Hebrews 5:7 – “In the days of His flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverence.”
I’m sure I’ve read this verse before.
In fact, it was highlighted in my Bible.
But I’m also sure that the truth of this verse never sank in … until now.
Or at least I can say that it’s beginning to sink in. Let’s face it – I’m a slow learner – especially when it comes to prayer. Maybe that’s why I read this verse on Monday, heard it in a sermon on Wednesday, and then heard it again in a podcast last night. I have a feeling God is trying to show me something. Maybe you can relate.
I think we all desire to be better at praying. We really want to be prayer warriors.
But, from my own experience, there are two things we lack, that are some of our biggest hindrances to a personal and powerful prayer life.
We lack desperation.
Let’s read Hebrews 5:7 again:
“In the days of His flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears.”
If anyone could have gone on cruise control in his ministry, it would have been Jesus, right? If anybody could have said, “I got this handled” it would have been the guy that walked on water, rebuked the storm, fed the 5,000, and raised the dead. But you never see a hint of this in Jesus’ life. If Jesus’ ministry was characterized by desperate, dependent prayers, shouldn’t we be even more desperate and dependent?
When was the last time our prayer could be described as loud cries and tears?
2. We lack reverence.
Simply put, we get enamored with so many things, we forget to be enamored with God. One of the most difficult things for us to do is to “Be still and know that He is God” (Psalm 46:10). Taking time to simply be in awe of God should be a daily goal.
When our lives are characterized by desperate dependence on God and a reverent awe of God, then we will see God do what only He can do.
So, while our planners, TED talks, and latest productivity apps may be far more attractive to us, I’m convinced that “loud cries and tears” will prove in the end to be far more effective.