It was a dreary morning, but that didn’t stop 3 other PAX from coming out to hold YHC and each other accountable. This morning really put into perspective just how crucial the 2nd and 3rd F are to the 1st F. Without those other men coming into to lock arms, it’s too easy to just call coffeeteria or head back to the house. Thank you men. Thank you for continuing to show up.
Conditions: Mid 50’s and sprinkling
The Thang —
Mosey down to the covered bridge/breezeway area and circle up for
SSH x20 IC
TTT x10 IC
IW x20 IC
Pair up in partners, 1’s run to end of breezeway and back while 2’s perform prescribed exercise and reps
Flutter Kick (2-count) x200
Iron Cross x80
BBSU x 60
Mosey to block pile, circle up for some arm work
1,2,4 Shoulder Press, Tricep Extensions, Curls
1,2,4 Curls, Shoulder Press, Tricep Ext
1,2,4 Tricep Ext, Curls, Shoulder Press
Chest press until failure
Prayer Requests —
Our brother Dear Diary, his M Chelsea, and 2.0’s
Devo on Prayer
YHC shared this morning that sometimes prayer at F3 can feel a bit routine; it can feel as if one is just going through the motions. Last night, while contemplating a devotion and weinke, I decided to see what God says about prayer in His word. This is what I found:
Prepare to pray —
In Psalm 66 vs 18-19 David gives a hint on how our hearts should look, prior to praying to the Lord:
If I had cherished sin in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened;
but God has surely listened
and has heard my prayer.
“Cherished” sin? Am I holding anything back from God? Is there anything I need to confess? Is there any business I need to handle? God isn’t unwilling to listen to sinners… we all measure short of God’s glory. What we can’t do, however, is hang on to or be reluctant to give up a sin that we “cherish.” If that sin is present, and you’re not willing to let it go, your prayer life will be hindered.
What to pray —
There are two extremes, I find, in prayer. You have the folks that feel like God is a genie, and if you don’t word your request just right, He won’t make it happen like you expect —
Matthew 6: 7-8:
And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
On the other hand, there are times when you are so broken that you cannot even utter a word. God addresses this as well —
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans
We’re all both of the cases above at one point or another. Don’t feel like you have to say things just right to get God to answer you.
What Next? —
Believe. If you don’t believe in what you’re asking, then why bother? Have faith that God hears your requests —
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.
And remember, God isn’t moved because we are deserving. He doesn’t act because we’ve had a good week. Daniel says it perfectly in his book —
We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy