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Desperation is a Gift

All of us should feel desperation before God. This desperation comes from seeking Him in fervent, faith-filled prayer. When we do, we should feel a desperate dependence on His help so He can help us understand the things that break His heart. That is what God wants us to feel—“Lord, I’m desperate for you to break my heart so I can help the broken-hearted.”Prayer_lone

Prayer is the way in which we come to this place and receive His gift.

Prayer is what changes us from knowing about God, to truly knowing God and His heart. In desperate prayer there is a unique, loving connection between God and us. When we open our hearts to His heart we see His character, His will and we see His passion and love. Our desperation for His heart leads to revelation and this revelation leads us to want to help and serve others who are broken-hearted, who don’t now Him and who need His touch.

I like what Anne Graham Lotz wrote, “I want to have a strong heart, but I don’t want to be hard-hearted, so I have asked the Lord to break my heart with the things that break His. And the only way I can know the things that break His heart is to ask Him in prayer, then listen as He tells me through His Word. That’s how I know those things that have made me cry out to Him have made Him cry first.”[1]

Desperate prayer opens God’s heart and His Word to us. God’s passion becomes our compassion. James, in his letter reminds us, “The effective prayer of a righteous man avails much (James 5:16).” Desperate, fervent prayer avails us to God’s heart, His Word and His way. It softens out heart to the things of God and then it energizes us to move out to help and serve those whose heart is broken.

Let’s not miss out on this opportunity to know God’s heart intimately and receive this gift from Him. Let’s hear His voice and discover His heart as we desperately seek Him. Let’s allow Him to change our ordinary days in extraordinary moments with Him.

[1] Anne Graham Lotz, The Magnificent Obsession: Embracing the God-Filled Life, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009), 146

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