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Prayer for Compassion

Then we can pray a prayer like David Mains prayed years ago. He was once pastor of the Circle Urban Church, an inner city church in Chicago, and one day, in the course of his ministry among such great need, he prayed, “Lord, let me see the world as you see it, and break my heart with the things that break yours.”

Do you know: he really meant that prayer, and the next day he found himself weeping so much, he had to ask God to stop.

I encourage you – trust the Lord on this one. If you find your heart a little calloused this morning about the needs of so many around us, then be honest with Him. Tell Him, “I’m sorry that I’m not sorry. Would you please soften my callous heart. Would you please break my heart with the things that break yours.”

From a sermon by C. Philip Green, Real Compassion, 10/22/2009

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