Break My Heart!
By Marilynn Chadwick
Does prayer make a difference? Is it possible or even practical to “pray without ceasing” in such a busy, noisy world? I’ve learned that prayer is more organic than most people think. Raw honesty with God and a surrendered heart invite him into our real-life situations.
When I remind God that I’m available to pray for his world, I find I become more alert to what’s happening beyond my own walls. Perhaps I’ll read about a terrorist attack in England or the persecution of believers in China. An internet article about human suffering somewhere in the world catches my eye, so I pray briefly. I remain alert to further mention of the need and find I’m reminded to pray – quietly, simply, again and again.
If you ask God to “break your heart for the things that break his,” I feel sure you will see your prayer life take flight. That’s the subject of my book Sometimes He Whispers, Sometimes He Roars. It’s the story of how my day-to-day living took on new vibrancy as prayer opened my eyes to the human suffering along my path.
I might strike up a conversation with a young mother in the grocery store, only to find she was a victim of domestic violence. Once, while on a layover in the Phoenix airport, I sat next to a nervous young soldier named Jesse, who was headed for combat duty in the Middle East. I promised I’d pray for him. “Soldier Jesse” has a spot on my prayer list.
I’ve seen amazing answers to prayer both in my own little world and God’s larger world. My prayer journey has taken me to places within my own community I never knew existed. I even ended up in the offices of two African Presidents for whom I had prayed.
I’ll leave you with this question: Is your prayer life a “so what?” or a “SO THAT!” One reason God calls us to pray is “so that” we’ll be available to do his will.
Dare to pray this dangerous prayer: “Break my heart, God, for what breaks yours,” and watch what happens. You might even discover that you become the answer to someone else’s prayer.
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