posted on January 31, 2014 09:30
A Prayer for Resting in Jesus’ Love for the Brokenhearted
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Ps. 34:18
Dear Lord Jesus, I am increasingly grateful for all the reasons the Father sent you into the world. I’m thankful beyond measure that you came to set us free from our imprisonment to sin and death, and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. In the gospel we hear you loudly singing these words over us: “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1). You took our guilt and gave us your righteousness. Hallelujah, many times over!
And when I look at places like Haiti and Somalia, Calcutta and Darfur, I’m grateful you came to preach good news to the poor—not just good news concerning spiritual poverty but also the good news of a kingdom which provides food for the hungry, clean water for the thirsty, shelter for the homeless, advocacy for the marginalized, family for the orphan. How we long for the Day of no more poverty and hunger, injustice and disease.
When I look at systemic evil in the world—human trafficking, the idolatry of greed, an ideology of terror, the pornography industry, to name a few—I’m thrilled you’ve also come to proclaim the Day of vengeance of our God. No one is a greater champion of justice than you, Lord Jesus. One Day, all the pillaging weeds of unrighteousness will be replaced with mighty oaks of righteousness—“a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor” (Isa. 61:3).
Today, Lord Jesus, I’m also incredibly glad you continueto come very close to brokenhearted, and that you save those who are crushed in spirit. We all have friends whose loses and burdens are mounting—those for whom grief, fear and sadness have become daily bread. Neighbors, family members—and some of us, are crying out for mercy, under the weight of heaviness and heartache.
Here is our peace: No one was broken in heart and body like you, Lord Jesus, no one has been crushed in spirit like you; and you did it all for us. In the mystery and in this moment, I praise you that you comfort all who mourn and provide for those who grieve. O for the Day when we will forever be done with a spirit of despair and will only wear the garment of praise. So very Amen we pray, in your kindhearted, ever-present name I pray.