Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.
1 John 2:15-16
Dear God, my first thought when I read this passage this morning is that there are some totally pointless things about this world that I totally love and I give some of my resources of time and money to (e.g. college football). I really don’t want to give them up. Do I have to?
Then I thought about a Facebook post I read last night. A woman who is a little younger than me apparently has colon cancer that has spread. She said that that will operate on her colon, but she and her husband are praying and seeking your guidance on what they should do as far as treatment. I haven’t had to be part of a decision like this for myself or my wife, but I’ve always talked tough about my willingness to die and not fight with my last breath. It’s easy to say, but hard to do. The reality is that I can’t really imagine being in this couple’s situation. No one can unless they’ve been there. This verse makes me think that, if I ever am in this situation, I need to ask myself some hard questions about how much of my need to physically survive at any cost is because I love the things of this world too much.
Father, I’m not not saying there is never a time for treatment. Of course not. And I pray that this woman and her husband would find their answers from you. Give her peace and joy. Bring her healing and wholeness. I do pray that there would be a treatable path forward. And then when you are part of her healing, help them to use that gift for your glory. And if your plan is for her to be with you sooner, then please take care of those left behind. Boy this sounds like such a callous prayer. I really do want her healing. Father, be God to them, be powerful, and bring glory to yourself through this.
In Jesus’s name I pray,