I cry to the Lord very often.. it is atleast weekly once.. i always have some reason or some pain which makes me cry.. usually I dont find time to cry during the weekdays and so it all gets stacked up for the weekend.. Saturday morning when I really get some additional time to sleep is when it all starts.. whatever mistakes, fights, frustrations, pains I have acquired during the weekwill all come out in the form of tears and cry.. after I cry I get up and continue my regular tasks.. sometimes if I am deeply hurt I cry before I go to sleep. But I never cry in public or in front of others or in Prayer meetings..
I used to initially think that crying comes out of hopelessness, and I have to be a person of hope and so I will not cry.. but then after sometime I stopped fighting with it and i just let my crying be a part of my life.. being in Christ I see numerous advantages of crying..
When I cry..I know I am not Godless..Job 36:13 The godless in heart harbor resentment; even when he fetters them, they do not cry for help.
Psalm 84:2 My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
Also, I have learnt is the best way to make God hear our prayer is to cry out to Him.. tears don't go waste.. Exodus 3:7 The Lord said, I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.
2 Kings 20:5 Go back and tell Hezekiah, the ruler of my people, 'This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the Lord.
He is a God of compassion and He hears ourgenuinecries and He makes perfect plans to answer them.When Jesus saw the Widow crying "his heart went out to her".. everytime we cry His heart comes to us..
Luke 7:13-15 When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, Don't cry. Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, Young man, I say to you, get up! The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.
Almost everyday something or the other unjust keeps happening around us, which is out of our control.. the best way to fight it is through tears, and cry out to the Lord for His justice.. rather than we shouting in anger and frustration or hurting or cursing somebody.
Lamentations 2:18 The hearts of the people cry out to the Lord. You walls of Daughter Zion, let your tears flow like a river day and night; give yourself no relief, your eyes no rest.
Malachi 2:13 Another thing you do: You flood the Lord's altar with tears. You weep and wail because he no longer looks with favor on your offerings or accepts them with pleasure from your hands.
Tears are the best way to fight against the evil that goes around in our lives..Paul served the Lord with humility and tears.. as he was fighting the Jews..
Acts 20:19 I served the Lord with great humility and with tears and in the midst of severe testing by the plots of my Jewish opponents.
Acts 20:31 So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.
Tears not only shows our pains.. it also shows our compassion and love for others..2 Corinthians 2:4 For I wrote you out of great distress and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to grieve you but to let you know the depth of my love for you.
At the sametime.. ensure that no one is crying to the Lord against you..Deuteronomy 24:15 Pay them their wages each day before sunset, because they are poor and are counting on it. Otherwise they may cry to the Lord against you, and you will be guilty of sin.
James 5:4 Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.
I tend to be a "crier". I will be so moved emotionally that my eyes will fill with tears and pretty soon they are spilling down my face. As I have aged, the propensity to cry has become greater.
I have truly learned the importance of tears. In 2008, I had chemotherapy and though people are familiar with side-effects such as hair loss from some chemo drugs, a less familiar side-effect is that the chemical composition of your tears is altered. My tears seemed like what could be best described as "thick and oily". You wouldn't think it but this had a profound effect on me. In addition to other things, tears cleanse the body of toxins that build up in our bodies under stressful situations. This is why people often feel better after what could be called a "good cry". During chemo, that natural cleansing could not take place due to my messed-up tears. I would get so frustrated that I would cry harder.
I remember months later when I was finally finished and my tears returned to normal. I cried for several hours actually. It felt SOOOOO good that I just cried and cried for sheer joy. I would stop and then the tears would begin to flow again. Tears actually can be very healing...especially when we are crying before the Lord.
[quote]Also, I have learnt is the best way to make God hear our prayer is to cry out to Him.[/quote]
We need to remember this foundational fact - our prayers are heard only because of the Cross, nothing less and nothing more for we are but dust in Gods sight. Tears to blakmail God is a no no - tears of remorse and repentance God looks favourably upon and then only by his Sovereign grace will he decide to respond.