A Dangerous Prayer

October 11, 2012

“Why did we ever leave Egypt?” –Numbers 11:20

Read: Numbers 11

Did you catch it? They actually missed prison. Not long after the Israelites met freedom, they actually longed for captivity. Behind bars they had no choices. As inmates, they had no responsibility. Even though they were trapped, they were warm, cozy, and full. Their prayer for freedom was a dangerous one. Nothing a generation in the desert couldn’t answer.

What about us? When was the last time you and I prayed dangerously? About finances, a relationship…our health? See, once they were set free, the Israelites faced the need for obedience and responsibility; so do we. Folks, our bodies are merely tools, not finished products. Better fitness simply means better equipped. It’s tough to visit the poor from the couch, and it’s impossible to see the hurting in our own mirror. But we’re warm, cozy, and full (even if of ourselves). (Note: this should speak to both the fit and the not-so-fit.)

If God allows us the opportunity for better health, what will we do with it? Will we sit? Focus on ourselves? Will we allow a generation to wander before we see health as a means of praise? If so, why did we ever leave Egypt?

–Jimmy Peña


We’ve been receiving a steady flow of e-mails over the past few months about how to get the PrayFit message — a message of health and effective physical stewardship as a means of praise. These messages have been from concerned parishioners, just like you, who see the alarming trend of obesity and poor health spilling over into their congregations — people who see the value and critical importance of respecting the bodies that we were blessed with, even if it’s a new idea to them.

One of the best ways to bring up the collective health of your church is to let them hear the message, direct from its architect: Jimmy Peña. This spring, arrange to have Jimmy speak at your church. For more information to share with your pastors and boards, contact us at info@prayfit.com. And for a taste of what they can expect, click ‘play’ below.


  1. Dan

    Thanks for this message. It prompts me to check myself for why I am seeking better health and fitness. Is the end game to feel better and look better, and to lengthen life?

    Why feel better and lengthen life to only to remain “on the bench” when it comes to serving others and proclaiming the Good News. Thanks for the challenge!

  2. Sandie Powell

    Thank you Jimmy for the inspiring devotion. I felt as if you “were reading my mail”. So many decisions, so many steps…no…make that LEAPS of faith right now. Wish I could say this process is easy and comfortable, but the truth of the matter, it isn’t.

    But, as your devotion reminds us, God is faithful, even when we complain, murmur, and grumble. Strides in faith, health, and wellness usually occur “in the desert”.

  3. Jim Dewart

    The challenge to each of us is to know when to take action, and when to have a Sabbath for soul and body. Thanks for your helpful thoughts.

  4. Amy

    Amen! Thank you Jimmy for connecting the dots on why fitness matters – and for keeping our focus on what to do (who to serve) with our health and strength. James 4: 3 says, “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts”….I know I have been guilty of wanting to be fit for me (pride and comfort) and not as a means of praise and to be able to serve – thanks for faithfully bringing our focus back to a God centered reality.

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