Why  I was inspired to write “When saints cry”

It was Tuesday 31st March and I had an assignment. However, I was uncertain about doing the task because I had other pressing things to take care of. I debated on what to do and heard Archangel Michael instruct me to go to the first consideration because someone was crying. I wondered about that, but went.

As I approached the location, I heard loud groaning which could be heard from a distance.A few minutes later, I discovered that there was a woman crying in mental agony. She had a speech deficit but had a cry which God heard. I ministered comfort and healing believing that God would answer her prayer.

As I pondered about that a few days later, I was amazed that the Lord heard that woman’s cry. To human eyes, she was insignificant and unable to articulate words, but God heard her from heaven. Just today, I began to meditate on the cry of the righteous and how God hears.

Archangel Michael asked me therefore to write this post to inspire the CHURCH to cry and to impart the spirit of intercession.

Crying in the scriptures

God hears the cry of those living under oppression

a. Sodom and Gomorrah

God was the first to speak about the cry of a nation that legalized homosexuality. Genesis later revealed that the homosexuals were vicious, heartless, callous people who took what they wanted without permission. Many nations have legalized this sin, but there is a cry that is rising up to heaven from the victims of this very grievous sin. The members of the God family came down to personally investigate, then later to destroy the wicked sinners:

 And the Lord said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous
I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know – Genesis 18:20 & 21
For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the Lord; and the Lord hath sent us to destroy it – Genesis 19: 13.

The cry that God spoke about comes from affliction. It is a loud and bitter cry. It is the cry of those who are trapped in by circumstances, just as the children of Israel cried at the impenetrable Red Sea. This is the cry of those whose blood have been shed. It is the cry of destruction – when there is no more hope.

The cry of which God spake echoes from place to place, filling the airwaves. It is a wail that rises to heaven from nations that do evil. The scriptures warn us to hear the cry of the poor. Church let us cry:

Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry H2201 of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard – Proverbs 21: 13.

 

b. God heard the cry of Israel in Egypt and sent a Freedom Fighter

The children of  Israel cried under the bondage of  Egypt and God heard. This was a classic case of injustice, and there was no law court to give any human rights to the slaves. These texts tell me that nations need to get back to crying out when there is injustice, because God hears and responds:

And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry (shav`ah/H 7775)  came up unto God by reason of the bondage – Exodus 2:23.
And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows – Exodus 3: 7.
Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them – Exodus 3: 9.

Church, we need to  cry when we, our families or nations are in dire circumstances, because God hears these cries of sorrow.  When we read the corresponding texts for shav`ah, the Hebrew word for cry in Exodus 2: 23, we see that cries go up to heaven and enters into God’s ears.

Furthermore, the scriptures reveal that God has a direct link to the cry of the righteous – so cry. The cry of the righteous activates a response from heaven, for vengeance is mine, saith the Lord. This is illustrated in Revelation 8, as Apostle John saw God respond with hail, fire, and other vengeances  when the sweet fragrance of the saints’ prayers came before Him:

  • the cry H7775of the city went up to heaven – 1 Samuel 5: 12.
  • my cry H7775  did enter into his ears – 2 Samuel 22: 7.
  •  he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry H7775 came before him, even into his ears. – Psalm 18: 6.
  • The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. H7775 – Psalm 34: 15.
  • Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my  cry H7775   hold not thy peace at my tears – Psalm 39: 12.
  • I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry H7775  – Psalm 40: 1.
  • Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and poureth out his complaint before the LORD.]] Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry H7775– come before thee – Psalm 102: 1.

Believers must cry out to God when there is injustice and sin in order to be spared from the judgment to come:

And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof – Ezekiel 9: 4.

God becomes emotionally distressed and angry when people  cry out in the earth realm

Scriptures reveal that God experiences an emotional response to cries from the earth. This is why  the Father personally investigates injustice before administering great judgment. The cries of the earth disturb the peace of the Heavenly Father, forcing disquiet in heaven.

The intensity of God’s response to the cry of the saints and the oppressed is revealed in the intensity of His reaction. For example, God became deeply troubled at the at the human wickedness, violence, bloodshed and evil intentions in the early civilization and repented that He had made man.  The Father responded by sending a violent flood on the earth and by reducing life span from hundreds of years to a mere 120.

Father God described the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah as “very grievious/kabad/H3513)” (Genesis 18: 20). The usage in scriptures show that very grievious or kabad means that the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah was very great, sore, heavy, a heavy burden. Grievous is also used several times in relation to a heavy yoke.

Yokes in ancient times  consisted of a straight bar fastened to the foreheads of the cattle and usually resting on the neck.  Yokes had straight “bars”  projecting downward, against which the shoulders of the oxen pressed, and it was held in position by thongs or “bonds” fastened under the animals’ throats. The sin of  homosexuality and lesbianism are yokes which bind people. God intended humans to be free and never designed us to be enslaved by anything. The sighing of captives comes up to His ears and He desires to set them free.

In another example, the Psalmist begged God to  hear his cry and also asked that the Father would not hold his peace  (Psalm 39: 12).  God feels the sorrows of those who cry, just as He felt the sorrows of the Israelites as they cried in Egypt.

David the Psalmist also described Father God’s response to his cry. The nature of the response tells us that the Heavenly Father becomes deeply agitated and angry when the beloved are oppressed by their enemies. The saints must therefore cry out to God in order to activate His Divine Justice against our enemies:

In my distress I called to the Lord;
    I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
    my cry came before him, into his ears.
The earth trembled and quaked,
    and the foundations of the mountains shook;
    they trembled because he was angry.
Smoke rose from his nostrils;
    consuming fire came from his mouth,
    burning coals blazed out of it.
He parted the heavens and came down;
    dark clouds were under his feet.
10 He mounted the cherubim and flew;
    he soared on the wings of the wind.

Read more in Psalm 18

How are we to cry?

  • Loudly  – Psalm 55: 17.
  • Persistently – Psalm 55: 17.
  • Out of our sorrow, trusting that God is our ROCK – Psalm 61: 2.
  • Weep with tears –  Isaiah 30: 19.
  • Cry like a woman in labor – bawl out – Isaiah 42: 14.
  • Like the blind man, say, “Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me” – Mark 10: 47.
 I pray that God will pour out the spirit of intercession on us because we need to cry for the nations even now. Let us ask the Lord Jesus to help us in our intercessions, for He cries for us  with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Read more about intercession

 

 

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