Excerpt From: Bounds, E.M. “Power Through Prayer.”
To weep means; to express grief, sorrow, or any overpowering emotion by shedding tears; shed tears; cry.
The reason for Jesus’ weeping is found in John 11:33; "When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled." He was move by the sorrow and weeping of someone else.
The last time I wept because I was move by someone else sorrow was when one if my close friends were going through a difficult time in her marriage. I remember the grief and sadness I felt, the sense of hopelessness that aroused in me that drove me to my knees to pray for my friend.
As I think of the times I weep when I pray it’s normally when I want something to happen, when something I want doesn't happen, or when I am trying to work through a deep heart issue in me. Maybe I want my kids to be obedient, my husband to be more aware of my need to do things that make me feel special, my biological family to find God, my fears to not trap me from doing God’s will, the list can go on. I rarely weep in prayer over someone else sorrow and grief.
What if instead of praying for my kids to be obedient, I prayed for the struggles they face, the pain they feel when they disappoint me or their dad, the pain they feel when they get teased for doing what is right, the fear that traps them and causes them to be dishonest at times, what if I prayed for the pressure they feel to fit into society, or the daily reality that if they chose God they have become enemies of the world and that must be hard at school.
What if instead of praying for my husband for my husband to be more aware of my needs, I prayed for the frustration he must feel every time he disappoints me, the sorrow he must feel every time he hears of a guy doing something special for his wife and he hasn't done something in a while, or the sadness he must feel when he notices that I am not feeling special.
I believe that if I prayed in this way, I will weep more in prayer because I will be more in touch with reality instead of generality.
I know understand better James 4:3; "When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures." I realize that something all my prayers have in common is; it’s all about me, except for the prayers for those who are sick.
I pray because I want deeper relationships with people and I know that the only way is with God. Although that's not a bad desire, my motive should be for the person to experience healing, freedom; for the person to not give victory to Satan that may lead them to stop trusting that with God all things are possible.
Jesus wept; may I weep not for my benefit but for the people to see that everything is possible for him who believes (Mark 9:23)
Dear God good morning thank you for waking me up and for the opportunity to come before you.
Thank you for letting me see that my prayers need to be more heart felt. I pray that the time I am about to spend praying to you after I finish write this paragraph will allow me to see the sorrow and grief of those around me, so I can keep them on my heart and mind throughout the day.
In Jesus name I pray