How can I get the most out of my prayers?   Leave a comment

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I used to do a lot of weight lifting. When I lifted with my coach, Joe, he would always say, “Squeeze the muscle at the top.” What Joe meant was, in order to get the most out of the work, pause and squeeze harder than ever before at the peak of the lift. The lesson I learned from this was to resist just going through the motions or counting repetitions without getting the full benefit of whatever I’m doing.

I’ve applied his coaching to the way I pray. When I pray, I like to ask God what He knows about me or about the situation I’m dealing with. Once I hear God’s response, I “squeeze” the insights God has given. Meaning, I deliberately value the spiritual facts that have come through prayer.

I let my heart be moved—I keep praying until I really feel God’s tender guidance, or sense just how known and special I am to Him.

Once my heart moves, I know the healing is happening. And then I see the changes in my life……..

When I sit down to pray, I really show up. I’m vigilant to not just warm the bench. I check in with myself and ask what new ideas I’ve heard or what familiar ideas I’ve applied in a fresh way.

It can be easy to go through life on autopilot. It’s easy to coast—whether in school, at the gym, or in our spiritual growth. But when I look at my spiritual role models, Christ Jesus and Mary Baker Eddy—the Discoverer of Christian Science and author of a book called Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures that helps me to understand Jesus’ teachings—it’s clear that neither spent even a day coasting. They were fully engaged with their prayers, fully committed to a life of living and loving God. The results were life-changing for the people they encountered and for the world.

Loving the spiritual facts we perceive and gleaning everything we can from these ideas is a great way to get the most out of our prayers.

Click here to read the entire article which includes a good example of healing when the author, Piper Foster Wilder, got hurt during training

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