PrayFit RISE Conference Recap

April 23, 2015

Hey everyone, our audio/visual team has completed our short video recap of PrayFit RISE Los Angeles! So exciting to see. I wish we could do it all over again. Hope you enjoy this and please share it with your friends and loved ones. None of it would be possible without you.

Also, the new PrayFit website is coming along so nicely. God-willing we will launch it next week! You’re gonna love it.

See you soon!
Jimmy

PrayFit RISE Los Angeles

PrayFit Ministries Update

April 20, 2015

Hey everyone,

Wow, what a week we’ve had. Thank you for your prayers and wishes for our PrayFit RISE Conference in Los Angeles last week. Bless God. All we wanted to do was serve God, share Jesus, and help anyone who walked through the doors to see their health with the eyes of grace, and He blessed our time. And we even had visitors from 10 states that traveled to L.A. to join in the festivities. Glory to God. PrayFitRISECrewfb

It was such a special day, I can’t quite put things into words, and none of it would have been possible without you. (The video recap is being made as we speak, and I can’t wait to show you.) And what’s more, God has inspired us to do it again. This time, we’re heading to Dallas. PRAYFIT-RISE-DALLAS-PROMODates to be determined, but we’ve spent the last week and will spend the next few weeks formulating the conference. Stay tuned!

On that note, we are also going to Jesus for wisdom for our new PrayFit small group curriculum and PrayFit Ambassador programs we’re launching soon. We are also going to be working to finalize the website redesign that I mentioned a few months ago. So much in store.

Just wanted to give you all an update. Devotions will continue soon. I miss you guys.
Jimmy

But Even If He Doesn’t

April 7, 2015

But even if he doesn’t, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up. –Daniel 3:18

Dr. Charles Stanley says, “Be obedient and leave the consequences to God.” Kinda sums it up doesn’t it? Go ahead and apply it to any circumstance you’re facing. Trouble in a relationship? Making a decision about money? Need to trust God with a health issue? Be obedient and leave the consequences to God. Stands up, doesn’t it?

Speaking of standing up, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego lived it. At the edge of a fiery furnace, they had a decision. Bow to an idol or be thrown in a furnace. They chose faith, believing that God would deliver them from the very fire that tested it. But then they said, “But even if He doesn’t.” That part of the verse has taken up residence inside my heart.

They didn’t jump knowing they’d be delivered. They jumped knowing The Deliverer. I’m shaking my head as I type this sentence. I want an “Even if He doesn’t” kind of faith. Save me, help me, heal me. But even if He doesn’t…
–Jimmy Peña

Until Next Week: Friends, this is going to be the last entry until after the PrayFit RISE Conference this weekend. We may share the occasional update through the entry portal, but please keep us in your prayers this week and weekend. Such an exciting time and a leap of faith for us. Thank you for everything.PRAYFIT-RISE-PROGRAM-COVER

Opening Day

April 6, 2015

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” –Romans 8:1
Read: Romans 8

Yep, I’m too predictable, aren’t I? As I do each year, I’m celebrating the beginning of the Major League Baseball season. Of course, many of you know we’re thrilled that the Boys of Summer have taken the field. In fact, I’m not kidding when I say I’ve been whistling “Take me out to the ballgame” a lot lately. (And maybe now so are you.)

But as I watch my beloved Yankees take the field today, it occurs to me that Opening Day can teach us a lot about grace. Reason being, right before player step into the batter’s box, each person’s average on the screen will be .000 — a clean slate. Reverend Scotty Smith says, “Jesus didn’t just die to give us a clean slate, but to give us His righteousness.” Take a swing at that for a second.Yankee Stadium Spring is Here

You know, each morning you and I step up to the plate ready to swing away at whatever the day throws at us. Thankfully, no matter how many strikeouts we had yesterday, God’s mercy is new with each plate appearance. And with the Resurrection celebration yesterday, it feels so appropriate, no? Jesus conquered death so we can have life; an abundant life with no record of wrongs. When Jesus rose from the grave, He gave us every reason we need to look alive. You know, I’m now whistling a medley. “Take me out to the ballgame“…because I know “He Lives”.

–Jimmy Peña

Conference Week!
5 Days away from PrayFit RISE Los Angeles. Thank you for your continued prayers as we count down the days.

We’re Silent

April 3, 2015

“It is finished.” –John 19:30

Today, we’re silent. Like the angels for six hours that Friday, we’re still. Like the naysayers and doubters, who waited at the foot of the cross to hear Jesus take back His promises, and with the disciples who hid their faces from the enemies who sought them, we’re speechless. It’s Friday. And it is finished.
-Jimmy Peña

Uphill Battles

April 2, 2015

Uphill battles. If anyone understood the phrase, Simon did. Simon of Cyrene was of course the man who helped Jesus carry the cross up the hill toward Calvary. In one moment, a bystander. The next, a cross bearer. He did literally what you and I are called to do figuratively. Little did he know the example he was setting. I wonder if he knew his sin would soon be nailed to the tree he carried.

Uphill battles. If anyone understood the phrase, Jesus did. Yet Jesus knew that what He faced, He had to face alone. Nobody on earth, above or below, could take His place as He took ours. But the thought of you and me facing our days without hope was enough to kill Him. The weight of the cross and our helplessness were more than He could bear.

Simon, Jesus. One cross and an uphill battle.

