Radical Prayer #11: All Your Tears Turned Into Joy

Radical-Prayer-11-All-Your-Tears-Turned-Into-JoyDid you know that God’s Word contains a radical prayer for all your tears to be turned into joy?

True story.

I don’t know about you, but I know I’ve cried enough tears to fill buckets. Maybe rivers–and possibly lakes! 🙂 But through it all, God has been good to me. He has been so faithful.

Even in my darkest hour, when I haven’t been able to see the light of day, He has never forsaken me … and only He has brought me through.

Nevertheless, I don’t like the fact that I had to go through things that hurt so badly. Some of the things I’ve been through have been due to my own bad choices, but many of those things were the result of living with sinful people in a sinful world.

And you know what? God is into justice. He’s into mercy.

He’s into restoration, grace, forgiveness, provision, and REPAYMENT with interest of everything the enemy has stolen from you–including your joy.

Psalm 126:1-6 says this:

“When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”

The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad.

Bring back our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the South.

Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”

I have loved this passage for many years.

So many times, when God has done amazing things for me that have been His way of “bringing back my captivity,” or releasing me from bondage in something or loosing me into something I’ve wanted, I’ve prayed this Psalm and thanked the Lord with tears in my eyes.

But I just recently noticed that this Psalm also contains a radical prayer that we can all pray NOW–even before we have seen the Lord bring back our captivity (release us from captivity) in whatever area.

Here’s why we can a radical prayer out of this Psalm:

When the authors wrote this Psalm, they were IN CAPTIVITY. The first part of the Psalm contains their remembrance of what God had done for them before. But you can see from the prayer in the middle–“Bring back our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the South”–that they were right in the middle of captivity at that moment!

So they basically put the Lord in remembrance of what He had done before. They blessed Him by honoring the memory of what He had done for them in the past.

Then they said, “Lord, do it again! Help us!”

Since all Scripture is inspired by God, we know that the last part of the passage contains God’s promise that He would, in fact, rescue them. The Holy Spirit breathed out the words of this amazing promise:

“Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

So how does this apply to you? Easy: Have you sown in tears?

I’ll bet that you have. That sowing could look like a lot of different things:

  • Have tears dripped down your cheeks as you have wept before the Lord? Sometimes the tears themselves can be an offering. Psalm 56:8 tells us that God records all our tears in His book.
  • Have you ever decided to obey God and be faithful to Him, even though you were hurting? In those situations, your obedience–even through pain–is an offering; a seed sown unto God.
  • Have you been faithful to give tithes and offerings even when you didn’t feel like you could afford it? If so, the money you sowed is a seed–even a seed sown in tears.
  • Have you sown your labor and faithfulness into God’s Kingdom in any way, even when it hurt or you didn’t feel like it? Your blood and sweat are seeds.

 Precious, beloved reader, please know this: Papa God has seen all the seeds you have sown in tears.

He has seen your tears themselves. He has numbered them in His book. He has accepted your seed as the holiest, most precious seed sown into His garden … and He has a harvest for you.

Isaiah 61:2-3 tells us that the Holy Spirit’s will is “to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness …” And when He said “all who mourn,” HE MEANS YOU.

The Holy Spirit wants to comfort you; give you beauty for ashes; give you praise instead of heaviness; and replace all your tears with joy.

Would you like for Him to turn all your tears into joy? If so, pray this radical prayer with me:

“Dear Heavenly Father,

I come before You in Jesus’ name. Father God, thank You for standing by me so many times. Thank You that You have never left me and You’ve never forsaken me. Thank You for being so faithful to me; that You have comforted me in my afflictions and have seen me through, even when I couldn’t take care of myself.

Father God, I believe Your Word that says You desire to give me beauty for the ashes of my life. I believe Your Word that all those who sow in tears–including me–shall doubtless come again rejoicing, bringing the sheaves of harvest with them.

Father, I receive Your promise right now. I lift it back up to You, for I need You to do for me what You have promised. So Papa God, in the name of Jesus:

Please take my tears away and fill me with Your joy.

Fill me with Your Holy Spirit, for I know that He brings joy with Him. Let the fruit of the Spirit–love, joy, peace, holy fierceness, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control–be powerfully and clearly demonstrated in my life.

Lord, help me to rest in You, and let the Holy Spirit do the work as I set my mind and keep it set on things above, where Christ is, with You–and where I also am, with You, in Christ.

Abba Father, I ask that You would turn my mourning into joy.

Help me to remember all the things You’ve done for me in the past. Help me to give thanks for them to You; to memorialize all the things You’ve done for me in my prayers to You and even in my daily thoughts. And Father, as I thank You and praise You for what you’ve done in the past, I join with Your Psalmists and I say:

Abba Father–Daddy God–Papa!: bring back my captivity.

