Several years ago I went to a prayer conference which was held in Rockaway, New Jersey. The conference was from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM where people from various churches gathered together to cry out to the Lord with one heart. The conference was filled with intimate worship, the ministry of the word and a whole lot of intense prayer. The people there prayed in their understanding and they also prayed in their heavenly language. Also, people who had never received the baptism of Holy Spirit were filled and those who already had the Spirit received a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 14:15). There was also a season of crying out before God in repentance asking the Father to break our hearts with the things that burden His heart. After having a time of repentance, we transition into praying for our loved ones and family members who did not know the Lord to become saved. Finally, after spending time praying for them the Spirit of God moved upon the prayer facilitator to have the congregation, those in the outflow rooms and watching online to cry out for our children. As I prayed for my daughter who was there along with my wife, I experienced the Lord bring me into a deeper level of intercession while praying for my princess.
As I began to pray my normal prayer that the Lord would bless my daughter with a spirit of excellence and leadership in her life, I felt a great flood of tears coming from my eyes. The more I prayed for my daughter, the more I began crying uncontrollably to the point that my wife and daughter began to console me. To eyes of others around me, they could have easily mistaken me crying as if I was either in grieving or hurting real bad. However, what the Lord had me experiencing was not me physically hurting but a level of intercession which was flooded with tears. I would later learn that what the Lord had me to experience in crying out for my daughter was a type of intercession which I heard one preacher called liquid prayers. The intercession of liquid prayers is not about speaking fancy or eloquent words but it is about allowing your heart to be lined up with the heart of God. Now I believe there are three important principles we have to understand why we would experience the intercession of liquid prayers on behalf of someone, a group of people or a nation. The first principle we must understand is that experiencing liquid prayers in your prayer time is not a gender thing. The second principle we must understand when we experience an overflow of tears in our prayer time is the indication that we are praying what is on the heart of God. Finally, the third principle we must understand is our tears of intercession are the intense yearning for the Lord to send revival to God’s people.
Have I not wept for him who was in trouble?
Has not my soul grieved for the poor (Job 30:25)?
It’s not a gender thing
The first principle we must understand is that experiencing liquid prayers in your prayer time is not a gender thing. When we were little as boys we were always told either by our father or uncle that men do not cry. Though you may have falling down and hurt yourself, to allow tears to stream down your face, in most cases be followed by a stern voice of an older male for him to stop crying. In those days and even some men, today have bought into the lie of the world that for a young boy or a man to cry is a form of weakness. A man is supposed to always be in control and to put forth the image before others that he is strong. A man who has bought into the lie that a man doesn’t shed tears does not have a biblical understanding of what it means to be a real man. However, a person who is moved by their tears in a time of prayer is not just happening to women but it can also happen to men who willing to be sensitive to the flow of the Spirit of God. The Lord created both male and female with the ability to express how they feel emotions and spiritually through the shedding of one’s tears.
When Jesus came to Bethany to raise his friend Lazarus from the dead, He was met by Lazarus’s sisters and the Jews there weeping. When Jesus saw this the word of God says that He groaned in the Spirit and He wept. Those that saw Jesus weeping began to immediately assume that He was weeping because He loved Lazarus and he was powerless from stopping Lazarus from dying. However, those who saw “Jesus wept”, did not understand that Jesus was not weeping because He could prevent His friend’s death, His weeping was because the Spirit of God was moving in Him for all those there to come and learn that He was the resurrection and the life (John 11:20-45). When a man or woman began to release tears from their eyes while in prayer they are allowing the Holy Spirit to move through them because simple words are just not sufficient enough. If you my brother have been praying for someone and find yourself being overwhelmed with tears for them, that my friend is the Spirit of God having you express liquid prayers. The Lord wants us as the Church to allow our tears to cause a release of God’s resurrection power and speak life to the dying places of our children schools. Through the gift of tears of intercession, we will prophesy to the four winds that the Lord will breathe into our families, our marriages, and to cause His churches to rise up as a mighty army in the Lord.
Praying the heart of God
The second principle we must understand when we experience an overflow of tears in our prayer time is the indication that we are praying what is on the heart of God. When we are asked to pray for someone, we normally would want to know the details on what we need to pray for that person. However, there are other times when we are not afforded the information and the request is still made of us to pray for a brother or sister in need. The best two ways that I have learned how to effectively pray for someone in need of prayer is one having a knowledge of God’s promises for you and me. The second way I believe we can effectively pray for someone is depending upon the Holy Spirit to lead us to pray from the heart of God. In Romans 8:26-27 the word of God says that when we don’t know how to pray the Holy Spirit “will make intercession on our behalf with groaning”. The Holy Spirit knows the mind of the Spirit and can cause our prayers to be lined up with the will of God. The manifestation of the work of the Holy Spirit is sometimes made evident by moving us to tears on behalf of the person lifting up before the Lord.
In Psalms 126:5 the word of God says “that when we sow in tears we shall reap in joy”. The tears that fall from your eyes should not be viewed as tears of defeat in your life but tears which are liquid prayers that touch the heart of God. In Esther 8:3 the word of God says that Esther “fell at the feet of the king and besought him with tears to put away the mischief of Haman and his plan he devised against the Jews”. My sister as you kneel on the side your bed tonight crying out to the Lord to save your daughter, know that the tears falling from your eyes is breaking the chains of bondage off of her life. My brother as you walk through the park in the late evening asking the Lord to rescue your son, the tears falling from your eyes is releasing the hand of the Lord in his life. My dear Pastor as you lay prostrate on your face, praying for your congregation, the tears the flowing your eyes is the move of the Spirit letting you know that God is going to draw the backsliders to back to His heart. As we become sensitive to the prompting of the Spirit of God, our liquid prayers will tear down strongholds, break generational curses and cause miracles to be released to those in need.
A yearning for revival
Finally, the third principle we must understand is our tears of intercession are the intense yearning for the Lord to send revival to God’s people. In the past revivals which broke out in church history, all began from a group of people crying out to the Lord in prayer. Thee old saints in those days would do like the priests and the ministers who would weep between the porch and the altar asking the Lord to send revival in their hearts (Joel 2:17). The people who prayed with liquid prayers were willing to pour themselves out so that God could pour Himself into them. As the people repented with a broken and contrite heart, they would experience the times of refreshing from the Lord (Acts 3:19). The Lord’s refreshing would spread forth from the hearts of men behind the four walls of the church into the homes of families. Men and women would seek the Lord with prayer, fasting and with weeping all realizing that they all need God in their lives.
Oh Lord give us the church the gift of tears and send forth a fresh outpouring upon your people. We need you, Lord, to stir up the heart of your intercessors to weep for those who are in trouble and allow their souls to be grieved for the poor. The spirit of abandonment has of grip on the lives of children as mothers leave their children unattended on a hotel floor as they are in a bathroom near the point of being overdosed. The spirit of the python is trying to squeeze the breath of God from your sons because life has beaten them up so bad they are not willing to lift up their up their hands and open up their mouths and cry out to you. In this hour Father, let liquid prayers flow from the eyes of your prayers and crush the spirit of abandonment and the python under our feet. The word of God says in Jeremiah 9:1 “Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people”! In the name of Jesus let real break forth and cause the lost and the backslidden to bring their drug paraphernalia and other self-destructive items in their pockets and to lay them at your altar. Through the tears of the saints in prayer, let people come from all the four corners to give their lives to Christ, to be willing to join the church and to be baptized in the name of the Lord. In Jesus name, Amen!