“I cry out to the Lord with my voice; with my voice to the Lord I make my supplication. I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare before Him my trouble.” (Psalm 142:1).
I can’t begin to stress just how powerful and important it is to have a personal relationship with God. God longs to share with you His heart of love toward you, His will for your life and family and His ways. In spending time alone with God one day, nurturing my personal relationship with Him, I learned a lesson that has blessed me tremendously, and I know it will bless you too! God showed me that some of the most powerful prayers made are those comprised of just tears poured out to Him, groaning and even pouring out your complaint to Him. Religion is never going to agree with this truth because religion wants an articulate prayer at all times, but I learned that life’s challenges sometimes had me with literally no words… and just tears, groaning and a complaint instead…and thankfully; God doesn’t despise these prayers! Instead He pities us, and He answers the groans, cries and complaint of the brokenhearted. Can you see why I love Him? God understands our humanity and all the issues of life we face (Hebrews 4:15).
The Lord proved this to me one day while reading about Hanna in the bible. Hanna was barren, and although she had a husband who loved her, she really longed for a child. Hanna went to God with weeping, bitterness and a complaint (See, 1 Samuel, Chapter 1). How did God answer her in His graciousness? He sent a prophet to tell her that by that same time next year she would bear a son, and indeed, she bore a son! Not just any son, but Samuel, a true man of God whom the bible records as being a prophet who spoke, and when he did, not one word he prophesied fell to the ground! (1 Samuel 3:19). God is so good!
God also showed me Jesus had a prayer of groaning once, and God answered Him by raising a man, [Lazarus] who was in a tomb for four days, from the dead (See John, Chapter 11). Specifically, the bible says that Jesus, who saw the family and friends of Lazarus weeping and mourning his death,“…groaned in the spirit and was troubled” and “…Jesus, again [was] groaning in Himself” and “Jesus wept” (John 11:33 & 35, Emphasis and Bold Mine). Then the word says that Jesus, “lifted up His eyes and said, Father, I thank You that You have heard Me…” (John 11:41). Notably, Jesus had not said a word, but we see from the scriptures that He did groan and weep. Powerful prayers! God showed me with this passage of scripture, God hears and interprets our groans and tears…they are powerful prayers to God! When God answered this prayer of Jesus, Lazarus, who was dead for four days, rose from the dead as if it were only taking a catnap! God is so good! (John 11:44). If you are someone who has experienced a painful trial, you understand that sometimes all you have to give God is your tears, moans, groans and complaints…and God in His love hears that powerful prayer too, and He answers it!
“In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, and my cry came before Him, even to His ears. (Psalm 18:6).
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