In my sermon this past Sunday, I mentioned that our real battles as Christians aren’t physical, but spiritual. Ephesians 6:12 says: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
Although this is true, most of our prayers as a church are for physical things—better health, a new job, conflict to end, etc. Instead of only pointing out this issue, I thought it would be helpful to give some examples about how to pray for the spiritual need that might come up when someone is having a physical need. Here are a few examples:
- “Father, let this suffering pass from ________. But ultimately we want your will to be done, not ours” (Luke 22:42).
- “Lord, we ask that as ________ goes through this trial, that you would give them the spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that they would know you better through this trial” (Ephesians 1:17).
- “Help my sister ________ know the hope you have called her to as she goes to the doctor today” (Ephesians 1:18).
- “Heavenly Father, strengthen _______ with power through your Spirit in their inner being during their chemo treatment. Help them understand how wide, long, high, and deep is the love of Christ for them” (Ephesians 3:16-18).
- “As my friend ________ tries to deal with the pain he’s experiencing today, please comfort him with the truth that Jesus is his true peace” (Ephesians 2:14).
- “Lord, use the trial that ________ is going through to grow his dependence on you.”
Just as a reminder, it is perfectly fine to ask God to heal someone physically. But while we do that, we must always keep in mind that God’s ultimate purpose for us on this earth is to make us like Jesus. To do that, He gives and He takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord!