Sometimes, our lives can feel out of control spiritually. We feel like every area of our lives need prayer. What we need prayer for doesn’t fit on a prayer card. It seems like nothing is going well and everything is spinning out of control! If only we could simplify our lives and just work on one thing at a time! But maybe we can…
A child oncology doctor once explained, “when someone comes to me with all sorts of symptoms, I don’t give them something for the headache and something for their side and something else for their joints. It’s one problem. There’s one thing causing all of these other symptoms.” When he treats the root problem all the other symptoms improve. Perhaps we can do the same spiritually? I wonder if the Lord, the Great Physician, is working on one area of our life in the midst of all our circumstances.
Of course we should pray about our circumstances, but not simply for the purpose of having an easy life. Our purpose is to be conformed to the likeness of Christ (Romans 8:29). Does God seem to be working on your patience in every area of your life? Or is the Lord stretching your perseverance muscle, to be able to handle more trials (James 1:2-3)? Perhaps He is giving you much that needs prayer so you will develop a deeper or more dedicated prayer life.
Mark 2:17 NASB
“And hearing this, Jesus said to them, ‘It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’”
Jesus refers to Himself as a doctor who has come to heal the sick in Mark 2:17. Circumstantially, the Pharisees appeared to be the ones who would want to hear Jesus’ message, not tax collectors or sinners. Yet Jesus looked beyond circumstances to the heart. He knew what people needed. They needed a heart change in order for their circumstances to change.
When you speak to others and pray for them, do you just pray about circumstances? Or also for spiritual growth? Pray for spiritual wisdom to be able to see your own and others’ circumstances as how they are shaping us to become more Christ like. Pray for that transformation in the midst of every situation. Amen!
This is an excerpt from my upcoming book