Physical fitness enthusiasts would not think of going without a daily workout to sculpt their bodies and keep their heart pumping while enjoying the endorphin rush. It is a non-compromised part of their life. The daily exercise keeps them healthy and feeling in tip-top shape. They would not flinch if someone told them to “Drop and Give Me 10!” Ten Push-ups (or 10 “Ps”) is nothing to someone who is a strong, healthy, physical fitness guru.
I am a spiritual fitness enthusiast. I can say “Drop and Give Me 10” as a daily spiritual workout, sculpting the mind and keeping the heart flowing. This, too, is a non-compromised part of my life. I will “Drop” (to my knees) and “Give Me 10” in order to stay spiritually fit. My “10” = Prayers, Psalms or Minutes. I challenge you to do the same. Prayer is staying connected to your Life Source; communication with the Creator.
The Old Testament overflows with great prayers. A prayer of Hezekiah is a beautiful prayer. Despite his perilous situation and the needs of his people, Hezekiah honored the Lord first with his praises. There are prayers of supplication like that of Elijah. First, he prayed for it not to rain and it did not … for 3 years. Then, he prayed for rain and it came. Abraham knew God very well, thus he was called the “friend” of God. In Abraham’s intercessory prayer, he pleaded with God to spare Sodom because Lot was there. He pleaded on the grounds of God’s justice, claiming it was unlike God to slay the righteous along with the wicked.
There are many more prayer models: Daniel, Nehemiah, and of course, King David and his beautiful Psalms. Prayer is a tool we teach to our 445 students at Faith Farm Ministries, a free recovery program for men and women who struggle with addiction. The chance of recovery success dramatically increases when you stay connected, teachable and accountable with a regular regimen of spiritual fitness.