A Prayer About Brokenness
Every now and again I like to reveal an example of a pastoral prayer from Grace Fellowship Church. I actually do this because there are couple of examples of pastoral prayers online and I thought these types of may serve to inspire themes, passages, or ideas since other pastors plus elders prepare in order to lead their chapels in prayer. The following is one I prayed before our church not too long ago. (For context, it was my very first time leading in a services after Nick’ ersus death, and I had just thanked the particular church for their love and care for my loved ones. )
Father, each of all of us in our own way stands before you as a person who is damaged. We are broken by sin, first and most prominently. But then we are also broken with the effects of sin, simply by living in a world noticeable and scarred simply by sin—we are broken by pain, by illness, by tests, by trauma, by losses, by heartaches. We are broken. And our brokenness we all ask you to remember your own promise that you will not really break a bruised reed and you will not really quench a smoldering wick. Let us really believe we have nothing to fear from you. We can come to you small, come to you weak, come to you broken, and you’ll receive us. You’ll help us. You’ll take care of us. That’s the kind of God you are.
And, actually Lord, you make it clear that you love to make use of what is small and weak and broken. Our brokenness does not make us worthless to your purposes but it’s the very material through which you can screen your goodness, your own power, your glory. You say, “Come to me all who else labor and are weighty laden. ” That is us! We are careful and weighed down, so please obtain us as we come to you. You tell us that the special blessing is upon those who are poor in spirit, who are meek and mournful. That’s us! We are poor, we are sorrowful, so please put out your blessings on us. You tell us you deliberately choose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise and what is weak in the world in order to shame the solid. That’s us! We are not regarded on the planet as great, since powerful, as enormous, so please, make use of us to showcase your wisdom, to show your strength.
Father, it is our longing to create glory to your name—it’s our longing to show your power within our weakness, your intelligence in our brokenness. And thus we willingly send ourselves to your reasons. You are the Inventor, we are the developed. You are the Potter, we are the clay-based. If we can best bring glory to you through weakness, then we say get our strength; whenever we can best provide glory to you through poverty, then all of us say take our riches; if we can best bring fame to you through reduction, then we say take what we have got, take what we really like, take what we cling to. We can endure any trial, surmount any suffering, face any sorrow, as long as you do not leave us, as long as you do not forsake us. And you promise you never will. In fact , you promise you will work all things for good and so we ask that in our lives you will do that. Work our own weakness for good, work our losses for good, work our brokenness for good, for we all love you and have already been called according to your own purpose.
We know that often the green pastures lay above the dark valleys. We are willing to proceed. We are willing actually to go into the Area of the Shadow associated with Death as long as our Shepherd is with all of us, as long as your rod and your staff will comfort us. To get if you are with us, even when everything else is taken away, still we will absence nothing that we need. We ask just that in our lives and in our deaths we would glorify your name.
Father, we have frequently sung that our just comfort in life plus death is that we are not our own but belong in body and soul, in life and death, to our faithful Savior Jesus Christ. And so our own God, we believe in you with our death and all that comes beyond the grave. Now, we pray that we would trust you with our lives and all that comes until the grave. We pray that you would use us to glorify your self. Use us, Lord. Use us just as we are—little, weak, and broken. Anything, whatever it costs, we pray only that you would receive the glory.