I bow my knees to the Father . . . that He would grant you . . . to be strengthened with might through His Spirit. â€”Ephesians 3:14,16
A friend sent me an e-mail that concluded with a list of prayer requests. She said, â€œSpiritually, I am confused, so pray for understanding. Physically, I am tired, so pray for rest. Emotionally, I am very weak, so pray for strength. Mentally, I am worried, so pray for peace.â€
When I saw her later, I told her, â€œIâ€™ve been SPEM praying for you.â€ She looked confused, so I told her I was praying for her spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental well-being.
Scripture illustrates Godâ€™s care in each of these areas.
Spiritual: Jesus prayed for His disciples: â€œSanctify them by Your truthâ€ (John 17:17). Truth leads to spiritual understanding, eliminating confusion.
Physical: Peter had a physical needâ€”release from jail. His friends prayedâ€”and he got out (Acts 12:1-11). In Godâ€™s care we find security and rest (Ps. 16:9).
Emotional: Often the psalmists asked God for relief from distress (4:1; 18:6; 107:6-7). He brings hope.
Mental: Insight and wisdom are promised for those who cry out to God (Prov. 2:3-6; James 1:5-7). Through prayer and reading His Word, the peace of God can be found.
Are you struggling? Ask God for spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental assistance. â€”Dave BranonWhat a Friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer! â€”Scriven
Turn your cares into prayers.