On 9-13-10, I wrote an article entitled “The Movie ‘The Book of Eli’ and How It Can Help You Become Healthier.” In this article, I stressed that optimum health consists of more than just physical health. You must maintain the proper balance of three areas.
** Physical health (Body)
** Mental Health (Mind)
** Spiritual Health (Soul)
Today, I want to return to the subject of spiritual health. In the past, I have written two articles about prayer. On 7-19-10, I posted an article entitled “The Power of Prayer in Healing.” On 7-30-10, I presented an article entitled “The Power of Intercessory Prayer in Healing.”
When I was reviewing the last article, three readers had offered positive comments after reading it. An anonymous reader had written “Prayer is more than just ‘talking to God.’ It is the belief that God will actually answer.” This is very true. How had I missed stressing this?
I was contemplating writing another article about maximum spiritual health and the role that prayer plays in achieving this. It was no coincidence that when I attended church on Sunday, the sermon was about prayer.
Reverend Richard Gaines entitled the sermon “The Power of Prayer” and used the scripture passage of Acts 12: 1-17. These verses indicate that King Herod ordered that Peter, one of Jesus’ twelve disciples, be placed in prison. Four squads of soldiers, which would be sixteen men, were assigned to guard Peter to assure that he did not escape.
Verse 5 reads “Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.” (NKJV – New King James Version.) Notice the words “constant prayer.”
Verse 7 indicates that Peter was rescued from prison by an angel of the Lord.
Verses 11 through 16 indicate that Peter went to the house where people had gathered to pray specifically for him. In verse 16, the word “astonished” was used to depict the group’s reaction to the fact that Peter was no longer in prison but was, instead, standing in front of them. Even though the group had engaged in the act of praying, they failed to BELIEVE that their prayers would be heard and honored.
Reverend Gaines puts it simply – “Prayer must be the most important part of life. If you’re going to pray, believe God. Just trust and believe God.”
When you schedule the acctivities of your day, you MUST include time for prayer. In our fast paced world, we have a tendency to become over-committed by trying to do entirely too many things. Thus prayer and time with God can be neglected. Prayer brings peace, and peace results in better spiritual health.
I use a devotional book called “Our Daily Bread.” This small book is ideal for personal and family devotions and has been in existence since 1956.
In the September – October – November 2010 issue, there was a passage entitled “Unlimited Access.” The author made an impactful point. In today’s society, there are many places that not everyone is allowed to enter. For example, there are signs that designate “For Authorized Personnel Only,” “No Trespassing,” “Lane Closed – Take Detour,” “Shoes and Shirt Required to Enter.”
Have you ever rushed to a business establilshment only to find that it closed fifteen minutes before you got there? Have you ever tried to make a medical appointment and been told that nothing is available for two to three weeks?
With God, this is not the case. We have UNLIMITED ACCESS 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. He doesn’t ‘close at 10:00 p.m.’ or ‘take off on holidays.’ He is ALWAYS available.
Improve your spiritual health by improving your prayer life. Make time each day to read your Bible and pray. If you are going through trials and tribulations in life, ask other Christian to intercede to God on your behalf by praying for you.
Also, get involved in a church that believes in the power of prayer and actually practices this belief by praying as a congregation. Many churches have prayer lists, and you can request that your name or someone else’s name be placed on this list.
Listed below are local churches that you can visit and perhaps choose as your church home. Phone numbers are included to that you can obtain information about service times.
** Consolidated Baptist Church at 1625 Russell Cave Road in Lexington – phone 859-299-8559
** Calvary Baptist Church at 150 East High Street in Lexington – phone 859-254-3491
** Clays Mill Baptist Church at 3000 Clays Mill Road in Lexington – phone 859-277-6811
** Southland Christian Church at 5001 Harrodsburg Road in Nicholasville – phone 859-296-9202
Open your heart to God through prayer and become a believer at what he can and will do !!
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