Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 2, NASB
The prayers of the Bible help us understand and live out the will of God. This prayer in particular has a lot to teach us about the health of our total being. John prays that Gaius’ prosperity and health will match the richness of his commitment to Christ (vs. 3-6). Gaius’ walk with Christ was evidently so outstanding that John would pray that the temporal areas of his life would match his devotion to the Lord.
A personal commitment to Jesus Christ doesn’t guarantee good health. But this prayer teaches me that we should pray for one another’s good health, prosperity and that our devotion to Christ should passionate and complete. Our faith has a positive impact on our health. Jesus is known as the great physician, it was a physician who wrote Luke and Acts in the Bible. There is a positive relation between faith and medicine when each are understood. The doctor can treat a body’s disease or brokenness, but only Christ can heal our total being (spirit, soul and body).
Now the Scriptures are not a fountain of youth but we do learn that God’s will is for us to enjoy good health and use our health to serve Him joyfully.
This week I want to look at what the Bible says about our health and faith. I hope you take time to think deeply on the scriptures I’ll post and leave me your comments.
Here are a couple more to consider with 3 John 2:
“Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.” Ephesians 4:31, NLT
“Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31, NLT
Everyone wants to feel as great as they did when they were young. I enjoyed the Evian ad that reminds us of the basic desire people have for the fountain of youth. Evian of course won’t make us skate and dance like the babies in their ad. But I am praying for your soul to prosper in Christ and that you will enjoy good health and prosperity!
Peace and Joy!