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Prayer, Plain and Simple

May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he’ll do it! 1 Thes. 5:23,24 – The Message

The book of Genesis tells us that we are created in the image of God. Just as God is Triune – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – we are triune beings as well. We are a spirit, we have a soul, and we live in a body. Paul blessed his Thessalonian friends, and we  can partake of this blessing as well. He asks God to bless them, that they would be holy and whole in all three aspects of their being:  spirit, soul, and body.

And we have a part to play in maintaining our health in all three aspects of our beings. We can expect God to keep us healthy as we care for our bodies appropriately, making wise choices with our food intake and exercise. We can expect God to keep our minds and emotions whole as we feed our minds and emotions with healthy soul-food, nourishing our intellects with pure, satisfying books, conversation, art, and film. Thirdly, God will keep our spirits whole as we keep our spirits healthy and full of His fruit by feeding on the Word of God, listening, reading, and getting it into our spirits through music or any other means available.

What a joy it is to learn to walk in health in all three aspects of our being, and what a lovely promise that God has given us that He will make it happen!

My Father,

You desire health, holiness and wholeness in my total self. I ask you to help me coorperate with You, Triune God, to please You in every choice I make, and to maintain the beauty and purity that You have given me because of Jesus and His sacrifice. I receive Your blessing today in my spirit, soul, and body.

Amen

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