There are people who are really suffering right now. You could name a whole list of reasons why but the pain is still the same. They are laying awake at night wondering how they are going to feed their family or if a loved one is going to recover from sickness. It is leaving them destitute and with the feeling there is nowhere to turn. Jeremiah tells us to pour out your heart to the Lord.
Arise, cry aloud in the night, at the beginning of the night watches; Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord; Lift up your hands to Him for the life of your little ones who are faint because of hunger at the head of every street.””
Cry Out to the Lord
Jeremiah is writing about the state of Israel as it is under siege from Babylon. The oppression is great because Jerusalem is surrounded and they are running out of food. The whole city is suffering from malnutrition and you can hear the cries at night from the hearts breaking over the sorrow. The people were destitute and Jeremiah is telling them to cry out to the Lord for the needs of their families.
There are times where the needs are so great that they consume every bit of us. We cry at night and the effects on our loved ones are too much to bear. Jeremiah gives us some solid advice on what to do when our heart is so troubled. He tell us to cry out to the Lord and pour out our heart like water. This isn’t your standard prayer. This is one of those emotional and raw ones where nothing is left inside. We humble ourselves, not concerned with what others might think, and get personal with God.
Pour Out Your Heart
When we lay our heart bare before the Lord it has en effect on Him but it changes us more. It shows us that we aren’t in control and that our circumstances are beyond our power. Putting our trust in the Lord by going to Him in prayer realigns our heart. It also brings a refreshing perspective that we worry too much about the wrong things. When we cry out to the Lord, He responds by us “I got this” and it brings a refreshing sense of peace.