Health is wellness of the body, the mind, and the soul; their alignment with one another is the art of living well.
Wisdom is understanding of the self, others, and the nature of things; it is essential to living as if everything is a miracle.
Faith and Prayer
"Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts."
What is prayer?
Prayer is a spiritual means to talk with God. In Christianity, there are many different forms of prayer, such as vocal prayer, praise and worship prayer, and meditative prayer. It is a common practice for a short prayer before eating a meal, or going to bed at the end of the day.
Theoretically, prayer is a way to communicate with God, seeking His wisdom for guidance in the daily living. Through prayer, Christians are able to gain a deeper understanding of God and the plans that He has for their lives.
The reality is that many people pray simply because they have something to ask from God.
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." (Matthew 7:7)
The purpose of their prayer is "asking" and "getting"; more specifically, the focal point is on the self -- getting what they want for themselves . What they have forgotten is that God is in absolute control, and that everything happens only according to His plan and purpose.
Then, why do we pray?
We pray because we have to thank God for His blessings (remember, being alive is a blessing); we have to be grateful to Him for what we already have; we have to show our faith and our trust in Him; we have to praise Him for His mercy and righteousness; and, most importantly, we have to seek His wisdom to guide us along our life journey. Prayer is not about asking for material things for ourselves; it is about our faith in God. One need not ask for good health, because with spiritual wisdom, one will take care of one's health.
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Copyrightę by Stephen Lau
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