“Faith is like a muscle and prayer is the exercise that helps it grow.”-Anonymous
Have you ever been so busy that time literally flies by and the day has turned to night, it seems, like in a blink of an eye? I know it feels like this for me at times. Where do you find the time to do all you want to do and all that you need to get done?
You probably don’t even have time to read all this blog because you have other important things you need to get to. Am I correct?
I understand. That’s why I need to grab your attention and help you focus you displaced sense of what is urgent. We don’t want to end up in the hospital for not doing the right things that our bodies need. We know by now that we need to be eating well and exercising, but do we? Do you make time for yourself?
Getting our body disciplined starts in the brain. Train your brain first, then your brain will in turn train your body. What we lack is focus. Focus your mind on God, He will guide you to train your brain to do good things. You, then, will train up your body into getting into shape.
Training and practice is what school kids learn. Do you remember being in elementary and middle school? It starts in P.E. class, in football, in band. You learn to practice one thing and get good at it. They use whistles, metronomes, and timers to start the practice and while they practice, then ringer goes off, whistle goes off, the metronome beats–all this is to train the brain up.
Do this very thing with prayer. Practice every day by waking up and praying to God. He is there listening to you. It can be small and simple. He’s not looking for the quantity of words, God just wants you to acknowledge Him. You can stay quiet and just smile knowing that He is there for you. The point is to exercise your faith, just like everything else you do.
If you cook, you might use a timer to know when the food is done. If you need to pick up children from school, you might set a ringer on the alarm so that way if you’re busy, it will remind you that it’s time to go for them. We all need those little reminders to help us get things done. This is true with exercising body and faith. Our commitment needs to be there also.
Some examples might be to grab your keys and drive your car, spend time at a park that you like, breath in fresh air and walk. Spend time with God, maybe set a timer to read the Word and pray for just 10 minutes of your day. Maybe, if you do this long enough for a whole month, this will help propel you to spend 20 minutes of your time next week. Little healthy habits like this are what can help you create new ways of life.
By exercising our bodies and our faith, we start building resistance. Your muscles start to get stronger and you might lose some fat. Your faith may gain strength and maybe you will start using words in prayer and gain momentum in God by knowing when the Holy Spirit speaks to you. Just practice 10 minutes a day to train yourself. Training is hard and requires motivation so look to God for that motivation. He will give you the strength to rise up out of bed and get going. He doesn’t want us to be defeated. If you find it hard to start, a shower can help you cleanse and start fresh.
Working out our physical body helps us to wake up our bones, our muscles, and cycle our blood all around, which is very good for overall health. Exercising our body is super important to our health and well-being, but do you know that most people find excuses not to work out? They often talk themselves out of going for a walk or a light jog because they have chores to do at home, or lots of yard work that they need to get to, or because there’s just not enough time in a day to go to work full-time then stop at the nearby park or gym on your way there. You might get an overwhelming feeling when you think of this. After work, when you’re tired, going to exercise is the least of your concern. You’re probably shaking your head, saying ‘No way, I just got out of work and then I have to do more work’. I really do understand.
It’s a hassle to change from work clothes and into workout stuff, then go to the trail or the gym, get sweaty, then shower up. It takes up a lot of time. Whatever excuse in the book, they’ve all been used up by all of us. But the fact is that we need to put priority in our health if not, we could end up at the hospital with health problems.
We could end up in the presence of unbelievers thinking it’s okay to become their friends. It’s not okay. Practice your faith there instead, and use that opportunity to help them see the truth that Jesus is the way to life–He is our Savior. If they don’t want to listen to you preach and share the gospel, take it elsewhere where you will be heard. Don’t let them tell you to be quiet and just stay there with them all to have some phony friends. Be you and all of you. Express who you are and help people. God has given you a voice and He will want you to exercise your beliefs wherever you are.
Now, key point, scheduling time into your routine can be as simple as making that exercise alarm on your phone. When you hear it ring, then you’ll know what that’ll mean–‘time to walk and talk to God’. Squeeze in at least 10 minutes a day for yourself to get a dose of God. A simple walk every day can help your mood and the health of your heart. Let’s all learn to prioritize this into our ‘busy bee’ or ‘busy me’ schedules.
In silence, we find value. We get so caught up with the day, that by the time you see the clock again, 5 more hours have passed by. So, write it down in your planner, put a note on the fridge, add an alarm on your phone, to remember to add 10 minutes for both exercises. It is this important. Everybody has the same time, yet, some are better at this than others because they do the hard work and they dedicate the time to get themselves in order.
The Bible says this about exercising your faith:
1 Timothy 5:8 (ESV) ‘But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.’
2 Timothy 4:7 (ESV) ‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.’
**Now, I would like for you to practice this. Set aside 10 minutes of your time to navigate through the Bible to look for these verses. Doing so will help strengthen your faith in the Lord and teach you discipline. This is exercise for your soul. Just the same way you need to exercise your body, is the same way we need to keep moving and reading what God says. This is the act of actively looking for God because The Holy Bible is His Word. Let’s start by helping you do so.
I leave you with this homework. You will find this is a continuation of my Article on my Blog entitled: “Outstretched Arms”. If you would like, please refer back to that article I wrote as it contains relevant content to the verses below. Time to put your faith into practice. Exercise your brain by reading His Word, God wants to speak to you so please pick up The Holy Bible. Train your hands to look for God by searching for these verses below; He has much to say to you. Lean into God and He will be there for you. The Lord will guide you. Take time to practice right now for ten minutes straight. Set a timer and if you search all these verses under that time, take the time to pray to God. On your mark, get set, go!
*Hell eternal torment: (Matthew 25:41), (Matthew 13:50), (Mark 9:48), (Revelation 14:11)
*Jesus Christ is the Gift from God: (John 3:16)
*Salvation: (Romans 3:24), (1 Peter 3:18), (Romans 10:13)
*God loves you and wishes for you to be saved: (Romans 5:8)
*Receive Jesus: (John 1:12), (Revelation 3:20)
*Assurance of Salvation: (1 John 5:13)
*No Judgement and long life: (John 5:24)
*Heaven Eternal life: (2 Corinthians 5:1), (John 14:2), (Hebrews 9:24), (Matthew 5:12), (Revelation 7:16-17), (Ephesians 5:5)
Lord, I believe that to be stronger I need to be set in my faith. For this to happen, I know that I need to do my part, Father God. I need to dedicate time and devote my attention to You. I need to exercise my physical body and I also know that I need to exercise my faith. Help me Lord with all that I need to do to get healthy. This world can run its course and daylight can turn into night time, but I will try my hardest not to let distractions rule over me. I ask You God for Your guidance, bring me to a place where I can exercise my faith and I will declare Your Righteous Name forever. Let me not forget that You have been good to me, and as I sleep tonight, may I rise up with brand-new energy and vigor for life that I’ve never experienced before. Let me wake up happy to go outside and smell the flowers and walk alongside You. In Your name I pray, Jesus. Amen.
God bless you!
Your friend in faith,
Leticia J. Santa Cruz
Diligent Hearts, ‘Exercise’: 2 Ways to Exercise Your Faith Muscle, Published October 12, 2016, Accessed on October 21, 2021 from http://www.diligenthearts.com/exercise-2-ways-exercise-faith-muscle/
Open Bible, Scripture Verses, Accessed from https://www.openbible.info/topics/exercise_faith
Smith, Colin, ‘Unlocking the Bible’: Faith is Like a Muscle and Needs to be Exercised, Published June 3, 2015, Accessed October 21, 2021 from https://unlockingthebible.org/2015/06/faith-is-like-a-muscle-and-needs-to-be-exercised/