Liquid Prayers

In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death …(Hebrews 5:7a)

According to Dr. John Fairless, many rabbis taught that there were three levels of prayer:

1. Prayers – verbal or silent, thought out and controlled

2. Loud cries – shouting at God in anger or anguish

3. Tears – pure emotion and pain

I’d venture to say that most Christians believe #1, silent or verbal controlled prayers, are true “prayer.” Moreover, mature faithful ones among us may also see how #2 might be a form a prayer, too–though avoided as much as possible! But #3? Can pure, raw emotion and pain be a form of prayer? If so…then why do so many judge their tears to be a lack of faith, not proof of it?

Jesus was not ashamed of his humanity–his tears–his cries–his pain–so why are we?

Jesus our great High Priest, that we be assured that you are listening: as we pray in every form that exists, every moment, every day. Amen.

[Read full Second Lesson for Sun, March 25, 2012 here]

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