spirit whisper. Some of God’s people don’t know how to cry. Maybe that was one of the problems with the Laodicean church. (Revelation 3:14-22) Maybe a preoccupation with material wealth had quenched the Spirit which would have moved them to tears had they recognized their spiritually pitiful condition. They were lukewarm. Tepidity does not yield tears. Had they been hot, they would have been burning with passion. Both passion and compassion can produce tears.
Lest I bring you to tears over this issue, especially you men who seldom cry, please let me release you in advance from any condemnation.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2)
If the Spirit doesn’t lead you to cry, who am I to judge another Man’s servant? (Romans 14:4)
Passion may be expressed in various ways, just as we have various ways in which we worship: in giving, in song, in action, in study, in service, in thankfulness. Some may not physically cry and weep before the Lord. A precious saint once told me that she had cried out all her tears! Physically, her eyes no longer were able to cry! But her passion remained! She still cries inside over the sorrows of many orphans and petitions the LORD on their behalf. God looks on the heart.
On the other hand, maybe you do need to cry! Maybe the Spirit will open up to you a new way of prayer through the tears.
Apostle Paul said, “I die daily.” Well, sometimes, I go through phases when I CRY daily! And in this stage of my blessed life, it’s not usually about me. It’s about intercession. The world in which we live is so wicked, so many people are lost, so many are suffering. There’s plenty of reasons to cry. But have we numbed ourselves to the human tragedy that we are no longer concerned? Have we not this pity that moves us to tears? Have we become lukewarm?
The disciples asked of their Master, “LORD, teach us to pray.” I pray:
LORD, teach us to cry. Not just the cries of self-pity but the cries of a broken, contrite heart; the wrenching cries of Your grieved Spirit; the tears of a humbled heart; the soft tears of a soul overwhelmed by your infinite grace; the tears of joy; the tears of love! LORD, bring us to tears for you will surely turn our mourning into wondrous joy!
“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief…and unspeakable love.” – Washington Irving
And what do the Holy Scriptures teach about tears?
Psalm 56:8 (NKJV)
You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book?