Day 10: Strength in Brokenness
How I wish I could find words to describe the experience of entering into the secret place with God through fasting and prayer.
As you continue with your fast today remember the long-term reward far outweighs the short-term physical discomfort today
My sister, who has four wonderful children, did a six-day fast—fasting one-day for each child, the fifth day for her husband and the sixth day for our mother, who was experiencing a very difficult season. She prayed for their hearts to remain tender before the Lord, and for their divine destinies to be discovered and fulfilled. She also waited to hear God’s heart for each person, and then prayed according to the Holy Spirit’s impressions upon her heart.
As her fast ended, I asked her how she was doing, and then I watched the biggest tears gently overflow from her beautiful blue eyes. In a quiet voice, she said: “This is all I can do. This is all I can do.” I said, “Then the fast is working.”
My sister’s season of fasting not only stored up vital prayers for her children, her husband and our mother—but it also brought her deeper into the presence of God where a fresh brokenness in worship filled her literally to overflowing.
Brokenness is so precious in the eyes of the Lord, because it is an attitude both of genuine repentance before God and acknowledging our need for His power and strength.
His desire is not to rush in and save the day like a cartoon hero. He wants us to wait on Him. When we do, brokenness makes room for Him to release His strength through our weakness in order to accomplish His plans.
I deeply desire for God to bring a true spirit of brokenness to our worship.
When God sent Samuel to anoint a new king to replace Saul as the leader of Israel, He guided Samuel past all the older, stronger, more experienced sons of Jesse, young men who by all appearances seemed well suited to be king. But God told Samuel not to look at the boys’ outer appearance or their physical strength. God refused them, saying, “The LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7). It wasn’t strength or stature that God required, nor was it their willingness to go with Samuel to church that day. None of those boys spent hours alone with God the way that their little brother David did; none of them sang to God in the dark hours of the night with none to listen but a few restless sheep …and heaven. Samuel was instructed to call for David and anoint him as the king God had chosen for Himself because David had a heart for God, a brokenness that God could fill.January 15, 2013 | Permalink