can you ask God to break your heart

“Prayer is the best armor we have,
it is the key which opens the heart of God.”

St. Padre Pio

(a beautiful rose / Julie Cook / 2021)

“May God break my heart so completely that the whole world falls in.”
Mother Teresa

Yesterday I made mention that prayer is about the only thing we all truly have..
the only real lifeline that remains…

And so as I was reading that quote about prayer by Mother Teresa, I
had to ask myself…could I pray that prayer?
Could I ask that big question…would I be willing,
like Mother Teresa, to ask that God break my heart so completely
that the world may fall in?

Am I willing to let go of self, my life, my world…
so much so that I could pray that God would break me, allowing Him
to flow into my entire being?
Am I willing to let go and let God?

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,
plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11

7 comments on “can you ask God to break your heart

  1. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like that quote from Mother Teresa.

  2. says:

    You have already offered your heart to Him and He has blessed you because of it.

  3. hatrack4 says:

    We had our last Sunday school class yesterday before the summer break. We talked about how the church prayed after Peter was arrested by King Herod’s men, and how they did not believe Rhoda when Peter showed up at their door. One of N. T. Wright’s questions was “Have you ever had a situation when you did not believe what really happened after God had answered your prayers?” Or something like that. The class had few answers. But I think it happens often. We sometimes pray as if going through the motions, as if God does not answer the BIG ones, or not for a long time, but Mother Theresa is right. We need to pray the big prayers, especially for ourselves, and expect a positive answer. So hard to do at times.

  4. Citizen Tom says:


    I don’t really understand Mother Teresa’s prayer. All I know is I have prayed to God when my heart was broken, and He mercifully answered my prayer. I think that is all most of us are capable of doing.

    Sometimes we make a mess of things. Sometimes we are the victim of a storm that does what storms do. Then, pushed into desperation, we pray. If we are wise, if we understand what God has done for us, we will continue praying. If not, …. Well, God will do whatever He decides needs to be done in any event, but it is better to be one of His children, and to know salvation. When we stand at the edge of the grave of a loved one, what else is there to ask for?

    • My thinking Tom regarding her comment is that I fear that I am truly not willing to pray such a prayer as I tend to want to control my little world— am I willing to lose what I hold most dear???—am I willing to give Him the Mayor and Sheriff and let Him take them from me if that lady what it takes??????
      Oh no, I want to hold them tight— I do not want Him to break my heart or my world— but if I trusted Him Tom as I should— I should be able to say yes— break me as you must— open my closets, expose my skeletons and do what you must—
      I don’t know if I am that strong 🙁

      • oneta hayes says:

        Julie, that is the kind of test God gave Abraham when he was told to sacrifice Isaac. He performed all the right actions knowing that God would somehow bring “right” about. You would be surprised at how the Holy Spirit gives power to people who are called for such a depth of obedience. But he will not lead you into the ocean to let you drown. He if you drown, he lead you there in order to lead you home. That is seldom necessary in our America, but down the road, who knows. I just know he gives great boldness and power when it is called for. But do I want that? No, I have waded out in the river as far as I want to go – No, in order to know Him better, I can go a bit farther.

      • Wise words Oneta!!!

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