Break My Heart For What Breaks Yours
by Jenny Black, Marketing Director Set Me Free Ministries
"Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God."
I recently read that phrase on a DVD that was sent to our family by a ministry that we sponsor a child through. Every time I read it, it catches my attention, and I begin to wonder: What does break the heart of God? What does that really look like, and am I really ready to live it? Am I ready to be used in such a powerful way and have God open my eyes and heart to see into the hurts and struggles of others?
I have recently had that very experience for one family. I found myself awakened in the middle of the night praying for this family and the young man that drew me to them. I prayed for guidance, peace, direction, wisdom, and protection. I often find myself crying over a child who does not belong to me but who desperately needs prayer, encouragement, and someone to believe in him. My heart actually breaks.
Sometimes I send this family an encouraging word, but most of the time I simply pray whenever I feel a strong need. I may not ever know how God is using my prayers each time He nudges me. But I do know that God has used me to pray behind the scenes for circumstances in this family’s life. This family's pain was clearly breaking God’s heart.
Now back to my original question: Am I ready to have my heart broken with those things that break the heart of God? Yes and no. Yes, because I want nothing more than to be used by Him for His purposes and for His desires. No, because when God uses me, it can often be at inconvenient times. Other times I don’t feel like anything I could do will make a difference.
He usually calls me when I am feeling my weakest and when I am my most undesirable self, when I feel as spiritual as a wet blanket and when I am not even able to get myself through the day, let alone pray for someone else. And yet, I know this is all His way of growing me into what He has called me to be: His servant. To be His servant means that even when I don’t feel like it, I do it anyway. I do it out of obedience.
I will pray and serve because God is giving me firsthand knowledge of something that breaks His heart. There is nothing more satisfying than to know that God trusts me enough to know that when He calls me, I will be obedient. When He calls me to pray, I will do it. When He gives me an encouraging word for someone, I will give it. No matter how inconvenient the timing might be for me, I will listen, obey, and serve. Lord, let my heart be broken with the things that break Your heart.
Luke 4:18-19: "The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.”