Redeem me, O Lord, from the pit. Take all my tears, seeds, and offerings of obedience that I have sown, and grow them as seeds in Your supernatural harvest field.

I plead the blood of Jesus over everything I have sown. If I have sown any evil or disobedience, Father God, please forgive me. I repent of it. Cover me with the blood of Jesus.

But for every holy seed I have sown, Lord, then I pray: As I have sown in tears, let me come again rejoicing, bringing my sheaves of harvest with me.

Father God, bring me an abundant harvest.

Turn my captivity into freedom. Turn my pain into joy. Turn my tears into rejoicing and abundant provision. Bring me an unreasonable harvest even from previously-dead fields. Water my seed and provide for all my needs.

Father God, I need Your comfort. So let the Holy Spirit comfort me today. Encourage me and lift me up. Show Yourself to me as my Glory and the Lifter of my head. And I know that as I focus on You, You will make all things new in my life.

Papa, thank You. I give You all the glory and all the praise. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.

Thank You for all the times You’ve set me free from captivity–so much so that I felt like I was dreaming. Thank You that You’re going to do it again. You’ve always been faithful to me, and I know You always will be. Help me to see and notice the answers to my prayers, and I thank You in advance for setting me free. 

In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Did you pray that prayer with me? If so, please leave a comment below. I’d love to hear how the Holy Spirit ministered to you through His Word!

Related: Read these posts to build your faith and help you pray for the radical blessings God promises in His Word!

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64 Comments

  1. All I can say to you sis Jamie God Almighty continue to empower enrich joy peace wisdom knowledge understanding blessing anointing in your life and family. That is all I can say to you sis. This is what I been feeling this week. I know God has answer our prayers in Jesus Mighty name.

    1. Amen and thank you so much, Comfort. Thank you also for reading and have a wonderful day! <3

    2. Arnetha rambus says:

      Beautiful such a great prayer. It’s helps me so much.. Thank you Jesus. God bless you

    3. GLORIA SNYDER says:

      With a thankful ❤ and grateful soul I come before you in my darkest moment with faith of a mustard seed believing that my prayers were heard and answered . Knowing that all is well in my soul once I placed my trust in you Father God. Oh what a privilege to come to you in prayer and believe. Grateful for your holiness, thankful that you loved me and comfort me in my darkest hours when it seemed no one cared and I had to search within to find you. How my soul rejoices. You turned my darkness into light. Gave me hope when I thought all hope was gone. Words can not express what my soul would say if it could speak for all just believe and taste and see the goodness of your salvation

      1. Rogena Baldwin says:

        Thank you for your help and support please keep me in your prayers and I love the message you sent me to keep my faith in you Jesus and keep me in your financial blessings for me and my life and my family in your name AMEN!!!!

  2. Work In Progress says:

    These prayers have really changed my life at the time I needed GOD to come through for me he was right there. I’ve shared your prayers with my friends and family. I know this is GOD working through you with these posts. The unjust reversal prayer is so powerful and often I find myself saying it for myself, family and friends. I pray that you continue to let GOD use you because you’re doing a great job. Thanks.

    1. Amen. Thank you so much for reading, for sharing my posts, and for your encouragement. 🙂 It’s the power of God’s Word–He always watches over His Word to perform it! He hears and answers it every time! He’s better than Campbell’s soup… mmm, mmm, good. 🙂 Go, JESUS! 🙂 🙂

      1. ReThTheThe says:

        Thank you Jamie and God continue to bless and honour your life. I am blessed by your prayers. Thank you.

  3. Eva Conner says:

    Amen and amen! I claim this word and plead the blood of Jesus over us all. Thank you, Jamie, for being so faithful and true and for sharing with us. This is an awesome prayer I’m going to print and say every day!

      1. Eva Conner says:

        Jamie, I just saw your comment. Several months ago when I was praying, God gave me two words “press in” and I know it is not something I would have thought because it’s not a phrase I would use. It was clearly from God and I’ve been meditating on it and what it means. You showed me it means to press into the Scriptures. You used it in your reply. Thank you for the confirmation!! I love how God works through each of us. We’re all puzzle pieces for Him to piece together!!

  4. Thank you so very much for allowing the anointing in you to comfort us as we shed our tears. This week the floodgate of tears has been flowing. Been thinking about my deceased parents and how God gave us siblings wonderful earthly parents. This prayer is spot on. God always send the blessings and you are a blessing to each of us. Thank you so very much.

    1. I’m sorry for the loss of your parents, Mae. May Papa God comfort you exceedingly right now.

  5. Gina Trahan says:

    Awesome prayer!
    What a feeling of lightness I have inside of me since praying this prayer this morning. I feel like something good is going on in the spiritual realm; but I also feel like something big is about to happen. …….something in my life is about to be turned around in my favor and all the people involved in my life will see this change and know that it is God.
    Thank you my dear sister.

