While chopping vegetables and chatting on the phone, I reassured my friend, "Yes, I will pray for you."
My friend continued relaying the details while smells of lasagna and garlic bread drifted from the oven. Wiping my hands on the towel, I tossed the spinach salad. I shut my cell phone off and jotted down the surgery date on my calendar.
I prayed for her physical healing and smooth procedures.
Weeks later after her successful surgery, I read some verses in my Bible that made me ponder.
"And may the Lord cause you to increase and overflow with love for one another and for everyone, just as we also do for you. May He make your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints. Amen."
I Thessalonians 3:12-13 ESV
Paul encouraged the Christians to endure trials faithfully. Then he prayed for them to have abounding love and holy lives.
How often do I pray for physical needs and not spiritual needs?
Good health, comfort, and safety are important requests, but they reflect temporary needs. Spiritual growth, faithful perseverance, and Christlikeness benefit the eternal.
When people experience trials, I pray for their physical requests, but I neglect their spiritual needs. Trials refine us, convict of us of sin, and encourage others.
Wouldn't it be a blessing to know that someone is praying for us to have abounding love, pure testimonies, and continued faithfulness? How would our lives and perspectives change?
Lord, please help my prayers to be balanced. Help me to adore You and then pray for the physical and spiritual needs.