Josh

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Specific Prayers & Tracking Results

On June 4, 2017 I decided to start a new daily prayer habit.

So for the last 3 weeks I’ve been praying at least 30 minutes a day. Some prayer sessions have been great. I sense God’s presence and feel like I’m praying in power and with authority.

But most days I feel like I’m just going through the motions.

My prayers feel lifeless and I fight thoughts that whisper, “Josh, you’re becoming so religious by turning a life-giving thing like prayer into a dead habit. You’re wasting your time.”

Thank you Accuser, you’re so “encouraging.”

When I get thoughts like that I go back to the Word to meditate on the truth.

I did that today. I read James 5:17–18 that says:

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Strengthen Your Will: Unbroken Chains

I jumped out of the hotel bed at 11:45 p.m.

“What are you doing?” my wife asked.

“I almost forgot to do my 100 pushups!”

It was dark but I knew she was rolling her eyes at me. But I didn’t care. All I cared about was not breaking my chain.

And the thought of almost going to sleep without doing my 100 daily pushups freaked me out (yes, weird things freak me out)!

So I pumped out 100 pushups, drank some water and hopped back in bed at midnight.

I started doing 100 pushups a day on March 4, 2013. My unbroken chain lasted 777 days in a row before I quit.

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