Prayer as an exercise

As I was working out at the gym this morning, I realized I enjoy it.  I know it may make some shake their heads, but it makes me feel good to know I am doing something good for my body.  Now that I am approaching the half century mark, I need to be more aware of how I treat my body if I wish for it keep going for at least another half century.  It also made me realize the importance of prayer.  I have told many people about the importance of prayer, and I spend time in prayer each day, but the connection I made this morning is one of the importance of taking care of my immortal soul in addition to taking care of my physical being.

I saw a shirt in the gym the other day that said, “Pain is weakness leaving the body.”  I think we need to apply the same principle to prayer in that we need to pray until we are uncomfortable.  What I mean is asking ourselves, what am I doing to deepen my relationship with the Lord?  I know many people who find it very difficult to sit in silence.  Maybe that is a way to push the limits and grow closer to the Lord?  Maybe I need to do more reading of spiritual books or articles?  Maybe I need to give up inappropriate media and listen or watch something which will feed my mind?  Maybe I need to work less and spend more time with my family?  There are so many possibilities to grow, which ones am I taking advantage of?  Good luck in the quest to grow stronger in all aspects of your life.

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