Let the Mourning Women Cry Out

Editor’s Note: Hello, True Woman readers! We’re grateful to have you join us for the last week of our 31-Day Cry Out! Challenge. We pray you’ve been blessed by this pause in our regular blog content this month as we’ve brought you an opportunity to Cry Out! in earnest prayer with the Revive Our Hearts family. Be assured that we’re hard at work preparing new content for the month of November. In the meantime, continue to pray along with us. —Laura Elliott, Managing Editor, Revive Our Hearts

Thus says the Lord of hosts:
“Consider, and call for the mourning 
women to come;
send for the skillful women to come;
let them make haste and raise a wailing over us,
that our eyes may run down with tears
and our eyelids flow with water.” 

—Jeremiah 9:17–18

God's call to Jeremiah certainly catches my attention: “Call for the mourning women to come.”

The prophet was in the midst of a painful circumstance. The leaders of Judah had not learned anything from the destruction in Israel, and God told him to look for women who were professional wailers, to urge them to come and cry out so that the city of Jerusalem would also be encouraged to cry for itself. They needed to cry out because their city had been shattered. 

“Hear, O women the word of the LORD, and let your ear receive the word of this mouth; teach your daughters to lament, and each to her neighbor a dirge” (Jer. 9:20, emphasis added). 

These women were not only to weep but also to teach their daughters to weep—to cry for their city. Death was all around them. Destruction. Devastation. Desolation. Verse 22 paints a very vivid picture: they could not even bury all the bodies. Sound familiar? Do you notice any similarity to what some areas have experienced in these days?

Cry Out! is a call for the mourning women. It’s an urgent invitation to come to the Lord with repentant hearts, burdened by the pain of our nations, and to cry out to God for mercy. 

God has created us with emotions to empathize with those who suffer. Today, let us gather our voices as one and let us cry out. Let us ask the One who can heal our land to bring healing and freedom to the many captives who are close to us and who need to find salvation. Let the mourning women come. 

How to Pray

Hear my prayer, O LORD;
let my cry come to you!
Do not hide your face from me
  in the day of my distress!
Incline your ear to me;
  answer me speedily in the day when I call!

But you, O LORD, are enthroned forever;
  you are remembered throughout all generations.
You will arise and have pity on Zion;
  it is the time to favor her;
  the appointed time has come.
(Ps. 102: 1–2, 12–13)

What to Pray

  • Pray for women to have courage to cry out.
  • Pray for women to teach their children to grieve over sin and to cry out to the Lord for revival.

Has the Cry Out! Challenge been a blessing to you? How has your prayer life been changed by this month’s challenge? How have you been changed? We’d love to hear from you. Leave us a message in the comments below!

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About the Author

Yamell Jaramillo

Yamell Jaramillo

Yamell loves the Word of God and is firm in her convictions and passionately lives the Christian life. She seeks prudence, sobriety, and modesty, yearning to be like the Proverbs 31 woman. By the grace of God, her heart is always ready to disciple and advise the women around her. 

She is currently the content manager and special projects for Aviva Nuestro Corazones (Spanish division of Revive Our Hearts).

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