Wailing Prayers

Psalm 56:8 (New Living Translation)
“You keep track of all my sorrows.
You have collected all my tears in Your bottle.
You have recorded each one in Your book.”

Whether you’re in the middle of a disaster, greatly distressed or disturbed, depressed, disappointed or dealing with the burdens of others, know that God ALWAYS hears your prayers.

I pray this excerpt from Charles Spurgeon’s “Strengthen My Spirit” Devotional explains it better to you than I ever could. And may it give your heart the same comfort it gave mine today:

“Prayers are instantly noticed in Heaven. Here is comfort for the distressed but praying soul. Often times, a poor broken-hearted one bends his knee but can only utter his wailing in the language of sighs and tears; yet that groan has made all the harps of Heaven thrill with music, that tear has been caught by God and treasured in Heaven.

‘You put my tears into Your bottle’ implies that they are caught as they flow. The suppliant whose fears provide his words will be well understood by the Most High. He may only look up with misty eye, but ‘prayer is the falling of a tear.’ Tears are the diamonds of Heaven; sighs are a part of the music of Jehovah’s court and are numbered with ‘the sublimest strains that reach the majesty on high.

‘Think not that your prayer, however weak or trembling will be unregarded. Our God not only hears prayer, but also loves to hear it. He regards not high looks and lofty words. He cares not for the pomp and pageantry of kings, He listens not to the swell of martial music, He regards not the triumph and pride of man; but wherever there is a heart big with sorrow or a lip quivering with agony or a deep groan or a penitential sigh, the heart of Jehovah is open. He marks it down in the registry of His memory; He puts our prayers, like rose leaves, between the pages of His book of remembrance, and when the volume is opened at last, there shall be a precious fragrance springing up from it.”

“But we are hoping for something we do not have yet,
and we are waiting for it patiently.
Also, the Spirit helps us with our weakness.
We do not know how to pray as we should.
But the Spirit himself speaks to God for us,
even begs God for us with deep feelings that words cannot explain.
God can see what is in people’s hearts.
And he knows what is in the mind of the Spirit,
because the Spirit speaks to God for his people in the way God wants.
Romans 8:25-27 (New Century Version)

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One Response to Wailing Prayers

  1. I’ve felt the depth of a few weeping prayers in recent days. What a beautiful way to think of my tears as being caught and kept by the Father.

    Thank you for sharing Spurgeon’s heart, here. The Spirit works mightily through his pen as well as yours, friend.
    elaine @ peace for the journey recently posted..“Beyond the Scars: daring to live forward” Book Release

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