Entry 26 Praying to Avoid Premature Death
The bible declares that the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Jesus came to give us abundant life. For it is appointed unto man once to die and after this the judgment. But we can die prematurely. God never intended for us to die; Adam gave Satan the keys to bring sin and death into the world. Jesus came and snatched the keys of death, hell and the grave from Satan, so that we may have the right to the tree of life. So whereas we may die physically now, when we are in Christ we abide with Him forever. Our souls will never die. Either they will live in heaven eternally with God in the end, or we will suffer forever in hell with Satan. We all have a set time and season to live and to die. We can die prematurely with our lifestyles, personal choices and worldviews. If we live life like it is one big party not taking care of our bodies, we can expect Satan to bring death to us before our time. If we choose to eat improperly, dishonor our parents, or engage in sexual debauchery, we are inviting death into our lives prematurely. If we think incorrectly believing God wants us to die and not live, or think we do not deserve to live an abundant life in Christ, we cancel out the promises of God and the blessings He has stored up for us. None of us get from God what we deserve; even our righteousness is as a filthy rag in His sight. But Jesus came to give us the mercy and grace to live a satisfied life in Him. With long life God will satisfy us and show us His salvation. Satan is always trying to kill us mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. He seeks to assassinate our character, and render us an ineffective witness as a believer. He comes with his screaming accusing voices, trying to convince us to give up on life, our dreams and our destiny. . But he is a liar, and the Father of lies. God wants us to have a long, satisfying life. He wants us to accomplish our goals and be healthy, wealthy and wise. So praying to avoid premature death is inviting God’s presence, blessings and promises into our lives daily, and shunning things that will cut our lives short.
Simple Sample Prayer
Dear God, we know that the only things you want to die in us is our sin nature so that we can become more and more like you. Not only do you want us to have eternal life in heaven, you desire for us to have abundant life here on earth. Help us to tap into your endless supply of life and abundance, and help us make good decisions that would improve the physical quality of our lives. Provide a way of escape from Satan’s plan of destruction; Lord, continually pray for us so that our faith doesn’t fail. We know you daily make intercession for us. Preserve our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual lives. Help us to avoid premature death by not taking unnecessary risks. Help us to break bad habits that are detrimental to our health, and allow us to create new habits that will extend and prosper our lives. We thank you for the gift of life; help us to make the most of it, living each day as if it were our last. In Jesus’s name we pray, Amen.