God Hears Our Broken Prayers

Video Credits: “Broken Prayers” by Riley Clemmons

Riley Clemmons is new to the Christian music scene. You can hear her debut single “Broken Prayers” on Resound Radio.

In a YouTube video, Clemmons says she felt “especially broken and imperfect” the day she wrote this song. She had scheduled time to write in the studio and thought about canceling her session. But after talking with her co-writers, she realized the brokenness she felt was okay to bring to God.

Clemmons says, “This song came from a place of truly finding peace in the fact that God takes you at your most broken, at your lowest place. Not only does he take you there, but He delights in it and genuinely loves you in that place.”

 

I love Riley Clemmons’s honesty in the first verse.

I’ve been taught how to talk to You
Hold it together
Make the bad look better
Say all the words that I’m supposed to
Bow my head, say, “Amen”
Yeah, that’ll do
Making every dead-end look like heaven
Like being okay is the way to reach You

In our culture, people ask “How are you?” flippantly. Most people respond with “fine”, even if they’re not. Whether or not our friends or co-workers really care or not, it’s easier to hide our true feelings. It’s hard to admit we’re struggling. We may feel like we’re disappointing God or we’re not a strong enough Christian if our life is imperfect.

The past few weeks have been extremely stressful in my own life. I have three major assignments due next week, family health concerns, and a funeral with non-believing family coming up this weekend. I feel worn out and overwhelmed, yet I almost subconsciously put on a front like everything’s okay.

Maybe you’ve been having one of those days or weeks too.

That’s why this song is so comforting. It’s okay to not be perfect. It’s all right to bring our brokenness to God.

1 Peter 5:7 (NLT) says, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”

The chorus of broken tears expresses this point beautifully…

You want my tears, every messy word
Every scar and every fear
You want all I have
With no holding back
When I’m hurt, at my worst
You meet me there
‘Cause You see the beauty
In my broken prayers!

Easter Break is almost here. This is a stressful time of the semester, but how comforting is it to know that we can come to God broken and he genuinely cares about everything we’re going through?!

Victory for the Broken

Is Weakness an Obstacle or a Means of Victory?

It seems that the toughest realizations and the worst situations are what bring the greatest strength. There are times where I have felt incredibly distant. Far away. Unreachable. Interestingly enough I almost reveled in my sadness. In fact, I celebrated it, really. I embraced my anxieties. It turns out, though, that those deep set issues were not something to sulk in or encourage, but something I need to fight and release.

Once we conquer the demons that control us, we are set free from our inner bondage. When we can learn to let go of our biggest fears, conquer our insecurities, and overcome what we cannot let go of, we experience a freedom that is incomprehensibly refreshing. Of course, letting go of the dreams and desires that hold us back is no easy task. In fact, it takes an incredible amount of brokenness to show us what needs replaced. In order for me to understand what I have failed in doing, what was haunting me the most, and how to fix it, I had to face the shattered reality in which I live.

Christ doesn’t tell us that life is going to be easy. That the life we live will be a walk of constant joy and satisfaction. Christ does offer incredible comfort when we experience these lows, though. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 says,

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Wow.

What an amazing statement. The all-sufficient grace of God is greater than our weaknesses. It’s crazy to think that nothing we do is sufficient enough to properly handle anything. We are weak in the flesh, but through Grace, we find power in Christ. When we are weak, what we accomplish through the faithfulness of God magnifies Him in our life. What a reason to celebrate!! Through our darkest moments, hopelessness may not be the only thing we find, but instead, something far more astounding…hope, peace, and freedom.

Before you give up hope, before you succumb to your greatest fears, before you let someone else dictate your life, and before you decide it’s no longer worth it, do some soul searching. Maybe what you are desiring is not what you truly want. It’s possible what you fear the most, in reality, is like the monster under your bed…unbearably terrifying, but easily overcome once you begin to see the truth. So before you decide you can no longer handle it, think, pray, cry, understand, and then remember that, in the power of Christ, you need not be strong to find victory. You can beat what hurts you the most. Afterward, what you will find is a new opportunity to live the life you were designed to live. Free from fear and hopeful in your future.