Why Do I Always Cry During Prayer?

The reason why a person cries during prayer varies from person to person. The reason might be from sadness over wrongdoing (sin), a deep sense of joy, or grief. The other reason a person might cry during prayer is the overwhelming presence of God.

No matter the reason you cry during prayer, be comforted in knowing that your tears are counted and seen by an awesome and loving God.

Before we talk more about prayer, I want to encourage you if you’re not saved by grace, to learn what it means when you accept salvation. Knowing Jesus Christ as your personal Savior is the most important decision of your life, so it’s worth mentioning before we get started on crying during prayer.

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Humility | The Power Of Tears In Prayer

When a person comes to God in brokenness and humble in spirit, God responds in a way that no human being can do. For God gives grace, something that a human cannot truly give for they have no control over it.

Surely He scorns the scornful,
But gives grace to the humble.

Proverbs 3:34

This means that there is something that we can do in order to attract more of God’s grace into our lives as Christians.

We must humble ourselves.

When we cry during prayer it cannot come with a fist in the air making demands of God. Instead, we come humbly with our faces to the dust like the Psalm in Psalm 119 who says, ‘his soul clings to the dust.’ (Psalm 119:25).

How Crying Heals The Heart

There is a medical explanation of how crying heals, it states that crying releases chemicals in the brain that help us feel better and promote a sense of well-being within us.

That’s great, but I’d like to take that a step further and say we were designed to cry, and God designed the body to help us heal through the act of healing. Yes, it releases chemicals in the brain, but it does much more than just that.

When we cry during prayer with a humbled heart, we are surrendering strongholds kept locked up in our hearts and in our minds.

You know the strongholds you have kept away from God, as we lose them, and they are revealed to us by God to be areas not in our control, God brings healing.

We know through the tears we shed in prayer and in this life, God is working on our behalf day in and day out.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28

How To Develop A Closer Relationship With God

Crying during prayer can be a sign of our closeness with God. Whether or not that closeness is there is between the person and God for this is a matter of the heart.

When we are trusting in God and we focus on God, our relationship deepens.

What I do want to take a look at is some passages in the Bible of what a close relationship with God looks like and how tears play a role.

You number my wanderings;
Put my tears into Your bottle;
Are they not in Your book?
When I cry out to You,
Then my enemies will turn back;
This I know, because God is for me.
10 In God (I will praise His word),
In the Lord (I will praise His word),
11 In God I have put my trust;
I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?

Psalm 56: 8-11

This Psalm was written by David after he had been captured by the Philistines in Gath. He was in a dark place, most likely feeling a bit hopeless if he were to shift his focus away from God.

Look at his heart as he knows the reality of those tears trailing down his cheeks. Verse eight, ‘Put my tears into your bottle…’

This man of God knows that God sees his tears.

This man of God knows that God is watching