“I know that there are certain mental and emotional and moral and spiritual attitudes that are anti-health: anger, resentments, fear, worry, desire to dominate, self-preoccupation, guilts, sexual impurity, jealousy, a lack of creative activity, inferiorities, a lack of love. These are the twelve apostles of ill health. So in prayer I’ve learned to surrender these things to Jesus Christ as they appear.”
I once asked Dr Kagawa: “What is prayer?” And he answered: “Prayer is self-surrender.” I agree. It is primarily self-surrender, blanket surrender, day by day. It is all we know and all we don’t know. “All we don’t know” covers the unfolding future and involves problems as they arise. So in prayer if any one of these twelve things arise, and they do arise, for no one is free from the suggestion of anyone of them, I’ve learned how to deal with them: not to fight them, but to surrender them to Jesus Christ, and say, “Now Lord, you have this.”
This was written by Methodist Missionary to India, Eli Stanley Jones in his book “Song of Ascents“, p 337. Not only does he underscore the damage negative thinking, negative desires and negative actions can have on our Total Health, but he emphasizes the Power we as Christians have in Jesus Christ. 1 Cor 1:30 states that because we are in Christ Jesus, by the power of God He is made unto us “wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:” and whatever else we may need. Jesus is the Blank Check for our Life. He is made unto us whatever we need or require. All that is required is surrender to His power and control. This is what he meant by taking his yoke upon us. When we surrender our needs to Him, He will grant us rest for our souls. Learn of Him. Learn that there is a rest that is given, but this is the rest that must be found.
To receive all the benefits of our wealthy benefactor, there must be self-surrender. There must be a learning spirit, a contented cooperation with Christ and God’s divine plan for your life. A yoke requires two willing necks. Jesus Christ has already provided His. Are you willing to provide yours?
Prayer: Please Father, open my heart to see my ned to surrender to the power and yoke of Jesus Christ. May these Twelve Apostles of ill health never cause me harm. May I ever be ready to say, “Here, Lord, you have this.”