The Power of Persistent Prayer…and a Bicep Workout

G’morning, Folks.

Today my bro-in-law picked us up at the crack of 6:00am and we headed to the gym.  Good morning, biceps!

FITNESS
After a good warm-up:

  • Preacher Curls  (I used a 30 lb bar. 35 would have been ideal, but no dice).
  • 15 Box Jumps
  • Concentration Curls (15 lbs)
  • Skaters, 15 each side
  • Bicep Curls (15 lbs)
  • 50 Jumping Jacks

For the first circuit, I picked weights that allowed me to do 12-15 reps.  You should be struggling to do the last couple.  If not… up those weights, bro!

During the second circuit I was doing 8-12 reps.

bicep curl

By the third circuit I was smoked. 6-8 reps max, followed by 20 minutes on the elliptical.

Feel that burn!

FAITH

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My daily reading plan has me in Luke 11.  Jesus had just finished telling a hypothetical story about your having unexpected guests and running out of bread… so you keep knocking on your neighbor’s door until they answer and lend you some; (equivalent to today’s “cup of sugar,” it would seem).  Then he says:

“So I tell you, keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for.  Keep on looking, and you will find.  Keep on knocking and the door will be opened.  For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds.  And the door is opened to everyone who knocks.” -Luke 11:5-10

“Keep on asking…”  Interesting.  Honestly, I have grown a little timid in my prayer-life when it comes to asking for things.  I think a part of me is afraid that God will choose not to give it.

Jesus goes on to explain how much better and knowledgeable God is than us when it comes to giving to His children.  I don’t have kids yet, but I’d certainly think that I wouldn’t give them everything they’ll ask of me.  Not only would that make them incredibly spoiled, but it’s just not good for them to receive everything they ask for, especially right away.

From this human-parent perspective, I could see how my child could be upset with not getting what they asked for.  And I would be hurt if they one day decided to stop asking me for things out of fear that they won’t get it.  I want to give them good things; they’ll just need to trust me with the things I choose to give and the things that I don’t.

Huh.

Good example, Jesus.  You have a way of explaining things with stories, don’t you?

QUESTION OF THE DAY
Is there anything that you’ve asked God for, not received, then found out later what a BLESSING it was to have had God say “no?”  Please, share.

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4 responses to “The Power of Persistent Prayer…and a Bicep Workout

  1. I love that verse, it always reminds me of a camp song we sang when I was in high school… There are always things I ask for but don’t get or if I do get them, it’s the complete opposite of what I asked for. The end result always ends up a blessing that lasts for the rest of my life though! Even things I don’t ask for seem to be blessed to me! One prayer I often pray now is that God will make me into a Godly man who is able to provide for and care for a future wife and I pray that when God sees that it is accomplished to show me my future wife, no luck yet. Patience is a blessing though in itself.

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