    I want you to know that I am praying for you. I believe that God is going to do something HUGE in you; that you’re about to have the desire of your heart and there will be unfathomable joy in your family life. Father God sees every tear that fell from your eyes and He will bless you Radically. (This is not witchcraft. ..I don’t even know how to do witchcraft )This is the holy spirit speaking to me not only about my own personal matters but about yours.
    Blessings to you Jamie,

    Gina

    1. I also believe something big is definitely going to happen, sister. I hope it happens soon, too! And thank you for the blessing. 🙂 I so appreciate your encouragement.

  6. Nicola Walters says:

    Jamie, you are God-sent from Heaven. The hand of the Lord is upon you. It is like you visited the crevices of my heart, mind, soul and my current situation. You put into words a prayer that I only could groan. Powerful prayers. Thank you

    1. Nicola, thank you so much for reading. It’s the Holy Spirit! Somehow He accesses all those crevices and deep places and He not only ministers to us, but prays for us as we groan before Father. Never underestimate the power of those groans! Romans 8:26-27. 🙂

      1. Ann marieDavis says:

        / ! Thanks . you for these prayers i know by faith they will work for my good God bless you all

  7. Amen to all sister of Christ! I pray also that a holy hedge of thorns be placed around our families, health ,increase and promotion so the enemy will not come close and totally depart! Allelluia! Jamie you are amazing! I am forever thankful to the Lord for you.

    1. Amen to that hedge of protection also! Thanking Jesus for His Word and our family in Christ! Thank you for reading and for your encouragement. I’m grateful for you too. 🙂

  8. Rebecca L Jones says:

    I think if angels do any glass blowing, they’ve made me a shelf full of bottles. I recently read an article by Holly Gerth about tears being shaped like seeds, she notice while feeding the birds. I never thought of that, either. My mother hates for me to cry over things or her problems but I told her Jesus wept.

    1. Rebecca, that’s lovely.

  9. Beautifully written and so helpful to healing!

    1. Thank you so much for reading, Theresa! I pray that Papa God would bring you a beautiful harvest of joy and abundance for every tear you have ever sown. In Jesus’ name!!!

  10. Thank you so much because I needed this prayer desperately this morning. I will save this prayer and meditate on it.

  11. This site has been life changing for me as it has radically changed my prayer life. It’s obvious the grace of God is upon your life Jamie and that you share a deep relationship with God,thanks for sharing with the world and helping us build our relationship with God too. God bless you. Thank you Jesus.

  12. Althea Wilson says:

    Thank you so much for these prayers they are well needed you are a blessing and access to those that standing need who are hurting who need prayers those that don’t know how to pray and what to pray for it surely is a blessing to me and my family thank you so much and God bless you and your family

  13. Katalin B. says:

    Thank you, I am here for I searched for emergency justice and first read ” prayer for reversal of unjustice.” I know the power of Gods words. I KNOW there is a god, however, I was in denial about having faith in God. These prayers are exquisitely written and it encompasses every power of every angle of Gods’ word. I am finally feeling some relief as I KNOW these prayers activated what has always been in the bible to be retrieved. Truly inspirational through every dimension between Abba and I. God bless this ministry. Thank you for your BOLDNESS.

  14. I recently found this site as I was looking for a prayer to pray over a particular situation in my marriage.
    The prayers are so on point.
    It’s as if I spoke to you personally and you decided to pray for me.
    Thank you so much.
    Blessings always.

  15. I think the heavenly father for all the mercy he has on my soul. This prayer is exactly what I needed from my Lord and savior. And I thank him for my blessings in advance Amen

  16. Amen ??????I give you all the glory Lord and I thank You for Your wonderfulness for turning it all around for me and my family ??????Especially this situation that’s seemed impossible ????????Maybe with man but not with You my God????????❤️❤️❤️❤️Thank you Jamie for sharing this great promise of the Lord??❤️God bless you for all you do sis??❤️

  17. Please include me in your prayers.I weep so much that i start to talk to my self, All i ask from God almight is his grace in my life and my family. The word of God is truth, only if u believe in his word and have faith.
    God Neva fails.

  18. I have been in an abusive mental and physical friendship and I met a really great guy finally and because of the man I was friends with that used me abused me I did somethings to hurt this great guy and it was not my intentions to do that and now I’m out of that bad negative abusive friendship and now may also be losing this man I am falling in love with.. I pray that God sees me through this and won’t let this man walk out of my life..

    1. He will bring you into His highest and best for you, Teresa, if you will cling to Him and ask Him to do it! His perfect will may not be exactly what you had or have in mind, but Father ALWAYS knows best! You can trust Him! He is GOOD, and He will never hurt you!
      Love and (((hugs!)))
      Jamie

  19. Thank you for this prayer as my life has been in such disarray and feeling so very lost. My tears have been enough to fill a lake. I will keep this prayer, and pray often, as I already do not in just this time of need,but always. I need prayer now more than ever as my life is unravelling.

