You can read that here.) As a followup to those thoughts -- stimulated, in part, by reading Joni Eareckson Tada’s “Holiness in Hidden Places” -- I recorded this prayer while walking along Table Rock Lake outside Branson, Missouri. It’s a declaration (a spiritual vow, you might say) as well as a prayer which deals with the Christian’s trust in God in the midst of life’s trials.
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One day I will be delivered from any and all infirmities, injuries, sickness, and anxieties. And I will be delivered from them forever. Indeed, because I have believed in Jesus as my Savior and therefore experienced His forgiveness of my sins and my adoption into His family, my future is brighter than words can ever express. And that future includes the transforming of my body, mind, and environment. I will then know health and vitality and focus and joy in completeness. I will also experience peace of unimaginable quality and abundance. My relationships will be sweet, fulfilling, and free of goodbyes. And again, all of these gifts will be mine to enjoy throughout eternity.
Therefore, dear Lord Jesus, when You ask me now to deal with sickness or injury, with loss or anxiety, with fear or grief, please pour out Your mercies so that I not give in to my flesh but instead depend upon Your sovereign will. Help me to remember and rely upon Your character, Your power, Your wisdom, and Your deep and abiding love for me and, in so doing, to believe with confidence that You know what is best for me from Your eternal perspective.
Lord, You have promised me every good and perfect gift. You have promised to withhold no good thing from me as I strive to walk uprightly before You. So please provide all needed graces for me to rely upon Your goodness to me even in the midst of today’s trial. Jesus, You will heal me in Your perfect time. And, in that appointed moment, You will embrace me and reward me and direct me to the place in Your kingdom You have lovingly prepared especially for me. I know this and I trust in Your care for me.
Lord, in that moment of forever victory, I will be satisfied. There will be no regrets, no second-guessing, no recriminations – only understanding and appreciation of how You worked out Your plans in my life. So, dear God, I pray today that You will help me to look forward to that wondrous, liberating day and endure more patiently the trials You have allowed me to experience. Let me trust You to give the strength and understanding I need so that I do not cave in but rather endure this by Your Holy Spirit. Thank You for Your mercy.
These things I declare and pray in the Name of my loving Savior, Jesus Christ.