A Dangerous Prayer
“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?
PRAYFIT AT YOUR CHURCH
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. And for a taste of what they can expect, click ‘play’ below.