“Rise during the night and cry out. Pour out your hearts like water to the Lord. Lift up your hands to him in prayer, pleading for your children, for in every street they are faint with hunger.”
Lamentations 2:19 NLT

Can’t sleep at night, something just ain’t right, maybe God is trying to tell you something—Color Purple

There are many nights that my sleep is cut short because there are too many thoughts and concerns in my mind. That’s the time when I have a choice. Do I continue to allow my thoughts to chase me or get up and give my thoughts to God?

With so much going on in the world it’s time for us to get up and give our anxious thoughts to God. For the next forty days we are challenging our people to pray 40 minutes a day to get the breakthrough that we need.

The writer of Lamentations was grieving the condition of his people that had gone into exile. Children were in the streets dying. People were starving and considering eating their own children. These were horrific times. The writer suggested something to his people that I think we need to do.

  1. Rise up during the night and cry out! There is something powerful that happens when we rise up and cry out to our Father God. When my children were younger and they got scared they would cry out, “Daddy!” I didn’t hesitate to see what was wrong. I leaped from my bed to see what my child needed. God never sleeps or slumbers. If we are afraid all we have to do is cry out and he will come running!
  2. Pour out your hearts like water. Some of us have so many issues of the heart that we keep carrying around. We need to pour out our hearts to the Lord. Prayer is a catharsis when we give the issues of our hearts to God. Don’t stop praying until your heart is empty.
  3. Lift up your hands in prayer. When we reach up it’s because we need our Father to pick us up. There has to be a mean parent that doesn’t pick a child up when they reach up. It’s the universal sign for comfort when a toddler reaches up their hands to their parents. God is ready to connect with you when you reach up.
  4. Speak up specifically about what you need God to do. The writer says, “Lift up your hands to him in prayer, pleading for your children, for in every street they are faint with hunger.” What do you need God to do?  Ask God specifically and see if he doesn’t hear our cry.

This was a collective prayer. He was asking the whole city to pray the same thing at the same time. For the next 40 days let’s pray together 40 minutes a day so we can see change and hope sweep across our city.

Dear God, 

Thank you for hearing our cry and coming to our rescue. We are tired and we are worn. Father, we need a turnaround soon! Our children are struggling with poverty. Our young people are killing each other. Our men are violent and hurting their women out of frustration. People are sick with all kinds of diseases. We need hope and healing! We need a new direction for people to be healed from the inside out. God, heal troubled hearts, provide jobs to people who need to provide for their families. Take away anger and violence out of the hearts of our people. Give us the resources to minister to your people who are crying out for help. God we need your help! Please come by and see about us!

In Jesus’ Name!