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Motivation:   Religion, Prayer & Health

Religion and prayer can help us achieve our goals.
Many of us believe that we were created by a supreme being who is good and wants us to live a successful, satisfying life. The Creator watches over us and invites us to ask for strength to be better people and to overcome life's challenges.

Religion and prayer

Ask for help.   Pray for strength.
The more religious people feel comfort in asking for help from above. Miracles happen, and believing that they are possible adds to belief in ourselves. The Creator listens to our needs. We feel more self-confident, more empowered and more resolute in improving ourselves. We are eager to give glory to the Creator by working to improve ourselves spiritually and physically. Our bodies are "temples" and these temples require maintenance!

Pray or meditate anytime, anywhere
Even if you don't regularly attend services at a church or temple or mosque, the Creator is always listening. You have nothing to lose by seeking aid from the Almighty! Ask for help in losing weight, fighting disease, recovering from injury, learning to swim, running faster, or staying more committed to your diet. Pray hard and put in the effort, and amazing things can happen!

The Creator hears us all
We often see professional athletes making religious gestures and remarks on television.... Major league baseball players making the sign of the cross, football players pointing to the sky upon scoring a touchdown, boxers or basketball players thanking their "personal savior, Jesus Christ". Sometimes these actions seem staged. Sometimes they seem to be just embedded rituals. But these actions are a form of prayer that each of us can practice and take seriously.

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How and When to Pray

Make it part of your routine
Just like stretching, warming up, or drinking coffee in the morning, if you meditate or pray at regular times, it becomes part of your schedule. It could be something simple like "Lord give me strength." It could be an appropriate Bible verse. It could be a passage from the Koran. The most important thing is that you are communicationg with "the man upstairs" and remembering that he is with you every step of the way.

Pray anytime:

  • In the morning, before getting out of bed - ask for a successful day
  • In the car while driving to the gym - ask for energy or a safe workout
  • During a run in the park or on a treadmill - ask for the will to reach your goal
  • After the workout (even in the shower) - give thanks for improvement
  • Before meals - give thanks for food and ask for help in making healthy food choices
  • End of the day - give thanks for people who've helped you, ask for blessings on friends and family
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Bible verses

Hear my cry, O God,   listen to my prayer!
Raise me up, set me on a rock,   for you are my refuge,
    a tower of strength against the foe.
Then I will ever dwell in your tent,   take refuge in the shelter of your wings.

Psalm 61 v.2, 4-5

I trust in your faithfulness.   Grant my heart joy in your help,
That I may sing of the Lord,   "How good our God has been to me!"

Psalm 13 v.6

In you, Lord, I take refuge;   let me never ve put to shame.
In your justice deliver me;   incline your ear to me; make haste to rescue me!
Be my rock of refuge,   a stronghold to save me.
You are my rock and my fortress;   for your name's sake lead and guide me.
Free me from the net they have set for me,   for you are my refuge.
Into your hands I commend my spirit;   you will redeem me, Lord, faithful God.
You hate those who serve worthless idols,   but I trust in the Lord.
I will rejoice and be glad in your love,
    once you have seen my misery, observed my distress.

Psalm 31 v.1-8



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