What is the prayer that God honors? It is the prayer of sacrifice when you pray in brokenness when you have no reason to trust in God but still choose to put your hope in Him.
I remember a time I was in a season of brokenness for six months, I was so depressed and had no strength, and I would find it difficult to wake up and pray. However, God’s grace was always sufficient. I remember walking into my prayer closet and only uttering a few words, but this was so honorable to God as it was a prayer of brokenness from my soul.
David declared in Psalms 51:17 “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.” The Lord does not despise the prayer of brokenness. Psalms 34:15-18 says that “the Lord is close to the Brokenhearted”. When we are about to hit the wall, He is there to hold us back.
He is the father of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3), He’s the only one who sticks closer than a friend.
Most often it is easy to praise God when all seems well. Challenges and trials expose our true character and the content of our hearts, for there is nothing hidden before God (Hebrews 4:13).
It is during trials that we are tested and proven if we truly love the Lord or if we love Him because of the benefits package. The prayer of brokenness is what is pleasing to Him. The psalmist declares in psalms 40:6 “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll — I have come to do your will, my God.’” (Hebrews 10::5-7)
But I am afflicted and in pain; let your salvation, O God, set me on high! I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs. When the humble see it they will be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive. Psalms 69:29-32
God takes delight when we present ourselves to Him in a state of brokenness and give thanks to Him even when we find no reason to do so. And also, when we appreciate His grace through that season.
If you are out there and you are broken, and you don’t know what to do, may God the Father of all comfort, comfort you in your afflictions, and may He grant you strength to overcome and remain faithful.
Just as the psalmist declared that the Lord is the lifter of his head, may God lift your head so that you may not work in shame. May God comfort you and heal you in the season of brokenness.