"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!" - Jeremiah 9:1
I have a question that I would like to ask churches, pastor, and all Christians. What happened to our tears? What happened to our brokenness? What happened to our burden for the lost and the backslidden? This is something that I have been burdened and bothered about for a while now. It seems that our churches and the Christians that occupy them have lost their tears and their brokenness for the world around them. Compare that in contrast to the words of Jeremiah in the above verse. He was known as the weeping prophet. God help us today to be weeping Christians!
If you were to attend the typical midweek prayer service in most churches today you would find much of the prayer time occupied by shallow self-centered prayer requests. Please don't misunderstand me, I am not trying to be rude or ugly, but rather be completely honest about the state of our churches. If we are to honestly examine ourselves and what we pray for, it should trouble us. Most of the time we spend more time praying to keeps saints out of Heaven than we do sinners out of Hell.
What happened to Christians specifically calling the names of people who are lost, on their way to Hell, and desperately need to be saved? What happened to Christians coming forward to the altar and weeping for lost people to be saved? I'm afraid that we have become to concerned with upsetting or offending someone by saying that they are lost an headed for Hell without the blood of Christ applied to their hearts and lives. What happened to Christians weeping and shedding tears for those in the church who have fallen into sin and thus are not right with God? What happened to us calling out there names, begging God for them to repent of their sin and get their hearts right? Again, I'm afraid that we are so worried about upsetting or offending them that we keep quiet.
Is it any wonder why we are not seeing people saved like we used to or why we do not see the power of God upon our churches as we did 60 or 70 years ago? When will we wake up and realize that we must get our tears back? We must allow Christ to break our hearts for those around us that are hurting, lost, and desperately in need of salvation through Jesus Christ. Instead of showing anger, hostility, arrogance, or a condescending attitude toward those who are lost, may God completely and totally break our hearts for their souls! May we be willing to shed some tears and weep over their sin and their need for Christ!
I know that I am at the front of the line when it comes to failing to weep and shed tears over the sins of the lost and their need for Christ. I pray that God will totally, completely, and utterly break my heart for those that are lost around me! I pray that God will break the heart of our church for the lost in our community!
Will we allow God to break our hearts for the lost around us? Are we willing to shed some tears over the lost in our community? Like Jeremiah, are we willing to weep day and night for others to come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior?
Prayer For Today:
Heavenly Father, forgive me for losing my tears! Forgive me for my lack of weeping over those that are lost and on their way to Hell without Christ! Lord, please break my heart for the lost around me and give me a burden and a passion for their souls! Help me to be willing to weep day and night for those lost in my community to be saved! In Jesus name, Amen!