Blog 75 / Our High Calling

Lord, Break Me!

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise” (Ps 51:17)

I have often thought that if I had only one prayer to pray it would simply be “Lord, break me.” Here’s why…

A friend once told me that he was praying that God would bless my life with more of His presence. I welcomed his prayer. Who wouldn’t?  Most of us desire more of God in our lives. The truth is every one of us has as much of God as we want. But many of us lack a desire strong enough to do what it takes to make room for more of Him.

Here’s the deal: for us to have more of God means there needs to be less of you and me. John the Baptist couldn’t have made it clearer. “He must increase, I must decrease.” Sounds simple enough but we cannot do this on our own. A battle is being waged for control of our lives. “For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other.” (Gal 5:17 NIV) In this battle there must be only one outcome – our unconditional surrender to God.

But the flesh does not easily surrender to God and give up its control, nor does it want to. We need the Holy Spirit to break our attachment to the world. Only He can empower us to relinquish control of our life, bring death to self, and enable us to live a Spirit-controlled life. In bringing many sons to glory, God wants Jesus to be seen in His people. He is glorified when His Son looks good in us.

This is why “Lord, break me!” is such a vital prayer.

God wants us to be broken vessels. He wills nothing less for us than the full restoration of the image of His Son in us. Thus He needs to break us of everything that obscures His image—our defensiveness, our standing on our rights, our envyings, impatience and lusts, our anger that flares up when our will is crossed; our longing to be noticed and our love of human praise. The list in endless. And it is not just the things that are obviously bad that we need to die to. Even good things may need to be pared away as they can be the enemy of God’s best for us.

Making it personal, my self-life is ugly, loathsome and rotten to the core, and God will not gloss over it. I must go the way of the Cross and allow Him to bring my self-life to the death. There is no other way. And if there is no way for the life of Christ to be seen in me other than by being broken and dying to self, then I need to sneak in another prayer, a critical one: “Lord, make me willing to pray, ‘Lord, break me!’”

Colin Stott

GRN Global Prayer Coordinator



Colin Stott
GRN Global Prayer Coordinator

read colin’s previous blogs:
we do not have because we do not ask – Blog 74
our prayers reveal our heart – Blog 73
The Church of the Living God – Blog 72
make room for the longings of god’s heart – Blog 71
It’s a wonderful life- Blog 70
when we pray for the lost – blog 69
sugar cubes and prayer – blog 68
more than meets the eye – blog 67
praising god before he answers – blog 66
Praying For God’s Glory Will Cost Us – blog 65
rejoicing over god with singing – blog 64
indispensable prayers of the church – blog 63
the glorious end God has in mind- blog 62
No Place LIke Home – blog 60
finishing well – blog 59
are we known as formidible opponents? – blog 58
Thy Kingdom Come – blog 57
A Life Lived in Pursuit of Knowing God – blog 56
The church triumphant – blog 55
we do not have because we do not ask – blog 54
exclusive property of god – blog 53
indispensable prayers of the church – blog 52
the battle is still the lord’s – blog 51
nothing is impossible with god – blog 49
It is a wonderful life – blog 48
Listening for the master’s voice – blog 47
prayer and unbelief – blog 46
Our Motivation in Praying for the Lost – blog 45
demolishing strongholds – blog 44
overcome evil with good- blog 43
dealing with strongholds – blog 42
when our prayers go unanswered – blog 41
key to unanswered prayer – blog 40
prayer and The bride – blog 39
The Battle is the Lord’s – blog 38
praying for workers – blog 37
finding time to pray – blog 36
when the church is under attack – blog 35
FEASTING and FASTING – blog 34
why ask for what we already have? – blog 32
is anyone praying for them? – blog 31
delays are part of answered prayer – blog 30
weapons of our warfare – blog 29
Keeping our spiritual fervor – blog 28
days of great harvest – blog 27
not i but christ – blog 26
what if – Blog 25
praying scripture – Blog 24
Prayer and obedience -Blog 23
the Prayer warrior – Blog 22
time alone with god – Blog 21
last resort – Blog 20
Prayer with rejoicing faith – Blog 19
travel the world through Prayer – Blog 18
lord, break me – Blog 17
ye have not because ye ask not – Blog 16
our Prayers reveal our heart – Blog 15
church of the living god – Blog 14
when we Pray for the lost – Blog 13
more than meets the eye – Blog 12
sugar cubes and  Prayer – Blog 11
it’s a wonderful life – Blog 10
the longings of god – Blog 9
praising god before he answers – Blog 8
no place like home – Blog 7
praying for god’s glory – Blog 6
are we known as formidable opponents – Blog 5
sugar cubes and Prayer – Blog 4
rejocing over god with singing – Blog 3
the indispensable Prayers of the church – Blog 2
the glorious end – Blog 1