My Diet Plan

1 Chronicles 4:9-10

Go beyond average through genuine prayer.

A week ago in this space, I confessed to my gluttonous ways. Over the past three weeks, I’ve succeeded in behaving myself, losing in excess of two pounds each week. I’m perfectly happy with weight loss at that pace, which will get me into an acceptable range before the year’s end and right where I want to be before the winter is well advanced.

But now, rather than, like last week, confessing my gluttony, I have another confession to share. To the best of my recollection, I’ve done all of that good stuff over those three weeks on my own power. I log my food in MyFitnessPal and exercise six days a week. So far, that’s working really well, but I can’t believe that I have completely neglected to lift this matter up in prayer.

Why would I need to pray when I’m getting good results without praying? By the same logic, I shouldn’t pray over my meals since they nourish me regardless of whether I pray or not.

As surely as I’ve had three good weeks in a row, I can fall off the wagon today or tomorrow or next week. It would be easy to lose all of the progress that I have already achieved, leaving me to start all over again.

Is it possible for us to do good things without genuine prayer? Yes. But will we ever achieve the most significant things that God has in mind if we don’t bathe that matter in prayer? I don’t think so.

So there’s my new diet plan. I’ll still try to eat the same amount, but I’ll eat it with prayer. Probably you have an area in which you need to pray more as well. So dig in!

  • Is your prayer life something that can be accurately called “genuine”? In what ways do you fall short?
  • What have you been able to achieve in the past because of a powerful effort of prayer?
  • What area of your life should be included in your prayers more regularly?
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Mark Browning

Connection Point Member
Mark Browning is an English professor at Johnson County Community College. Mark also writes curriculum for LifeWay Resources and Connection Point Church. Visit Mark's personal blog at