As I read a blog by @tinaesanil+ entitled The First Healing Prayer, I got to thinking about something.
Over the years I have watched people bring something constantly before God. It could be about a variety of things such as finances, healing and relationships. All of these things are well and good but at times I have seen something emerge which is not so good. A spirit of selfishness.
Now you might wonder why I am saying that for isn't it good to pray for these things? Yes, it is but we must also remember that the enemy strives to "bend" or contaminate that which is good and turn it into something that is not. Let me explain.
I have seen people who are so focused on a particular need they have that they ignore the needs of others. They pray and pray about their situation and want others to do so as well but since all their time and energy is focused on their own need, they don't have the time or energy to reach out to others. They become "self-centered" which is another term for selfish.
How do we combat this? We make a conscious effort to serve in some capacity whether it is through volunteering, dropping someone an encouraging note and of course, sharing Christ with others. This keeps things in proper perspective. Yes, we may still be praying and seeking God about our situation but while we are waiting, we are busy about the Father's business.
While I was going through cancer treatment, I learned something rather interesting. Cancer survivors who seek to embrace the "new normal" and be of service to others tend to live longer than those who spend all their time and energy focusing on being cured. That's rather interesting isn't it. In other words, "blooming where you are" may not just be a nice idea. It may actually be good for your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.
When faced with my health issues, I was faced with a choice. I could either spend my time racing about trying to get healed or... I could ask God to heal me, trust that I am in His hands and get busy living for Him.