A core element to the Christian faith is prayer, or a conversation with God. The Bible gives us guidelines on how to pray and what to pray for, and there are many examples of people’s prayers recorded there. Even Jesus spent a lot of time praying to His Heavenly Father.
So how does prayer relate to our physical wellness? First, Jesus tells us in Matthew 6 how exactly to pray by giving us the Lord’s Prayer . When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we are giving God admiration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication. Prayer is not just for asking God for good health or extra money, but it is how we experience our relationship with Jesus Christ, who advocates on our behalf to the Father. In prayer, we should give praise and admiration for all that God is and encompasses. We should confess when we have fallen short, and give thanks for all that He has provided for us. When we look at prayer as a way to communicate and be in relationship with God, even to vent our frustrations with the world, it can really change our outlook on how faith and physical wellness intersect.
James 5:15-16 says, “And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” What a powerful and encouraging verse to read!
That is why being a Faithitarian is so important.
A Faithitarian is best defined as a lifestyle approach or belief that encompasses whole food and healthy living with faith at the core. This means a strong belief in God to live in a way that glorifies Him and our bodies by feeding oneself nutritious substances in order to live a healthy lifestyle. And living a Faithitarian lifestyle is not about being perfect and doing it all yourself. It is about having faith that God is the perfect Creator and the ultimate Physician who can heal our broken and sick bodies.
The verse above also says to “pray for each other.” None of us live in a bubble or vacuum. When we pray to God for those in our community who are suffering as well, we are putting our faith in Him that He will bring healing according to His plan. Prayer is not the magic button that fixes everything we think should be fixed. But when we surrender to God in prayer, we are saying that we trust Him to take care of us and that He knows what is best for us.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
Of course this doesn’t mean that you should sit on the couch all day long and eat junk food and pray that God will heal your body and help you lose weight. I often reference a verse that says, “You must honor God with your body.’ (1 Corinthians 6:20) This is a call to action to honor the Lord by honoring our body, by putting good things into it, and keeping bad things away from it.
But how prayer comes into our wellness is that we know ultimately nothing is in our control. God wants you to come to Him in prayer and tell Him the things you desire, for your physical health or otherwise. Know that we cannot achieve anything without the help of the Lord. Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
When we are spiritually well, the less we need human approval and comparison.
Our physical needs are still a valid concern, but channeling them through prayer and faith in God reduces the burden of obsession or worry and turns those needs into honoring the Lord with our body. “They (hypocrites) will say it is wrong to eat certain foods. But God created those foods to be eaten with thanks by faithful people who know the truth. Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks. For we know it is made acceptable by the word of God and prayer.” (1 Timothy 4:3-5)
Living a life of faith, in prayer always, will lead to healing for things that might otherwise seem impossible. Prayer should always be the first step knowing the Lord is working in your life. Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Jesus Christ for you.”
Christina Grenga is the Founder of Grenga Health, a Faithitarian resource for Modern Christian Women that seek Christ centered wellness for weight management, pain, constipation and lack of energy. As a Faithitarian, she helps people understand the meaning of God -> Food -> Lifestyle. Faithitarian is a word God gave to her and He defined it as a lifestyle or belief that encompasses whole food and healthy living with faith at the core. www.grengahealth.com