There’s a cry that touches the heart of God. You may think your tears to be a nuisance or that they are sometimes overkill, that you must control them; but there is a ministry in your weep. This solemn admonition came to me just before sunrise yesterday morning.
The prophet Jeremiah lamented over Israel—he wept with passion. He was called the weeping prophet. When the nation came to ruin because of sin and rebellion against God’s Law, the state of the nation caused Jeremiah to weep before the LORD. But Jeremiah also wept in frustration because it seemed his warnings would go unheeded.
Have you ever thought yourself to be the odd man out? Seemingly the only one who could see the impending doom in a situation? Have you ever felt that you were weeping alone? Like Peter—the boy who cried wolf—you may have felt that no one was listening to your “fairy tale?” This is the ministry of the weep.
Have you ever gone deep in prayer to the point where something broke in your heart, and like a dam overwhelmed with the pressure of water your whole body crumbled in a weep?
These are those tears bottled up before the LORD, held in memory of a repentant heart from amid mankind. These are not the tears of fleshly emotion or those of an actor’s conjuring, but these are the tears of Holy Spirit’s grief. It is like the grief of a person who has lost a loved one to death, marked by a deep and final weep.
The voice of the deceased never to be heard again, a hollow pain reverberates throughout the chamber of emptiness within one’s heart. It is a guttural cry from deep within the soul. And then, as swiftly as it comes, the spirit is satisfied by the comforting touch of Holy Spirit, the Comforter.
Priests are admonished in Scripture to stand and weep between the porch and the altar of the temple. To cry out to God for repentance, for the nation to come to their senses. But of late, some have gotten confused by their phileo love for humanity. Nevertheless, the agape love of God chastens and corrects, as well as it forgives and restores. It is not acceptable to see the commonality of ourselves and our fleshly compulsions as an excuse to ‘live and let live.’ We fear we take the moral high ground of political incorrectness that will render us unpopular when we cry out to God for our nation to repent. But God does not honor prayers remiss of holiness:
“Righteousness [moral and spiritual integrity and virtuous character] exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” Proverbs 14:34, AMP
Intercessors of “all flesh” are now being called on to weep for the world:
“And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy” (Acts 2:17-18, KJV).
God has called intercessors in the body of believers, to “cry aloud” and to “spare not.” To weep from the indignation of spirit brought about by the grieving of Holy Spirit within us, to honor the holiness of God, the Supreme, Holy One, with our tears of enlightened worship—all people.
“Cry aloud, spare not; Lift up your voice like a trumpet; Tell My people their transgression, And the house of Jacob their sins.” Isaiah 58:1, KJV
If ever you’ve thought of worship as a weapon against evil, think of your tears, prayer warrior, as a weapon against the works of darkness. The prideful lovers of darkness would not deign to shed a tear in worship, lest known for the healing of a nation.
As a baby is born, so the church was birthed through suffering. From a body of suffering—the physical body of Jesus Christ—came the body of Christ. From His surrendered weep He became the sacrifice of worship that we honor yearly, on Resurrection Sunday, as the time that the church was born.
It is now time for the church to be reborn. It is foolish pride to think that we, in modern times, are different from those in Bible times, in our rebellion against the Law of God. That in our strides made for national advancement, through the acquisition of knowledge and our understanding of the universe, that we are more intelligent than ancient man and cannot be compared to the sinners of Bible times. But the truth is that we are just as human, and our sin is just as unacceptable as the sins of the people of old.
“History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new” (Ecclesiastes 1:9, NLT).
There is “a time to weep . . .” (Ecclesiastes 3:4, KJV).
We are on the precipice of a sudden change. Some are slumbering while some are wholly deceived calling themselves Christians, but with no abhorrence to sin—hating even to hear the word “sin.” In the name of love, many Christians have winked at sin, as a “righteous” act of brotherly love, themselves dishonoring the law of God. They’ve chosen a political party over heavenly citizenry, not comprehending right from wrong.
In fact, this is the truth, there is not one of the 10 commandments that is outdated, nor one that can be disputed as unlawful nor unloving.
In truth, the rebirth of the Church that was born through Christ’s suffering must come again through “the ministry of the weep”—this time by the grieving of Holy Spirit within us. “The veil was rent” eras ago! “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in [our] time of need” (Hebrews 4:16, KJV).
When I rolled over yesterday morning, twice I heard those words (“the ministry of the weep”) before shouting, “Oh!” I perceived in my spirit that God was about to dictate my next blog post. I rolled over immediately and began typing out this solemn message in the dark, just before dawn.
Your frustration, my frustration, in these evil days is no different than Jeremiah’s frustration in his day. In fact, no more than he could, can we shake it, but by the weep of the Lord. The grieving in your spirit is a cautionary measure initiated by the Spirit of God within you to cause you to surrender to the ministry of your weep.
Think about it, why do those “less savvy” begin to pray the Lord’s Prayer in times of desperation? Because even they understand the weapon of worship. They understand that to make their plea to God, recognizing Him as the Highest Authority, is the best that can be extracted from any man’s arsenal of weaponry. Certainly then, those “more savvy”—the prayer warriors who study God’s Word—should understand the value of praying His Word back to Him, knowing that His Word does not return to Him devoid of its intent.
Sometimes faith is accompanied by tears. It is not the gallant or the valiant display of courage that touches the heart of God to move Him to compassion; but it is the broken and contrite tears of surrender, surrender to the One who can do what no other can do. It is the supplication from a broken human being entreating the Almighty God, the Holy and Righteous Ruler of all universes, that moves His heart to deliver.
In that mind of surrender, the church cannot be impervious to the sin that has brought the consequences of judgment upon us. I urgently plead, like Jeremiah, that you, the church, would fast and pray for the world, in total surrender to the ministry of the weep.
“Let the priests, who minister in the Lord’s presence,
stand and weep between the entry room to the Temple and the altar.
Let them pray, Spare your people, Lord!
Don’t let your special possession become an object of mockery.
Don’t let them become a joke for unbelieving foreigners who say,
‘Has the God of Israel left them?’” Joel 2:17, KJV
“I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” Ps 34:4, KJV
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Weep Ministry first appeared here on Falcon’s Vision LLC, by M. J. Smith, 4/30/2022.