Daily life is littered with all sorts of sickness. Flu season hit my household this week, and according to the CDC, most of United States is in the midst of a “high activity” flu season. One does not realize the luxury of the average day until it’s besieged and de-railed by influenza. Life comes to a pause, and workloads pile up.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one in four adults had one or more chronic health conditions in 2012. Discouragement that leads to a depressive state cannot be categorized as a “it will never happen to me” notion. Mental health is an astronomical concern in this country. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five adults in the US experience mental illness in a given year.
“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” (3 John 1:2)
If our bodies and minds are ailing at such a high rate, it shouldn’t surprise us that our spiritual lives are unhealthy as well. LifeWay Research released a report in April of 2017 that states “more than half of Americans have read little or none of the Bible.” Though we don’t have full control over flu germs, depression, and terminal disease, we can choose to read Scripture daily.
Let’s pray for complete health, mind, body and soul. To seek His counsel in all things, and welcome the wisdom of the Holy Spirit into the part of our hearts that need healing. A healthy life is comprised of more than a fit physically body free of injury and illness.
A Prayer for Complete, Good Health
Praise You for this, and every day that we get to wake up this side of heaven. Each day is laced with purpose, and we ask for Your wisdom and guidance through every one. Help us to live each day well, and for Your glory, from start to finish.
Thank You for Your Word, which breathes life into our tired souls and minds. You promise to meet us there, in study and prayer. Thank You for the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross, paying with His life for our ease of access to our Heavenly Father through prayer and Scripture. Each biblical story and truth weave in and out our lives in Your perfect timing.
Father, You remind us throughout Scripture that You are faithful to Your people. Jeremiah 33:6 says, “Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.” So often, as in the Old Testament, we rebel, neglect to care for ourselves as You do, and end up tired and sick. But Father You are faithful to enwrap us in Your healing love each time we turn back to You.
Forgive us for neglecting to care for the life You have entrusted us with. The life that You have purposed specifically to do more than we can ask for or imagine. When we go our own way, we wear ourselves down, physically and mentally. Other times, we train physically but neglect our psyche. We often neglect our spiritual life.
Father, strengthen us to hold captive the joy You bless our lives with daily. Help us to walk freely in Your love. For as Paul reminds us in 1 Timothy 4:8 (VOICE), “Although training your body has certain payoffs, godliness benefits all things–holding promise for life here and now and promise for the life that is coming.” Send us more of Your Holy Spirit, to help us focus on Your Word daily. Give us hearts like Jesus.
Give us the wisdom to seek You first each day, before each decision. It’s often the little thoughts and daily decisions that lead us into a sudden spiral of bad health. Enlighten us and guide us through Your Word. Let our hearts burn for more of You each day.
Help us endure the pain of chronic conditions, some of which will not find healing in this broken and sinful world. We know that You work all things for good, but in those moments of chronic pain and suffering, it can be impossible to understand Your perfect and just hand in it all.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Bible Verses for Good Health & Healing
- “Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.” ~ Jeremiah 17:14
- “Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.” ~ James 5:14-15
- “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Isaiah 41:10
- “But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the LORD” ~ Jeremiah 30:17
- “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” ~ James 5:6
- “Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.” ~ Psalms 107:19-21
- “Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion.” ~ Psalms 103:2-4
– read more Healing Scriptures at BibleStudyTools.com
Meg Bucher (Meg) encourages others to seek Him first through her life as a stay-at-home mom, career as a freelance writer, teaching Emoti-moms Weekly Bible Study, and leading the kids worship teams at her local church. She resides in a small, Northern lake town with her husband of ten years, two daughters, and their Golden-doodle. Meg writes about everyday life within the love of Christ on her blog,
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Having children makes a mother feel so vulnerable. Of course you love your child, and while we can’t control everything, we can surely pray for everything. Here are my best prayers for moms.
I recently read something from Leslie Ludy that really impacted me. She said that during busy times of motherhood we shouldn’t let our prayer life hit the back burner. She said it’s the times we barely have time to pray that we actually need prayer the most.
In fact, it’s during these times we can’t afford to not pray!
Lately I’ve been thinking about what my kids will face as they grow up and I’m determined, among the “urgency” of daily life, to pray for specific things in their future. Not just who they’ll marry or what they’ll be when they grow up (although these are great prayers) but for other less obvious things.
Here are the things I think all moms should pray for their children.
1. Timely wisdom
The first consistent prayer I prayed with my firstborn – that God routinely answered – was for timely wisdom. I asked that God would lead me to the right person, bit of advice, tip or hunch that would help me manage life with a child. Without fail I’d hear someone offer how they did things, read a certain passage in a book, or have a light bulb moment and BHAM… opportunity to put it into practice.
I now pray God will give me timely wisdom so that I can do my best to do what’s best for each child as they grow and change. It doesn’t mean there aren’t hurdles (trouble will come… John 16:33), but that I can see God actively moving in our day to day life.
2. God would keep them on a short leash
The pastor at my former church said he routinely prayed God would keep their son on a short leash. That his sins wouldn’t remain hidden and undiscovered. “Ha ha ha, poor kid,” I thought at the time, but now I see what they were getting at. Sin thrives in darkness! Trouble that’s hidden can multiply without intervention.
Now… I don’t mean that I need to keep my children on a short leash. I just pray that God would never let them stray too far without shining a light. We must teach our children and guide them in wisdom and discernment, but I think this prayer is just another level of protection. You teach your children not to walk into traffic, but you still hold their hands at busy intersections, don’t you?
3. Avoid the wrong crowd
If only parents could choose every person who has influence over our children… Alas, we absolutely cannot. We can teach them to find friends of high character who are kind and fun, but we’re not with our children 24/7. The Bible is clear, “Do not be misled, bad company corrupts good character.” (1 Cor. 15:33). And we don’t want to raise foolish children or those who keep company of fools either.
I pray that my children will find friends who are encouraging, uplifting, and challenging. Not people who are just like them or cool or whatever else society says, but kids of good character. And I pray God will protect them from being attracted to the wrong crowds and getting sucked into groups and situations that cause their downfall.
4. Short accounts
My discipleship course leader used this phrase often…
“Keep short accounts.”
It meant to not let uneasy situations, unresolved conflicts, decisions, or problems linger until they become mountains. Don’t let misunderstandings become feuds. One grievance needn’t mean the end of a friendship. I pray that my children will learn to make the decisions weighing heavy on their shoulders. To forgive quickly when appropriate, and to be willing to confront in love in a timely manner.
It’s easier to move on from a situation when it hasn’t taken up permanent residence in your brain for decades. I don’t want my children going into adulthood with unnecessary baggage. There will be hard times that will scar the most resilient of people, so being able to let go of these weights will help them be more free as adults.
5. God would be real to them
We don’t have to “prove God exists” on our own to our children. Luckily, God is perfectly able and willing to prove He exists if we give Him opportunity in our home. Psalm 3:8 says “Salvation belongs to the Lord.” Whew. That’s a load off. Because it’s enough to feed them, clothe them, and daily dispose of their bodily fluids without also being single-handedly responsible for their salvation.
It is most definitely my job to create an environment in our home where God is welcome and where His principles are taught and followed. Where love is shown, grace is given, and where people are loved and welcome no matter what they believe or do. But I also pray that God would answer their prayers. That He’d speak to them through the Bible and dreams. That they would know deep deep down in their own hearts that He is real. And that He is for them.
We do our job as parents and then we must leave the rest to God.
Luckily, He’s up to the challenge.
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