20 Jul “Bottled Tears and Bowls of Prayers”
Two of the most potent weapons we have as Christians are TEARS and PRAYERS! Imagine! Every tear you have shed as a saint of God is considered by God to be valuable enough to place in His bottle! The rhetorical question is asked: “Are they not in Your Book?” Answer: Yes, those prayers are in HIs Book and His Bottle.
Psalm 56:8 says, “You number my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle; are they not in Your Book?
I remember other words about tears in the Bible. “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.” Psalm 126:5
I would encourage us all (myself included) — Tears are very effective with God. When was the last time you were really burdened with a need, or concerned enough about a situation, that you labored to the point of weeping over it? Too big to cry? Probably not. Too proud to cry? Very possible! Too busy to reflect? Very probable. Too preoccupied to calm yourself down and allow yourself to reflect on what really needs prayer? Most likely.
Those bottles of tears are still effective after you die. More than once, I have seen tears answered after the pray-er was dead, boxed, and buried. A loved one came to Christ. A plea for intervention was finally answered.
Rev. 5:8: “Now when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.”
Your prayers are like a sweet perfume to God! He loves that smell. God is attracted to the smell and action required to pray. He has linked Himself to our prayers. Consider the formula. “Ask, and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and it shall be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8
Now consider a story of a man approaching Jesus. His name was “Blind Bart” (Bartimaeus). “Have mercy on me!” “Be quiet. Can’t you tell the Master is busy?” Blind Bart called all the louder. “Master! Have mercy on me!” (Bart was moved to tears. His cry was his prayer.) Jesus responded, “What would you have Me do?” Blind Bart appealed in prayer. “Lord, that I might receive my sight.” Bart had been moved to tears. He begged in prayer. Jesus healed Bart on the spot.
Hum! I wonder what would happen if we were moved to tears and stormed Heaven with our prayers?