–Jimmy Peña

“One Day More. Another day another destiny. This never-ending road to Calvary.” - Les Miserables

Self-Made

April 1, 2015

“Do you not know I have the power to have you crucified?” –John 19:10
Read: John 19

You can’t pick up a newspaper, click on a website, or open up Instagram and Twitter without seeing someone claiming to be “self-made.” Look to any industry, and there’s someone who claims that they got to the top on their own; the Captain of a solo flight from rags to riches. Truth is, thinking we’ve made it to the top of anything by our “self” is not only tough to swallow, it’s dangerous to digest. Like someone once said, “A self-made man runs the risk of worshiping their creator.”

Pilate took that risk. He raised his resume in the face of Jesus and beat his own chest. “Do you not know I have the power to have you crucified?” 

Friends, of all weeks, this is one that should remind us that we are nothing without Him. Alone, you and I are self-made messes. And when it comes to our health, if we’re blessed to have it, it’s a gift. Even the motivation to maintain it is a gift. We can’t boast. You and I can’t generate any of it alone. So as we recalibrate our souls this holy week, be sure to embrace the real meaning of fitness; service. Let’s not get so caught up in the process of health that we forget about the purpose of it. As fitness-minded believers, we’ll make the greatest impact when we look in the mirror and see only God’s hands and feet.

–Jimmy Peña

For Discussion: Say AMEN if Jesus is your resume. Say AMEN if Jesus is your boast. Isn’t He so good? Let’s praise Him with our health and our God-made lives today.

Meeting His Eyes

March 31, 2015

“The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter.” –Luke 22:61
Read: Luke 22

Have you ever stopped to think about all the great and odd ways that God gets the attention of His people? Lazarus woke up and Jonah saw the inside of a whale. Just run through the Bible and we find countless examples of jaw-dropping, head-swiveling surrender to God’s presence and authority.

And though you and I don’t cheat tombs or choke whales, we can all identify with Peter at the fire pit. Meeting His EyesHeard any roosters lately? How many opportunities to witness for Jesus have we allowed to go up in smoke? Perhaps around the fire pit of jobs, school or the gym? Like Peter, we all know how it feels to disappoint Christ, and though we’d like to turn back time, Christ turns back our attention. (Notice today’s verse.) Just like Peter, it’s when our eyes meet those of Jesus that we’re broken — in heart and in spirit — and His work through us truly begins.

Question for Holy Week: What does it say to you that amidst the chaos, the trial, and the death sentence, Jesus’ attention was on Peter and his darkest hour?

–Jimmy Peña

10 DAYS!
PrayFit RISE Los Angeles is in 10 days. We are so grateful for your prayers. Some of you have asked if there is a way to help from afar, and yes, we are also still in need of sponsorship funds. All of the proceeds go toward charity and non-profit ministry. If you can help us meet the needs for this cause, please click the give button and you can write-in “PrayFit RISE” as your choice. Thank you so much for your help and heart. We’re so thankful. – Team PrayFit

Carry Your Purpose

March 30, 2015

There he was. Tied up. Who knows how long he’d been waiting? The most insignificant of animals with an inconsequential life. No thoroughbred blood running through his veins. His next meal was his only solace between chores. A helpless laborer, a meaningless creature. When, all of a sudden…CarryYourPurpose

If you’re like me, you’ve questioned your significance. Is this really what I was meant to do? Well, the next time you ponder your purpose, think of that donkey. Jesus asked for him SPECIFICALLY. Sure, the Lord could have chosen any method of transportation, but He chose him. Uniquely qualified, his purpose was to carry Jesus to His.

Forgive my sentimental imagination, but I like to think that a donkey NOBODY had ever ridden knew exactly who he carried. I bet he did his best to make Jesus proud. Of course we don’t know what the Lord said to him as He got off and walked away, maybe nothing. But this humble writer likes to think that as the crowd took Jesus the rest of the way, that little donkey stood taller than ever. After all, Jesus needed a ride.”
–Jimmy Peña

Question: Have you ever pondered your purpose? Ever wondered what Jesus could use you for? No matter what your life’s calling or trade, there is someone you know or someone you don’t who is empty and lost. You’re hand-picked. Like the donkey in our story, you may be the carrier of their only hope. So, deliver. Carry your purpose.

His Name Is John

March 26, 2015

“How can I be sure this will happen? I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.” –Luke 1:18

Not his best moment. If you read today’s chapter, you know that Zacharias has just been given really great news; news of eternal significance. He’s been told that Elizabeth will bear him a son. And his son will go before the Lord with the spirit and power of Elijah no doubt. He’ll be the frontrunner! And not only that, the courier of this miracle message wasn’t a neighbor. It wasn’t a trusted uncle or even the High Priest. No, Zacharias heard this first-hand from — wait for it — none other than Angel Gabriel himself.

Now, all things being equal, you’d think it would prompt Zacharias to simply rejoice, trust and obey. But as you read in today’s verse, Zacharias chose to respond like you and I often do.

Who me? I’m not qualified for that job, have you seen my resume?
Who me? A missionary? Have you read my laundry list of weaknesses?
Who me? Regain my health after years of negligence? What good can this body accomplish?

There’s no telling how effective we would be for the Lord if we trusted the things God lays on our hearts. You know, the little faith of Zacharias spoke volumes, so Gabriel made him mute. Months later, on the very day of his son’s birth, those standing around Elizabeth objected to his given name. But Zacharias — still mute — boldly wrote on his tablet: HIS NAME IS JOHN.

And in that instant, the Bible says he got his voice back.

–Jimmy Peña

Question: When you and I let fear and doubt cloud our hearts and minds, we too become mute. Isn’t it interesting that Zacharias was only allowed to speak after he changed his heart and trusted? What has God put on your heart that you need a voice for?  What roadblocks and barriers are rearing their heads? What is your God-given plan? Let’s clear our throats and speak.