Reflections and Poetry

Brokenness to Breakthrough

“How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art.”

We sing it. How do we live it?

Today, as I was driving along the UK motorway, I was listening to a wonderful Christian radio station. One after another came songs of encouragement and devotion to God, a God who heals and delivers from pain.

But why are there so many songs about the comfort of God’s Holy Spirit and the compassion of the Father? Because we are not only living in a broken world, but we ourselves seem to be living with brokenness — the very brokenness that Jesus came to save, heal us from.

Why are so many of us not living in the fullness of joy? Could it be that we simply do not recognise Jesus has healed us, forgiven us and set us free, and so we continue to walk in the pain we’re used to, instead of the pleasure He offers us. Could it be that our Inner Man has not come to expect victory, rejoicing and freedom, and so we do not receive it?

I think yes.

When we fully grasp the enormity of the Creator and that He, as our Father, has given us life and purpose, we can live in the hope and faith and love of the gospel.

Oh, let us live in the celebration of His goodness. With the faith to move mountains, which He provides, let us live a rejoicing life, saying, “This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)

When will that time come to us? Can it come now?

When we ask for faith, and recognise we can live in the New Man (Ephesians 3, Romans 7, 2 Corinthians 4), we are equipped to walk in the knowledge that we are fully healed, forgiven and have been set free. He has healed us already!

There are depressions which are caused by chemical imbalances; for that we await God’s healing and often it will come through medicine. But just as there are physical ailments, so too are there spiritual ones. God has given us His Spirit so we can overcome. Isn’t it time to care compassionately for one another, pray and surrender and love one another, and see the healing power of God heal, deliver and save?

What we expect, that we will have. So let us expect to walk in the fullness of joy. We who have Jesus, have the message, authority and blessing of the Son of God. Let us remember that, not to deny our pain, but to rise above it, knowing the Spirit of Life is in us and has conquered sin and death.

Reflections and Poetry

Deep Prayer: How to get closer to Jesus

“And the word became flesh…” (John 1:14)

My heart is aching, LORD. My heart aches for you, Lord. Hearts Cluster

Does this expression resonate with you? Have you ever wondered, “How do I pray when I’m hurting?” Do you find relief and intimacy with God, or do you often get stuck at times of pain, depression or challenge?

How to go deeper in prayer is the subject, because it is in going deep into prayer that we get closer to Jesus.

I am residing in Spain. It is a recent shift from Canada. My husband’s work and our desire to be in full time Christian service has led us here. (To learn more about my personal journey, you can check out my blog: A Life Examined.)

After my husband and two of his colleagues were doing a Bible study on 1 John recently, we discussed it.

I said, “John (including John’s Gospel, the three letters, and Revelations) is so different from any other Biblical writing. All the writers are different from each other. But John is different in that LOVE is so clear: Jesus’ love, and John’s love for his audience as well. The gentleness and commitment is pervasive.”

Alan replied, “John just says in every way, “Just get to know Jesus. Just get to know him and everything will make sense. Just get to know Jesus.”

In prayer, just get to know Jesus and everything else –  even the pain, frustration, and hurt – will all begin to make sense.

In prayer, I feel empty, and tell Him of the ache I feel. In this instance, it leads me to confession. (Another time it may lead to request or forgiveness or the release of sorrow from another’s hurt.)

My example of a dialogue with Jesus:

“I’m sorry, Lord, for losing my temper. I’m sorry. You feel far away.” I pause.

I wait.

Then comes a feeling of release and peace, of residing in his presence.

“I’m ready, Lord, for this next chapter.”

I’ve met with him and he with me.

Ready: Deep prayer requires honesty. Deep prayer requires time, patience, and faith. It includes a sense of responsibility. The conversation could go in any direction, once you’ve laid down your burden. Be open and prepared to follow whichever way he leads you, and you will be restored.

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.” (Psalm 23:1-3)

Deep prayer starts with where you are now and takes you to where God wants you to be.

Deep prayer releases, frees, answers, comforts, and moves you forward.

Set: Settle yourself with Jesus. “The word became flesh” and that has made all the difference. He understands.

Go: Wherever you now, start here. Hide nothing, and take your time with Jesus. He’ll move you, from where you are to where you need to be… for him, for yourself, for your family, witness and calling.

It’s all about connecting with Jesus.