In prayer, in tears

An excerpt from today’s first reading:

“In those days, when Hezekiah was mortally ill, the prophet Isaiah, son of Amoz, came and said to him: ’Thus says the LORD: Put your house in order, for you are about to die; you shall not recover.’ Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD:
“‘O LORD, remember how faithfully and wholeheartedly I conducted myself in your presence, doing what was pleasing to you!’ And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
“Then the word of the LORD came to Isaiah: ‘Go, tell Hezekiah: Thus says the LORD, the God of your father David: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. Now I will add fifteen years to your life.’ — Isaiah 38:1-5

How many times have we found in tears while we are in prayer — maybe because of frustration, desperation, or hopelessness — with no one or nothing else to turn to but God?

But today, God reminds us that He hears us and He sees and keeps our every tear.

“My wanderings you have noted; are my tears not stored in your flask, recorded in your book?” — Psalm 56:9

Are you in tears? God sees you. He is there to comfort you.

Come to Him in prayer. Come to Him in tears.


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