In high school, I was not the strongest or fastest kid around. I always had to work hard to keep up. After my baseball life ended I found joy in weight training. In particular in power lifting. There is a gym in my hometown called Explosive Mechanics (click to see website). The head coach there utilizes Westside Barbell Method to develop dynamic, absolute, and repeated strength. Since I trained in this way I was able to lift weights that I thought I could never lift before. I felt weak and weary on my initial days training there. Though, I remained consistent and kept pushing forward. Each time I would go to the gym I would either bench, deadlift, and squat paired with plyometics then accessory work. Overtime, I developed a foundation of power.
This is relevant to our spiritual lives and walk with God. We are called to lift our hands in prayer. At first you might feel weak, weary, and uncomfortable. Remain consistent and push through regardless of how you feel emotionally. Overtime, you will develop a foundation of strength and power through prayer. When you guys consider power lifting think in both aspects of body and spirit. Power lifting develops body and spiritual renewal. You will be strong and able to take on anything at any time.
I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer. Psalm 63:4
Most say praying is difficult, but technically it takes less time than picking up the phone to text someone or post on social media. When it comes to prayer. All you have to do is open your mouth and open your heart to God by calling His name. Quietly is fine too, but there is something different when you pray out loud. The more you do it the better you will get just like weight training or anything else. For most individuals, it is easier to lift 400 plus pounds than it is to lift their hands in the air. Challenge yourself to pray today. We feel weak lifting weights, but get stronger over time. Same with prayer. We feel weak at first, but get stronger over time. Power lifting both weights and your hands will result in a strengthen spirit to endure the day.
When you say a prayer remember it is all about your heart. Use this prayer as starting point if you have been following the blog.
Dear Heavenly Father,
You made me into a relentless Warrior not a worrier. A fighter to protect and unify the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth. It is no longer I who lives, but Christ that lives in me. Today, I die to my self and crucify my flesh. I am called to pick up my cross and walk in righteousness.
Lord, I pray that I get as strong as I can for as long as I can while I can. Spiritually, mentally, and physically. Ground myself in God the Father. Let the Holy Spirit move and take control. Be still, but ready for an opportunity to move.
Lord, give me a drive with relentless motivation to push myself further than ever before. A warrior sees opportunity in struggle, hardships, and adversity because it leads to growth. I know growth is uncomfortable, so I pray to get comfortable for the uncomfortable. I pray for a strong and calm mind during this transformation. Live the bold life you called me. Take risks in which you lead me.
Give me a burden to fight for your people. To unlock their inner potential and be transformed to whom you need us to be. No more poor me attitude, but a pour me attitude of Christ.
Teach me to pave a path for others to achieve greatly. As you paved a path for us to achieve greatly in your name Jesus.
Lord, thank you for transforming me into the real me.
In Jesus Name, Amen