This morning I received an e-mail with 3 prayer requests. Someone had fallen and a long recovery is expected. Another person had a 70% heart blockage and surgery was needed to alleviate the blockage. The third person had 2 brain tumors which would have to be removed immediately and this person would then need months of ongoing treatment.
I prayed, but then I began thinking. These are serious physical issues and God is our Healer; yet how much more vital is our spiritual condition? Spiritually speaking, all these conditions could be applied to any of us. I have a heart blockage that keeps the life of Christ from flowing out of my life into the lives of others. My own selfishness flows through my veins and arteries instead of the love of Jesus. I fall and need help recovering. Worst of all I have tumors infesting my brain in the form of lies of the enemy that have taken hold. For example, I question God’s goodness or think God doesn’t answer prayer.
It is easy to request prayer for ourselves or someone else experiencing a physical condition or difficult circumstance, but our pride prevents us from disclosing or asking for prayer for when our spirits experience affliction. I hesitate to mention that my spiritual health is in jeopardy when someone else voices a prayer request for a life-threatening issue.
Jesus is concerned with every little detail and He heals our broken spirits. I find it interesting that the words for healing, wholeness and salvation are all related. When Jesus asks, “What do you want me to do for you?” are we willing to expose our needs to Him and others so he can respond, “Your faith has made you well.”
3 thoughts on “Prayer Requests”
I am blessed with a group of women in my life who are willing to dig deeper and share spiritual burdens but I also know the struggle that you mention. I am sometimes hesitant to genuinely pray for my own self improvement so I’m really not sure how a friend would feel. If I ask for patience, am I ready to be thrown into a season of chaos? Does my friend actually want others to pray for her spiritual weakness or just sharing out of obligation? An affirmative answer to physical prayers lessens trials but growing spiritually usually brings trials.
Lynn… Whoa… this is so relevant, Pierces right to my heart. Challenges my soul. Thank you for your faithful listening to the Lord.
Thank you, Ellie, for your continuing encouragement. I loved visiting you a couple weeks ago.