Today I want to look at examples of how the Lord hears and responses to the cry from our hearts. The Lord is the maker of all things, and the heart cry is a desperate call for attention.

Cry for Justice of Innocent Blood

Genesis 4:10 “He said, ‘What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground.’ “

The first cry we see in the word of God comes from the blood of Abel after Cain killed him. One of the responsibilities of the Lord is the execute righteous judgment.

Psalm 97:2 “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.”

We see in the next few verses the Lord pronounces His judgment on Cain. Even today, whenever there is the shedding of innocent blood the Lord is pronouncing judgment on the individual. That person can experience the forgiveness of sin, if he repents and turns to Jesus, since we know the blood of Jesus can cleanse us from all sin.

Revelation 6:9,10 “When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth.”

Another cry for justice of innocent blood is the book of Revelation, where believers are crying out to the Lord for justice. The spiritual descendants of Cain are still doing the killing against the people of God. John the apostle makes this correlation in 1 John 3, where he makes the correlation that Cain was of the wicked one, since he was fulfilling the desires of the sinful nature. While spiritual descendants of Abel are those fulfilling the desires of the Lord in living for righteousness.

Think about all the cry of blood of people who have been killed, especially the blood of babies through abortion. We do not see immediate judgment, but the cup of His wrath is filling up, which will be poured out on the unrepentant murders.

Cry for Justice against Oppressors

James 5:4 “Indeed the wages of the laborers who moved your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.”

James here is addressing the rich who kept back money from workers in the fields. The cry for justice has reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth, which also means the Lord of hosts. We will be brought in situations were people will take advantage of us. It might not be losing money, but could be people at work slandering falsehood against us.

Cry for Justice against Sin

Genesis 18:20,21 “The Lord said, ‘Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave, I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to Me, and if not, I will know.’”

There was a cry against the city of Sodom and Gomorrah, because the sin that they were committing was very grave in the sight of God. All sin is grievous in the sight of God, but the Lord does label certain sins as an abomination, which denotes a greater sin. In 2 Peter 2:10, they were given over to the lust of uncleanness and despising authority. In Jude 7, they were given over to sexual immorality and going after “strange flesh”, which means homosexuality. In Ezekiel 16:49, 50, they had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness, where they did not help the poor and needy. The main point is that this city was given over to sin and the cup of the wrath of God was filled up to the brim. Also, only Lot and his two daughters were the only people that escaped the destruction of the city. You may ask where did the outcry come from? One explanation was that it came from Lot. 2 Peter 2:7 shows that he was oppressed tormented by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds. I heard a similar story of a preacher known as Keith Daniel who was from South Africa and wanted his family to visit New York City. However, when he came to a Times Square, he saw all the stores selling sexual immorality material and felt that he couldn’t expose his children to this sin. He began to weep and cry out to God about this matter, and 3 months later found out that these shops were being closed by a newly appointed mayor (Rudy Giuliani).  May we also have a heart cry to stop the ungodliness in our lives first then have a burden for the church and the world.

Cry for Deliverance from Bondage

Exodus 2:23,24 “The children of Israel groaned because of their bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham with Isaac, and with Jacob.”

The children of Israel were under physical bondage to the Egyptians. The Lord responded to their cry by raising up a deliverer, Moses, to go to the Egyptians.

Judges 3:15 “But when the children of Israel cried out to the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliver for them: Ehud the son of Gera, the Benjamite, a left-handed man.”

This happened frequently in the Book of Judges, where the children of Israel would rebel against the Lord, and the Lord would in turn give them over to bondage to their enemies. The same can happen in our lives, where if we fulfill the desires of the flesh which will lead to spiritual bondage. The word of God refers to this type of bondage as strongholds. A stronghold is thinking pattern that is contrary to the word of God. There also can be strongholds in our hearts. If we have a stronghold in our life, our only way to deliverance is by the Holy Spirit setting us free. Trying to get free in our own strength is impossible. May we cry out to Jesus for deliverance from strongholds in our lives.

Cry for Our Prayers to be Answered

Psalm 34:15.17 “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry. The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their trouble.”

Do we have a heart cry for more of Jesus? Do we have a heart cry for lost souls to come into the kingdom? Some good questions to ask yourselves. These can not be worked up in our own strength, but only as we seek the Lord can be obtain the heart of God. This Scripture verse in Psalms promises us two things: 1. That the Lord is open to our cry, 2. That he will deliver us from all our trouble.

In Luke 18, we see the parable of the persistent widow, where her perseverance was the factor that caused her request to get answered. Jesus tells us in Luke 18:1 not to lose heart when we pray. It is the same as saying do not lose your heart cry.

Luke 18:7 “Shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?”

Our prayers must come from a heart cry. If not, they are only prayers that come out of our intellect. They will only last a couple of days.