Break my heart for what breaks yours is of my favorite song lines. It’s from the song Hosanna by Hillsong.
Have you ever thought about what breaks God’s heart? What is dear to him?
The answer is simple; we are. People are most dear to God.
God loves people. When people hurt God hurts. He cares that people are suffering.
The bible is filled with examples of verses that describe how God cares for people, especially those who are hurting.
Among them are:
- “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” Ps. 147:3
- “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27
- “Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.” Pr. 19:17
Do you love people?
Does your heart break for those who are suffering?
Do you reach out to others with the love of Jesus?
If you do, your life and prayer life will reflect it.
How much time do you spend praying for others?
Do you pray not only for the needs of others, but for God to use you to meet those needs?
You can make a difference in others’ lives.
What you do matters. God can use you to speak a word of encouragement into someone’s life that can have a life-changing affect.
God can use you as you pray, to impact others in ways you may never understand.
Do you want to make a difference? If you do, plan for it. Pray for it.
One of my favorite activities is shopping. I don’t enjoy the shopping part. I love finding a good deal. I also love connecting with sales people. I know this may sound crazy but I’ve had countless opportunities to speak a word of encouragement into the lives of salespeople. Several times I’ve been able to share about the love of God with them.
For this reason, I pray before I enter a store just about every time I shop. It’s a very quick prayer. I ask God to make me aware of opportunities to pour out into others’ lives, and for grace to be willing to step out of my comfort zone. The prayer takes all of about 20 seconds.
It’s short but it is important.
It reminds me that my purpose in whatever it is I’m doing is to share Christ and live out his love.
It makes me aware of opportunities I may have been too distracted, with whatever it is I’m doing, to recognize.
It also helps me not to respond to a situation in my flesh, but to walk in the power of the spirit. I can get pretty feisty when someone cuts in front of me in line.
There are countless moments of being used by God that come on a daily basis. They come and they go. Do we even know when they’re there?
How many times do we miss an opportunity to bless someone whose heart may be breaking because we’re too caught up in our own life to even notice their pain?
God wants to use you.
His heart breaks for those hurting and yours should too.
What if we prayed for God to break our heart for what breaks his?