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From the archives of Oral Roberts

There isn’t anybody who ever lived who doesn’t cry. And I’m talking about more than tears, more than sobbing. I’m talking about those moments in your life when nobody knows that your heart is bursting inside you, and you cry from the depths of your being.

When I discovered at age seventeen that I had tuberculosis, I cried until I thought my heart would break. There have also been many other times when I’ve cried.  I’ve cried because people I depended on failed me, and I’ve cried when I failed myself. I’ve cried over the deaths of loved ones. These have been times when I cried inside and nobody, no matter how much they wanted to, could help me.

God alone can answer the deep cries of your heart. David said, As the [deer] panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God (Psalm 42:1).

When a deer has raced and run until it is out of breath, wanting water, its body heaves and heaves. David was saying, “My heart pants after God like that.” And in Psalm 40:1–2 David said, I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock.

         I was once asked to pray for a woman whose husband had committed suicide. When I began to pray for her, an image became very real in my spirit. It was as if she had fallen into a deep pit emotionally, and she was crying for someone to help her get out. As I laid my hands on her and prayed, the Lord reached down into that pit of sorrow, lifted her out of that pit, and healed her broken heart.

If you’re hurting, call out to God in faith. He wants to answer the cries of your heart, and He has the power to help you.