“Our prayers reveal much about us. Prayers with little or no worship and focusing in on our own needs (usually health) reveal a distorted, Adamic bent. What they reveal is self-centeredness, what Martin Luther labels homo in se incurvatus: “man curved in on himself.

Listen to prayers at the church prayer meeting (if one still exists). You will discover that the majority of prayers are “organ recitals”–prayers for someone’s liver, kidney or heart.

Not that we shouldn’t pray for medical issues, but a preoccupation with health itself is a reflection of how little we understand why it is we desire good health. We desire it so that the person we are praying for lives for Jesus Christ”

Dr. Derek W.H. ThomasPrayer in TabletalkApril 2012, 14.