There are good biblical examples to prove my point about shouting. One example is that of a homeless guy - a blind beggar who was living on the streets and had an encounter with Jesus.
This man found out that Jesus was in town and he was aware of the miracles that He had been working. When he heard Jesus was passing by, he cried out, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” I imagine he didn’t cry out too loudly, and Jesus probably didn’t hear him because of all the people around Him.
“Son of David, have mercy on me!” the beggar shouted again. He would have been a bit louder this time, but still wasn’t attracting much attention, though he was irritating everyone near him because of the noise he was making.
You might ask, “Why was this blind beggar shouting in the first place?” I think it was because he didn’t like his life. He was sick of everything and he wanted a breakthrough. You may think, “Of course - how obvious - after all, he was a blind beggar, wasn’t he?” But let me tell you that some of the proudest people I have ever met have been beggars. One time, I talked with a whole group of people that lived on a chemical dump outside of Amsterdam. They lived in filthy conditions but they were extremely proud of it and looked down on everyone else.
Just because you are a beggar doesn’t mean you are humble.
But this story isn’t about a proud beggar, but a humble one.
This beggar began to REALLY shout!! All the people around him told him to be quiet. “You need to shut up,” they said. “Jesus is a very important man and you’re a useless beggar, so be quiet!”
But the more they told him to be silent, the louder he got. “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Jesus asked his disciples who was shouting, and they told him not to worry - it was only a useless beggar. But He stopped and told his friends, “Call him.”
The good news is that Jesus hears the cries of beggars.
So those around Jesus called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you!”
“What do you want?” Jesus asked him. The man told Jesus that he he wanted to see. So Jesus touched his eyes, and he was healed and received his sight.
Because this man cried out to Jesus with a desperate heart, he had an amazing breakthrough in his life.
And I have found this to be true - anytime I have needed a breakthrough in my life, it has always come when I have cried out to God in that way.
In the early days of our ministry, we really needed a breakthrough in Amsterdam. I felt like there was a spiritual wall we couldn’t get beyond and I was frustrated. I was explaining all this to a crazy evangelist named Arthur Blessit while we were walking through the middle of city.
He agreed that we had to see a breakthrough, so I suggested we should go back to where we were staying and pray together. Instead, he had us drop to our knees right there and then, on Amsterdam’s walking street, in front of hundreds of people.
He then started praying loudly, while people stared at us or nearly stepped on us, because we were kneeling and they didn’t see us.
People who did see us thought we were crazy guys on drugs, and I have to admit, I felt a little uncomfortable doing this in the middle of the street.
But Arthur didn’t care about things like that, so he just continued to pray loudly, asking Jesus to move through our outreach that night. We needed a breakthrough, and he was not going to be satisfied until we had one.
And God heard our prayers!!! Many proud and cynical Dutch people fell to their knees on the streets of Amsterdam that night and received Jesus.
Shouting is a very spiritual exercise and God wants to break my hard heart - but I have to stop whispering. I need to be like the blind beggar, and forget about what people might think of me, forget my pride. I need to shout, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”