Prayer-for-the-Sick: A Long and Happy Life

Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:  Psalm 146:5
. . . With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.   Psalm 91:14-16.
People often in their imagination see all kind of difficulties which make their lives miserable, and wear themselves out over troubles that never come. And they neglect to cast those that do come upon the Lord. Most people want a long and happy life in this world, but the greater number of them are not willing to live the kind of a life that God teaches will make a long and useful life. The way that most people live today brings a short life full of sorrow and disappointment. People often in their imagination see all kind of difficulties which make their lives miserable, and wear themselves out over troubles that never come. And they neglect to cast those that do come upon the Lord.
“Cast thy burden upon the Lord and He shall sustain thee, He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22
Most Christians act about their burdens, like the man who was walking along a road bowed down under a heavy burden, and was invited to ride by a kind friend, passing in a wagon. He accepted the invitation, but still kept the load on his shoulders and when asked by his friend why he did not lay it on the floor of the wagon, his reply was, “Oh, it is a great deal to ask of you to carry me, I could not think of asking you to carry my burden too.” So many Christians act this way. They think that God will take their souls, but to ask Him to take care of their business and their families would be too much for Him. Many people worry and fret over their work till they bring sickness and death upon themselves.
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 3 John 1:2
The first thing to help to make life happy is to find out what we can do best in life, or for what kind of work God has given us a talent. Then study night and day how we can do this best, and make up our mind to be cheerful and happy in doing this work, whatever it may be through life. There are many theories as to what helps to make happiness, but none more true than this receipt given by a Christian man: Happiness lies in three things:
  1. doing what God bids,
  2. going where God sends you, and
  3. taking what God gives you.
Never think that you have so much harder times in life than someone else, but think how many have had a harder time in life than you. I have heard people say when talking in revivals that they supposed they had been having a harder time in life than any one else. Sometimes when I hear them talk that way, I ask them if they have ever had ten children killed in a storm, their servants all slain in the field, their stock all killed and destroyed and them left in sore boils, and their wives telling them to curse God and die. And they say, nothing like that. Well, I tell them, Job had all that and more, and then he said, “The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” We dishonor God when we talk so much about trials and difficulties in the way to Heaven when God says
“For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:30
Cultivate a habit of being cheerful and it will get to be a part of your life after while and you will not know any other way to live. Talk and laugh at times if you do not feel like it. It will prove good medicine for you, also for your family and friends. Laughter induces a mental exhilaration. The habit of frequent and hearty laughter will not only save you many a doctor’s bill, but will also save you years of your life. There is good philosophy as well as good health in the maxim “Laugh and grow fat.”

Laughter is a foe to pain and disease, and. a sure cure for the blues, melancholy, and worry. Laughter is contagious. Be cheerful, and you make everybody around you happy, harmonious, and healthful. Laughter and good cheer make love of life, and love of life is half of health. Use laughter as a table sauce, it sets the organs to dancing and thus stimulates the digestive processes. Laughter keeps the heart and face young, and enhances physical beauty. Laughter is nature’s device for exercising the internal organs and giving us pleasure at the same time. It sends the blood bounding through the body, increases the respiration and gives warmth and glow to the whole system. It expands the chest and forces the poisoned air from the least used lung cell.
A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.  Proverbs 15:13 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.  Proverbs 17:22
Perfect health which may be destroyed by a piece of bad news, by grief or anxiety is often restored by a good hearty laugh. A jolly physician is often better than all the drug stores with their pills. If you wish to live a long and happy life, get right with God and ask Him to guide you, and help you, to bear all the burdens of life.
“Cast thy burden upon the Lord and He shall sustain thee; He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22
If we cast our burdens on Christ, He will make them light and easy for us. . . . Then patience and faith in Christ will be what we need along the road. . . . As you go along in life, always be looking for the good in everything around you, instead of the evil. If you are right with God, you can find beautiful things everywhere, in the fields, hills, streams, and mountains. We can find just what we want in this world. If you want to think evil things and find evil people with whom to keep company, you can find them, and if you wish to think good things and be with good people who will talk about doing good and making the world better, you can find them.
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusteth in Thee.” Isaiah 26:3
The more we keep our minds in harmony with the will of God by right thinking and doing, the more rest it will give to our bodies. Evil thinking and doing gives trouble and a lashing conscience and that keeps us from rest, night and day, and is often followed with sickness and death. Right living in the sight of God gives a clear conscience, and a clear conscience gives rest to the body and mind, and rest to the body and mind makes happiness, and rest and happiness produces long life. So many Christian people in the world are not willing to trust themselves and their business with the Lord and are always in trouble trying to take care of themselves instead of leaving all with the Lord. This kind of Christians are like someone who imagined he could not live unless he kept himself alive. He was afraid his breath would stop if he did not keep it going by his own efforts, and he tried so hard to keep breathing that he nearly strangled himself in the struggle. His family in great alarm called in a physician, who seeing at once the difficulty, called out to him to stop trying to breathe. “I shall die if I do,” gasped out the poor man. “Die then,” exclaimed the doctor, “but stop!” The man overborne by the voice of authority obeyed, and the moment he stopped trying to breathe, his breath came easily and without effort. Christian friend, just turn over all into the loving hands of the Lord then the burdens of life will be easily borne. Trust Him in the dark as well as in the light, in sickness as well as in health, in poverty as in wealth. And in your living be like Martin Luther the leader of the Reformation who said “he would never get the blues unless God was dead.” Always let your mind sweetly rest on the promises of God and that will bring a long and happy life.

Derived and edited from a chapter in The Bright Side of Life by W.W. Smith

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