Break Our Hearts!
In my prayer time tonight, I was asking God to break my heart for what breaks His. I want to see the world as He sees it and feel what He feels. I began to weep for the captives. Those that are being abused and held by man against their will and those that are controlled by their addictions and sin. Those that are trapped by their guilt, memories and pain and those that are lost and headed for eternal damnation.
Then even as I prayed, I began to realize that I don’t shed enough tears for the things that touch His heart. By nature, our concerns are most often for our own needs, desires, and what affects our families and friends. God’s calling us out of our 4 walls of both concern and influence. You must consciously begin to change your focus and ask Him to give you His heart for the lost and broken. Then you can begin to stand in the gap and passionately intercede for the change He desires to see in the world and the lives of individuals. Most of us were brought to Christ because someone took the time to petition heaven on our behalf.
I don’t think we truly realize just how much power there is in prayer, nor do we understand just how necessary it is.
Ezekiel 22:30 (NKJV) So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.
This scripture is heart wrenching. Israel was much like our world today. God’s heart was to turn and rescue those that were about to be destroyed for their wickedness, yet He found no one who would take the time or care enough to pray for the people. Hmmm…look at the current condition of our country…do you worry and complain or intercede on its behalf? What about the war in the Ukraine, the condition of most modern churches, and the injustices against believers around the world? Do you pray for your spiritual brothers and sisters who are in danger or whose lives are being threatened for their faith?
So, the question is... what fills your prayer time? I’m not talking about your intimate time seeking God here. That’s absolutely necessary and in addition to your petitions of faith to the Lord. Are your prayers filled with me, me, me, or are you asking God to move your heart for what moves His, then praying His will into existence? Let’s be very purposeful in our prayer life and become beacons of His power, mercy, and love. It’s so important and it has the power to bring about the incredible change that needs to be manifested in the earth!
BREAK OUR HEARTS FOR WHAT BREAKS YOURS LORD!!!
Philippians 4:6 (NIV) Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
James 5:16-18 (TPT) Confess and acknowledge how you have offended one another and then pray for one another to be instantly healed, for tremendous power is released through the passionate, heartfelt prayer of a godly believer! Elijah was a man with human frailties, just like all of us, but he prayed and received supernatural answers. He actually shut the heavens over the land so there would be no rain for three and a half years! Then he prayed again and the skies opened up over the land so that the rain came again and produced the harvest.
Nehemiah 1:3-4 (NLT) They said to me, “Things are not going well for those who returned to the province of Judah. They are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem has been torn down, and the gates have been destroyed by fire.” When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven.
Joel 2:17-19 (MSG) Between Sanctuary entrance and altar, let the priests, God’s servants, weep tears of repentance. Let them intercede: “Have mercy, God, on your people! Don’t abandon your heritage to contempt. Don’t let the pagans take over and rule them and sneer, ‘And so where is this God of theirs?’” At that, God went into action to get his land back. He took pity on his people. God answered and spoke to his people, “Look, listen—I’m sending a gift: Grain and wine and olive oil. The fast is over—eat your fill! I won’t expose you any longer to contempt among the pagans.