  20. Recently call my local Police Department because of a car blocking my driveway and WOW..what a horrible experience with the responding Police Officer!!!!! Shame on the Violators as well as the Police Officer for his horrible conduct and or his falsified report! Hoping this prayer will bring much needed truth to the matter.

  21. Crystal magarine grant says:

    Thank father God and thank you for this prayer

  22. Hi Jamie. I have been praying this prayer every now and then for several weeks now. It is truly helpful, comforting and inspiring. May the Good Lord continue to bless you, anoint you and empower you, and impart His gifts on you as you continue to help, comfort, inspire and bless us all. Thank you Jamie, and Thank you God for leading me to your website.

  23. Amen 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻♥️

  24. Melissa McMaster says:

    This prayer really blessed me so much so that I immediately felt God’s presence, and I know he has heard and answered my prayer, and I’m thanking him for it. Thank you for your obedience to the call on your life because you are truly blessing others.

  25. A'keem Clinton says:

    I do believe that God is answering my prayers! My name is A’ Keem Clinton and I have a story to tell. It isn’t finished yet, but I will tell to you, as I do believe I’M in the middle of it………….

  26. Udoagwa Ifeoma Mrs says:

    This prayer is wholesome. I felt awed at the totality of the words used. Thanks Jamie. I believe am always blessed anew every time I pray it. May the Lord bless you en

  27. PAAPA ABEKAH says:

    Thank you Jamie, what a wonderful prayer. Holy Spirit leapt these words off of your prayer ” Bring me an unreasonable harvest even from **previously-dead fields**” All I could say for a few seconds was “fire, fire, fire”. Amazing, thank you and may God continue to bless you, you’re a blessing to all of us who read and follow!

  28. Thanks a lot. You’ve helped me understand this Psalm better. May you be blessed.

  29. Princess Knowles says:

    OMG, these Prayers are like Love Letters to Daddy Yahweh. Every time I pray them in all earnestness and humility I am wash away in tears. I am so humbled to have come across this site. Thank you so much Woman Of God (WOG) for being obedient to the call and for sharing them with me

  30. Erin Broussard says:

    I hope you really will pray for me because I feel so hopeless and alone and I needed this in my email today. I prayed it but I still feel like my faith is disappearing

  31. linda harrison says:

    Yes I prayed, 🙌🙏❤

  32. Thank you so much Jamie for this prayer, I am hopeful that my joy is here. I pray to God to empower you more and more in Jesus name. Amen.

  33. Thank you for the prayers

  34. Jamie,
    I was JUST pouring my heart out to God (in tears) when I stopped to pick up my phone and check my emails. I even tearfully said aloud, “Why am I doing this?”
    The preview for your email instantly grabbed me so I read through your article and then prayed your prayer. Praise God! I feel incredibly better and feel like I can look at my circumstance more objectively.
    Thank you, mighty woman of God. 🙂
    Plus…I’ve been parked in your 3rd session of Kingdom Authority 101 Live Workshop. The teaching is unlike anything I’ve heard. I’m writing down much of it.
    I’m so very grateful for you and look forward to becoming more familiar with your ministry and teachings.
    Blessings,
    Allie

  35. RutheAnn Richardson says:

    Lord God,
    Please Father reach out and touch Erin in a very real way!! Lord God please that you would surround her with all your Love and Peace!! Lord she is not alone please let her feel your presence that she would never feel alone again. Thank you Lord God for your promises, Love and protection! Please keep Erin wrapped in your Loving Arms!!
    In Jesus name,
    Amen

  36. My heart is now at peace and so shall it be. Thank you abba Father. God bless you Jamie, may you continue to abound in Grace.

  37. Lethia Narcisse says:

    All is well and ALL WILL be well in Christ Jesus.
    Powerful prayers of encouragement a present help in my time of need. May God continue to bless you to be a blessing to others .

  38. thank you for the wonderful prayer,life saving

  39. Thankyou this is wonderful, such a blessing to know that all we have lost can be restored please keep up the great work you are doing for the people of God

    you are blessed and highly favoured

  40. IRMA NORTJE says:

    AMEN, thank you beloveds for abundant blessings in our lives.

  41. Bless you dear, I was so blessed by your words of encouragement and prayer, my life is full of struggles and pain and tears and it’s like I’m in need every second for encouragement and affirmation from Abba Father at this stage, tonight He answered through you, God bless you abundantly

  42. Iva Leacock says:

    God bless you Jamie.
    Very impacting.

  43. IRMA NORTJE says:

    AMEN REJOICE IN THE LORD THANK YOU

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