A Change in Attitude Begins with Prayer
Author Dick Eastman suggests in his book The Hour that Changes the World  to divide an hour into twelve, five minute periods. During each period, one prays a different type of prayer presented graphically in a Prayer Wheel.
At first, I could not comprehend praying for an hour. I started with twelve minutes—one minute for each section.
PRAISE: Acknowledge God for who He is. Exalt Him with your words. I name God using the ABCs: Almighty, Beautiful, Counselor, and so on until “Z”.
WAITING: God is always with us; surrender your time and wait with hope. I quiet myself, ready with expectation.
CONFESSION: Ask for forgiveness of sins. Time flies in this section. I ask, “Reveal my offensive ways, oh Lord.”
PRAYING SCRIPTURE: Remind the Lord of the promise His word provides. I recite my memory verses as a prayer. “Lord, I believe I will receive whatever I ask for in prayer.”
WATCHING: Tell God where you find Him: at work in your life, in your family, in the world. I share my awe. “You amaze me.” “You transformed this couch potato into someone who enjoys exercise.”
INTERCESSION: Share with Him about the needs and concerns of others. I start with my husband, my sons, their future wives, extended family, and friends. Then I focus on my leaders, the people I lead and those I serve beside in ministry.
PETITION: Identify the needs for yourself. Once I exhaust my laundry list, I lapse into silence and ask the Lord for His perspective on my needs.
THANKSGIVING: Express appreciation for the blessings in your life. I thank Him for my salvation, marriage, family, health, church, friends and our freedoms.
SINGING: Worship the Lord with song. I wonder what my neighbors thinks of “Hallelujah Helen” when they see me running and singing at the top of my lungs.
MEDITATION: Reflect on a matter more closely. By now a theme has emerged. In the past, I’ve meditated on obedience, discipline, joy, an action step, or even a chapter for a book I’m writing.
LISTENING: Notice and pay attention with a God-centered focus. Finally, I am quiet in my heart, in my mind, and in my soul. I expect His presence when I listen. I am excited. I am ready.
PRAISE: You spent time in the presence of the Lord, King of Kings. Praise Him.
My attitude changed about exercise when I added the Prayer Wheel. When I walked, I changed prompts at two-minute increments. When I started running, I changed at a tenth and now quarter mile. I printed the wheel and carried it with me in a baggie. Now etched in my memory, I pray when I swim, changing prompts at each lap.
When we spend time in prayer while exercising, we enjoy a bonus: physical and spiritual strength at the same time. Change your attitude; begin with prayer.
This excerpt is from Helen Baratta’s current book project, Restored: Forever Free from Obesity, due out in early 2017. Helen is the Director of Development for First Place 4 Health and a Body & Soul Instructor. Click here to read her Blessed Big Loser success story.
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