Jesus wept over Jerusalem before he entered the temple to flip tables and drive out the money changers (Luke 19:41-46). This is the heart of intercession. It’s in the weeping that we gain God’s perspective and heart.
The world has distorted marriage, sexuality, family, you name it…But without weeping, we have nothing to say. As we are moved to tears, Holy Spirit begins to show us our own complicity in the state of things. Like 1 Peter 4:17 says, “judgment begins…with God’s household.”
If we are not willing to weep, we risk becoming Pharisees who point out everything that’s wrong in the world from a calloused and “superior” heart.
In order to weep, we must, by necessity, step into that person or people group’s shoes. That is exactly what Jesus did for us when he took on human form and lived among us and died for us. He demonstrated the purest form of intercession! Furthermore, he ascended to heaven in a glorified human body (Acts 1:9), and the Bible says he LIVES to make intercession for us (Heb. 7:25).
So, the next time you find yourself angry at a person or in an uproar at a particular injustice, pause to hear the heart of God. You may find yourself weeping. In my experience, the result of such brokenness is always alignment to pray the right prayer.
There is a place for righteous anger, but “human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires” (James 1:20). If we allow God to turn our anger into tears before we try to “right wrongs,” it will produce an outward expression that is righteous, just like Jesus when he started flipping tables in the temple.
God, raise up weeping prophets like Jeremiah! Awaken humble intercessors like Daniel – people who would identify with the sins of their people and repent on their behalf. Rouse intercessors that are willing to WEEP before they flip the tables of injustice.