Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I. Send me!" He said, "Go…"
Brokenness and restoration make you usable to God!
Look at the chain of events in Isaiah 6. First, Isaiah had a devastating personal encounter with God ("I saw the Lord" - v. 1). This changed his whole view of life and of himself; he became a broken man before God ("woe is me, for I am ruined!"- v. 5). His brokenness and confession led to total forgiveness and restoration from God ("your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven"- v. 7). That new heart-condition then made him sensitive to God's heart and God's leading in his life ("then I heard the voice of the Lord"- v. 8).
What started the whole process that ended in such a powerful ministry, bringing great glory to God? It was Isaiah's personal encounter with God. Don't try to bring yourself to a place of brokenness. You can't do it. It must begin with you truly coming to grips with who God is and encountering Him personally.
For some, this deep personal encounter with God happens at their conversion. For others, it comes later in their Christian lives. God may meet with you in this special way several times in your life. The result will always be brokenness -- and a new anointing!