Shattered Hearts

Mark 11:22-25 (the message)

“Jesus was matter-of-fact:  Embrace this God-life.  Really embrace it and nothing will be too much for you.  This mountain, for instance:  Just say, ‘Go jump in the lake’–no shuffling or shilly-shallying–and it’s as good as done.  That’s why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large.  Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you’ll get God’s everything.  And when you assume the posture of prayer, remember that it’s not all asking.  If you have anything against someone, forgive–only then will your heavenly Father be inclined to also wipe your slate clean of sins.”

What is the “posture of prayer?”  Is it on your knees with head bowed to the floor? Perhaps sitting at the kitchen table with your hands clasped and fingers intertwined?  Is it at the altar at the front of a church?  Maybe it’s sitting in a boat in the middle of a lake  taking in creation (or a deerstand in the middle of the woods if you are a member of my family)?  Truly I believe the posture of prayer is the position of your heart, not your hands or head.  When I read the verses above so many thoughts come to mind.  First, I think of the “mountain” and how when you embrace God nothing is too much for you.  Whatever mountain we face:  relationships, marriages, finances, health, failure, pride, loneliness, rejection…when we embrace God-life we are no longer facing those mountains in our own strength but in His and nothing is too much for God.  How can we know that we have truly embraced God and trust this promise of moving mountains?  One way is being honest about the “posture” or position of our hearts.  Do we have hard hearts with walls erected to protect us from the hurts of life?  Do we have hearts full of the unforgiveness mentioned in the last part of this verse…unable or unwilling to let go of an offense?  Do we have fearful hearts that tremble at the opinion of others, letting the words of mere man shape our identity and tell us who we are and are not?  Do we have prideful hearts…unwilling to be wrong and basing our worth on achievement?  Do we have hearts that are overly sensitive and insecure, measuring every word and act as a barometer of our value?  I would venture to say my heart has held all of these postures.  I have been a church-going girl, needing to see mountains move and crumble, and frustrated because it wasn’t happening.  It is so tempting to write this verse off and say, well that must work for perfect people or preachers or missionaries in Africa.  I stumbled across this verse a few years ago when I was CONSUMED with jealousy..check it out…Psalm 51:16-17 “Going through the motions doesn’t please you, a flawless performance is nothing to you.  I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered.  Heart-shattered lives ready for love don’t for a moment escape God’s notice.”  I propose that the most life-changing, mountain-moving posture your heart can take is a shattered one.  Brokeness sounds scary and painful but in my experience I was already quite broken!  Letting our hearts shatter for God is freeing because then the Master Physician puts the pieces back together and as that happens those mountains start to move.  He cares about all of it…the mountains and the mole hills!  The verses above encourage us to pray about everything, small to large.  God wants to show us His love and power and change the circumstances we think can never change.  He wants to restore our hope and stir passion and hunger in our hearts for freedom to live a wide-open life.  It’s God’s everything.

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