"There is a time of weeping approaching"
The Bible says a great deal about weeping, wailing and groaning in prayer, however we have little understanding of the reasons why when we pray, we sometimes enter into these manifestations. Indeed, on occasions we even question the validity and reasons for so doing. As an Appendix to these notes there are 3 things we collectively looked at on the evening before commencing this teaching, it may help to refer to them now, they are
Appendix One – A collection of verses from Joel Appendix Two – Some accounts of revival in Wales Appendix Three – An Intimate Encounter with God – Weeping with Him
A.W.Tozer said “The Bible was written in tears and to tears it will yield its best treasure. God has nothing to say to the frivolous man.”
The Bible reveals at least 7 causes for weeping and contains more than 700 references to weeping, crying, tears and mourning. Jesus once asked Mary “Woman why are you weeping?” John 20:15, we too need to ask when we are moved to tears by an experience of God “Why are we weeping?” This way we shall enter into the depths of our heart and the heart of the Father.
There is no doubt we are called to cry. “Isaiah 22:12 Therefore in that day the Lord God of hosts called you to weeping, to wailing, to shaving the head, and to wearing sackcloth. Instead there is gaiety and gladness”
Romans 12:15 “.. rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep”
Stephen Hill gives 7 types/causes of weeping found in the Bible in his book “Time to Weep”
1. When people remember days of old. (by the rivers of Babylon., the former Temple, the better things of Egypt) 2. At a place of total abasement ( the place of spiritual drought, the Valley of Baca Ps 84:5-6, Jobs experience Job 16:16-17, 2 Chron 34:27 Hilkiah finds the book of the law) 3. When the enemy has triumphed (Jer 13:17, Joel 1:5. Judges 20:26 battle with the Benjaminites) 4. The Lord Wept (Death of Lazarus John 11, looking over Jerusalem Luke 19:41. in the garden, and on the way to Golgotha Luke 23:28 these weeping prayers had eternal destiny in focus) 5. Emotion Emanating from deep concern, worship or prayer (Joseph for his brothers Gen 43:30, Paul for those who had fallen away Phil 3:18, in mourning for Moses Deut 34:8, Jer. 6:26) 6. Weeping and gnashing of teeth 7. When God shall wipe away our tears here on earth and when crying will cease forever in heaven. (Neh 8:9-10, Isaiah 30:19-21, Rev 21:4)
I want to deal in this session with just three aspects of weeping, which we have already mentioned tonight in our preparation stages as Appendixed to these notes
These three areas are:
1) Grieving with God over the state of His creation, the church and us as individuals.
2) Travailing in prayer – what it is and what it is not
3) Swindlers at the altar (Stephen Hills title – so apt I did not want to change it.)