Jesus declared that He was anointed “to bring good news to the poor...to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners and will be freed” (Isa. 61:1 NLT, Luke 4:18). Hurt hearts must be very common for Jesus to list them as His number one priority when He came to the earth. He wants to “bind” our hearts and set us free. The Hebrew word means to securely wrap around something, like the weeds that wrapped around Jonah’s head (Jon. 2:6) or the wrapping of a wound (as in Hos. 6:1).
Jesus’ mission was to give us back our hearts that had too frequently been wounded and broken into pieces by past experiences. Too often, in our hearts there is hurt or bitterness from our childhoods or teenage years. Even when we say we have forgiven the person who hurt us the injury remains creating a bitterness or hate deep inside.
Hurt hearts lead to a spirit of heaviness (Isa. 61:3) and unless you bring your hurts to Jesus for healing, you will suffer depression, sadness, tension, doubt, worry and fear. Jesus wants to set you free and open the prison doors to those who are bound, but He can only do that if you first ask Him to.
Why don’t you pray with me today for Father God to heal your broken heart and bandage your wounds (Psa. 147:3), to give you back your joy:
“Lord, please heal my broken heart and fill me with happiness again. Take away all the pain of those experiences that caused me to lose my joy. I have forgiven the people who hurt me. Now, Father, I need You to heal my broken heart.
Fill me with peace and joy and uphold me with Your Spirit. Be ever near me as I move towards healing and recovery that is only possible through Your power alone.
Thank You, Father, and I praise You for hearing and answering my prayer. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”