Prayer & Exercise: The Powerful Combination

Have you noticed how much better you feel after a good workout or after taking the time to pray? Those with faith in our Father know the benefits of prayer for themselves. When you are dealing with stress, exercise is one known way to minimize the impact of stress on your health. I’d like to encourage you to add prayer to your exercise routine. When you are taking a walk or doing your workout, it’s a great time to pray. Clearly, exercise is one of the most effective forms of stress relief available; even more important than exercise is living a lifestyle of faith in God. Lasting peace and joy come only from a relationship with God and by knowing His Word. The Scripture promises: “You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11, The Amplified Bible). So as you spend time in prayer and in God’s Word, you can expect to be refreshed and experience joy and peace through your relationship with Him.

I have a friend who walks daily. She is a single mom with an extremely busy schedule, but exercise is part of her routine. She said, “I walk first thing in the morning and while I’m walking, I pray in the Spirit and build myself up in faith (Jude 20). By the end of my walk, I’m prepared spiritually, physically and emotionally for the day ahead. I don’t have time not to exercise!” Depending on the kind of exercise you choose, you too can build yourself up spiritually, while working out, by listening to teaching tapes, praying or confessing the Word.

Prayer can help clear your mind and give you the peace that allows you to focus on the most important things and people in your life. It empowers you to live joyfully in the midst of the storm. You might begin with a simple prayer of
thanks before you begin your workout:

Father I thank you that Your Word says in Acts 17:28 “In Him we live and move and have our being.” I thank you, God, for the strength to exercise. Thank you for the legs that enable me to walk wherever I want to go. Thank you for the breath that gives me life. Thank you for the eyes that enable me to see Your beautiful creation. Thank you for one more day of life!

So often, people exercise begrudgingly; however, if you approach exercise as a time to connect spiritually and give thanks for the body you have been blessed with – one that gives you the freedom to do the many things you do daily, then exercise will become a joyous part of your day!

Press On!

Beverly Henson

Meridian Mississippi

Scriptures from King James version unless otherwise noted.

Beverly Henson is a conference and rally speaker for the First Place ministry. She is also a Bible teacher and certified personal trainer. Beverly joined First Place in July 1997 and has lost 160 pounds. First Place has given Beverly a powerful testimony. She is the First Place Director and the Director of Wellness Ministries at Northcrest Baptist Church in Meridian, MS. She is also an area Networking Leader for First Place in Mississippi. Beverly has a genuine love of proclaiming the word of God to His people.