Prayer & Fasting Day 2 – Physical & Spiritual Health
Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. (3 John 1:2)
This scripture makes it clear that God’s desire for you is to be fully whole; spirit, soul and body. If you are born again, your spirit was made alive unto God the day that you gave your life to Jesus and made Him your savior, but your soul remained unchanged. The purpose of discipleship, and study of the Word of God, is to help your soul, which is your mind, your will and your emotions, get healthy. Healthy thoughts produce healthy emotions, but this scripture also indicates that healthy souls encourage good physical health.
In John 10:10, Jesus said, “I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].” Of course the ultimate gift of a relationship with Jesus is eternal life, but a relationship with Jesus should also produce an abundant life here on this earth. We should be experiencing abundant peace and joy in our souls; our thoughts and our emotions. The Word also indicates that God wants His people will live a long life on this earth (Psalm 91:16). When we make our relationship with God a priority and spend time filling ourselves with His Word, we will have a more satisfying life in every way.
Here is just a small taste of what the Bible has to say about our emotional and physical health:
We are encouraged over and over again in the Word to line our thoughts up with God’s thoughts and to resist thoughts that are contrary to God and His Word. The mind of the flesh is death but the mind of the Spirit brings life and peace (Rom 8:6). If we are consistent in taking our thoughts captive and setting our thoughts on the things that the Bible tells us to think on, we will have more peace and less strife on the inside.
- Philippians 4:8 I set my mind on whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, I think about these things.
- Romans 12:2 I am not conformed to this world, but I am transformed by the renewal of my mind, that I can discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
- 2 Corinthians 10:5 I destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God and take every thought captive to obey Christ.
Our thoughts have a strong effect on our emotions. When you think about your problems and all the things that could go wrong on any given day, you will start to feel fearful, worried and anxious. Jesus lives on the inside of every born again believer. The Word says that He is the Price of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). He wants His children to be full partakers of His Kingdom, which is righteousness, peace and joy (Romans 14:17).
- Proverbs 17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
- John 14:27 Jesus has given me His peace. I will not let my heart be troubled and I will not be afraid.
- Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
- Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Throughout both the Old and New Testament, God makes is clear that His desire is for His children to be healthy and whole in their bodies. Jesus went about doing good and healing all who were sick (Acts 10:38). He never refused to heal anyone. God has work for us to do on this earth to advance His Kingdom and we need to be well and strong in our bodies to do it.
- Acts 10:38 God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.
- Proverbs 4:20-22 I pay attention to what God says and I turn my ears to His words. I do not let them out of my sight, I keep them within my heart; for they are life to me and health to my whole body.
- Psalm 103:2-3 My soul blesses the Lord and forgets none of his benefits. He forgives all my iniquity and heals all my diseases.
- Isaiah 53:4-5 Jesus took my pain and bore my suffering. He was pierced for my transgressions and crushed for my sins; the punishment that brought me peace was on him, and by his wounds I am healed.
- Jeremiah 30:17 God restores my health and heals my wounds.
God does not want us to live life on this earth being dictated to by our circumstances.
There are too many believers who are only happy when they have no challenges and everything is going well for them. Paul and Silas were beaten with rods and throw into prison and they still chose to praise God in their prison cell (Acts 16). We need to make a choice to align our souls with the Holy Spirit and the Word of God and see things from God’s perspective, standing on His covenant promises so that we can walk in victory over our thoughts, emotions, and physical sickness. Then we will be walking answers to the Apostle John’s prayer for us to be in good health in our body and soul.