Cry out to God


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Hannah was speaking in her heart; only her lips moved, and her voice was not heard.

1 Samuel 1:13

Hannah found herself in deep pain as she cried out to the Lord because of her infertility. Her agony was expressed in prayer, and God heard her. At some point in time, each one of us will experience this type of crying out to God. Our pain and disappointment doesn’t get ignored; rather, the Lord keeps our tears in a bottle (Psalm 56:8). He hears our cries for help and answers in His perfect timing.

It’s important for us to release the tears of disappointment, trials, tragedies, and loss. The Old Testament prophets wept over the sins of the people (Nehemiah 1:4, Lamentations 1:16, Daniel 10:2). When Jesus walked the earth, He wept (John 11:35). The Apostle Paul wept for the church as well as those who were lost (2 Corinthians 2:4).

In this lifetime we will weep for our sins as well as the sins of others. We will cry out to God for deliverance, justice, and peace. Our cries are part of this Christian journey. We live in a world of sin and unrest that is never-ending until Jesus returns. When we cry out to God, we are expressing our sorrow and allowing His Spirit to minister to our hurts. Crying out is a prayer language that only God can understand. He can translate our true desires and answer them in His way.

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Weeping may endure for a night, but our joy is reinvigorated in the morning (Psalm 30:5). Crying to the Lord is a purifying process that reminds us that we are His. As a loving heavenly Father, He sends us peace and comfort so that we know He is with us. Crying to God isn’t in vain; rather, it’s a shout-out that we desperately need Him to help us.


Dear Lord, I cry out to You for help. I have no one but You to help me through the difficult days and long nights. Hear my prayers and answer them according to Your will. In Jesus’ name, amen.

In His Service,

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