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Prayer is like working out; the muscle it exercises is faith. Like going to the gym, or spin class–or anything, really–it’s a discipline we develop. And it can only be developed in the doing.

Thinking about doing a thing (like prayer) is very much different from actually doing that thing. I could, for instance, stare at the muscle mags at the bookstore all day, and not put on any new muscle. The difference lays between the very great gulf betwixt intention and action. The gentleman in the top photo didn’t lift all the weight upon the back of his intentions; no, he put in the work. He trained.


In other words, intending to pray is akin to intending to exercise: not worth a hill of beans. Prayer is the active exercise of our belief, our communion with the unseen. It’d where the rubber of life meets the road of faith. It’s part and parcel of our spiritual disciplines. It’s part of our training. Remember the verse from Hebrews? “He that comes to God must first believe that He is, and that He is the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”

Prayer–like exercise, like writing, like the arts, like honest work, requires this: diligence.

Have you prayed today? If not, when’s the last time you did?

There’s no time like the present. Don’t put it off anymore. Exercise your faith (and not just your body).

Please Pray

randomlychad  —  July 2, 2014 — 6 Comments

Folks, my wife Lisa is having an outpatient procedure this morning at 11:30 A.M. EDT. If you could please remember her in your prayers.

Thanks so much!

God bless,

Chad

I believe in you–have faith you will succeed, will carry through. I believe God can, will, and does bless you.

But I have trouble believing for me.

I have trouble believing in me. I know you can do it; I just don’t know that I can. If you have a need, I can pray prayers that will bring the glory down. But for myself? For me, my faith is a frail thing. It’s small–smaller than a grain of mustard seed.

I don’t know how to pray for myself anyhow, relying upon recorded prayers. Trusting that God will hear my tongue-tied heart. I don’t know what to ask for.

Oh, I believe you’re worthy, my friend.

But maybe I know my own dark heart too well to even dare to dream that God will bless me? I’m not worthy…

Lord, I believe; help Thou my unbelief.

Give me the faith to believe for me.

Have you ever been there, friend?

Please Pray For Lisa

randomlychad  —  April 12, 2013 — 7 Comments

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All, my wife, Lisa, is having surgery today at 12:00 EDT. Would appreciate your prayers. We are hoping that this gives her the relief she so desperately needs from some ongoing breathing problems.

Thanks so much!

Will let you know how everything went.

God bless you,

Chad

When the Words Fail

randomlychad  —  March 21, 2013 — 7 Comments

Friends, I’m in season now where I took a break from writing projects to do some much needed soul work. Hard on the heels of that time came a season of illness for my wife. The throes of which we are still in.

As draining as it is for me, physically and emotionally (leaving little energy to write, making me feel a failure in that arena), I can only imagine how it is for her…

When the relief she so desperately seeks is not forthcoming:

Oftentimes, you see

She has said to me

She wants to be other than she

But yet remains within:

A prisoner of her own skin

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If you think of her, please pray for Lisa.

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Thanks, and God bless you.