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Try Tears

Matt Richards

John 11:35 Jesus wept.

'Jesus wept is the shortest verse and biggest in the bible'.

- E M Bounds

This just jumped out at me today. If we can only have compassion God will move.

'Try Tears' is the shortest piece of advice from William Booth but has the biggest affect. Here's the story quoted from Leonard Ravenhil.

'Jesus was a man of compassion and He wept. If Jesus wept so should we.

In my twenties, during a period of pastoring, I loved to go past the Salvation Army building, which was the largest one outside of London. There’s a huge block of stone at the front. Chiseled in one stone it says, “William Booth of the Salvation Army opened this corps,” and then it gives the date of 1910. In a second stone it says, “Kate and Mary Jackson, officers in this corp.”

It was in this poor city, where they spin and weave cotton into cloth and the whole town was on the poverty level, that Kate and Mary Jackson labored for a couple of years and nothing happened. Those girls worked diligently and went to bed exhausted at night.

So they wrote William Booth: “Would you kindly move us to another station? We’re so tired and disheartened. We’ve tried everything that we’ve been taught to do. Please move us to another location.”

Booth sent a telegram back with two words: “Try tears.”

They did and they saw real revival come. Those girls went to travailing prayer, not just prayer, but travailing prayer, prayer with anguish in it.

The road to revival is often paved with tears and brokenness.'

Leonard Ravenhill

This is a key to Revival.


Your family, your friends, your city..

Oh that we would pray; but oh that we would try tears in our prayers.


Father forgive me for being cold in my prayer life. Bend me, break me that I might have compassion for the lost in Jesus' Name, Amen.

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