Prayer Calendar: Tear Drops of Prayer

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LDCatDave Acree is our Prayer and Spiritual Life Catalyst. This is a welcome to the monthly Prayer Calendar which we publish to promote prayer throughout the EFCC family. If you would like to receive the Prayer Calendar by e-mail, you can sign up for it on this page, or you can see the latest copy here.

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Tears face mixed reviews in Western culture. Some cry easily while others hardly cry at all. Some see tears as embarrassing and a sign of weakness while others see them as a welcome and healthy release. I’m a middle of the road kind of guy when it comes to crying. Though as I grow older I find that I cry more readily.

In fact, I no longer go to the movie theatre to watch a “tear-jerker”. I envision people around me wondering what’s up with this white-haired old guy quietly sobbing in the corner. So I watch at home instead.

Tears and prayer are often companions in scripture.

“All night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears . . . . The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer.” (Psalm 6:6, 9)

“When Paul had finished speaking, he knelt down with all of them and prayed. They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him.” (Acts 20;36-37)

“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.” (Hebrews 5:7)

Read through Psalm 107. There are four groups of people who “cry out to the Lord.” There are those who are lost and wandering; those who are chained by guilt; those who are experiencing the results of foolish rebellion; and those who are tossed by the storms of life. They all come to the place where they have had enough and “cry out to the Lord in their distress.”

Were there tears involved? Probably; tears of desperation, frustration and even anger. But they were also tears of faith in the Lord. Guess what? The Lord saved them from their distress.

Tears are nothing more than an expression of the emotional depth of our situation, a recognition that we are out of our depth to be able to do anything more with what we are facing.

Sometimes my praying is too detached, too clinical, too perfunctory. You too? Perhaps we need to let go and feel more deeply. We could use a few more tears drops of prayer.