The Power of Prayer and Health

Today’s verse:   Mark 11:24   Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

I have a new kitten who has just turned a year old.    (awwww!)

She is transitioning from kitten food to adult cat food, but every time she eats the adult cat food, she gets sick.   We have spent hundreds of dollars at the vet to find out what is wrong, only to determine that she just needs to still be on kitten food.   Her body cannot handle and process the added stuff in adult food.

This is like our bodies – we cannot naturally process all the junk food that we put into it.  Our bodies respond by getting obese, which brings on all kinds of health related issues.  How do we counter this?   We eat sensibly and exercise.   And we pray to God to give us our health in the first place!

There are hundreds of fad diets and diet supplements out there, just like there are hundreds of cat foods.  All promise to deliver, but in the end the only way to lose weight and keep it off is to eat sensibly with portion control.  We must have self-control.  We cannot do it on our own.  We can, however, pray to God and ask for help.  He will answer our prayers.   He may do it in his own time, but he will never fail us.  We have all heard the bible verse from Matthew 7:7:   “Ask and ye shall receive”.   But it is more than asking, you must believe and have faith.

I teach Sunday school, and something I always stress to my students is that you can ask God for anything, and he will always answer you.  He may not answer you in the way that you want, sometimes his answer is “no”.  But he does answer.  If you believe that he will help you, he will.

When you are struggling with an addiction, turn your problem over to God.  Pray on it and pray without ceasing.  God will answer your prayer.    Ask for others to pray for you – there is power in prayer!     I pray that your prayers are answered for a healthy life!  

Healthy Living Menu (adapted from Prevention Magazine‘s 28 day challenge)

Breakfast:  Scrambled Eggs with Tortillas

Saute 2 Tbsp each diced red bell pepper and onion in skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat until tender.  Add 2 beaten eggs and cook through.  Divide among 2 warm whole wheat tortillas and top with 1/2 shredded cheese.
12 oz. coffee

Lunch:  Turkey Slaw Wrap

Mix 1 cup fresh cabbage and carrot cole-slaw mix, 2 Tbsp no-fat plain Greek-style yogurt, and 1 tsp cider vinegar.  Put 3 oz. low fat turkey breast on large whole wheat tortilla and top with slaw mix.
12 oz. green tea

Dinner:   Grilled Island Shrimp

Toss 3 oz. peeled and de-veined shrimp with 1 Tbsp. jerk seasoning.  Broil
Serve over 1 cup of 1/2 cup cooked brown rice with 1/2 cup low sodium black beans.
1 cup sliced zucchini stir fried in 1 tsp olive oil
12 oz herbal tea

Dessert:

1 oz dark chocolate (70% cacao)
2 marshmallows

Optional Snack:

10 whole unsalted almonds
20 yogurt covered raisins

 

 

 

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