We all know that our health can change at a moment’s notice and that every medical condition is scary, especially when that health condition requires prescription medication, therapy or surgical intervention.
Isn’t it strange that during these times we find it hard to understand the importance of turning our worries to prayer? Paul, in the book of Philippians, speaks about the need to pray and leave all things up to God.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Although we should be leaving our worries behind, we can all understand how difficult this is when we are living with pain in these human bodies. The great news is that suffering is not forever and that God’s glory is revealed time and time again!
“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18
Going through any types of pain in this lifetime, whether physical, mental or emotional, can be exhausting and bring us sorrow, but His Word has never failed to give us the truth about what the significance of all of this.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4
Dear Lord, today we pray for those who are suffering any physical, mental or emotional affliction. I pray for those taking medication, those going through any therapy and those going through any medical procedures. YOU ARE THE GREAT PHYSICIAN and we know that you are in control of our lives. We lift our health to you and wait on you to heal us. We ask that you lift the burden of suffering from our shoulders and hearts and allow us to feel your presence and fill us with your love and peace as we go through these afflictions.
Finally, we ask that you remind us what Your Word tells us about how we have already been healed through Your Son. “’He himself bore our sins’” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “’by his wounds you have been healed.’” 1 Peter 2:24
In Jesus’s name we pray, Amen!