We recently mulched most of our trees in our yard in order to make it easier to mow around them. Not only that, but it looks nice, is good for the trees, and we’re able to put pretty plants at the bottoms of the trees in the mulch beds. It reminded me of a prayer I have been praying for someone I know recently. I have been praying for this person to grow in their walk with the Lord. So I pray for the Lord to surround them with all that they needed to grow spiritually and be healthy, just like good mulch helps trees and plants stay healthy and grow better. Just like a good gardener takes care to cultivate and provide the best of everything for their produce to grow, I pray for that for my friend. I pray for people to pour into their life and encourage them spiritually and hold them accountable. I pray for the Lord to pour into them so that they can pour into others. As I pray, I imagine my friend as a tree, surrounded by the good mulch of people and resources enabling them to produce good fruit as the Lord desires.
Just as we would not want our trees or produce surrounded by weeds or ivy that could grow up it and kill it, we do not want things that would wreck our spiritual lives to wreck our growth either. So we pray for ourselves and for others, that God would provide good mulch and good environments that enable us to grow to fully become the people He desires us to be.
“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment.”
Do you ever see someone stagnant in their spiritual growth and wonder how to pray for them? Try praying for spiritual growth to occur. Use Scriptures like Philippians 1:9 if you do not know what to pray for someone. Why not copy the prayers of people in the Bible like Paul and how he prayed for others to grow spiritually? And as you mulch or observe mulch beds, let it be a reminder of all the things necessary to help us grow spiritually. Let it be a reminder to pray for spiritual growth. Amen!
This is an excerpt from my upcoming book: