Spiritual Practice

A Prayer of Tears

Sometimes, life overwhelms me and all I can do is cry. At that point, my heart is so heavy that I can’t even think how to begin a prayer. I try to pray; but as the tears flow, I find it difficult to form the words. Then I cry even more.

One day while reading my Bible, God spoke to me through Psalm 34:15 (NIV): “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry.” The Lord not only hears my cry but is also attentive to my cry. Being attentive means “Paying special attention” or “listening carefully.” As I continued to read, verse 17 proclaimed that the Lord hears my cry and delivers me from all my troubles.

Psalm 34 assures us that God hears our prayers and delivers us from trouble.

My cry is my prayer. Now I know that the Lord can search my heart and hear my prayer through my tears. I take comfort from knowing that prayer does not always have to be on my knees with my hands folded and my eyes closed. Prayer can take the form of a hurting, sobbing soul.



“There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees.” —Victor Hugo

How do you express your feelings to God in prayer?

—from devozine (July/August 2009). Copyright © 2009 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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