We need to ask God to give us the desire to be healthy, but not for those vain reasons. Examples of vain would be to catch the eye of her/him, to be loved by him/her, to make someone else happy or stay with us, etc.
By taking actions to grow in our prayer life we make it easier in allowing God to guide our steps while making our bodies…living, holy and acceptable to God. “I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”(Romans 12:1 NAS 1977). Let’s not forget to mention avoiding that same mistake Eve made with the enemy in the Garden of Eden; that very mistake that involved food. Now, if food had something to do with “the fall of man” then how much less do you think our battle of taking care of our temple will be? As often as I can remember daily, I ask God to help me not to be gluttonous, eat the wrong foods and even help me not to put off exercise. I also ask for a spirit of conviction regarding if/when I do these things.
Before beginning this journey on consecrating our temples, I suggest that you either get a journal or start a section on your electronic device to keep up with your daily prayers to God regarding your health, your struggles and your successes. By having this journal you can go back and look at previous days past to see what areas you need to ask God for more help and those areas that you can celebrate about. The journal I invested in came from Lifeway Books, titled, “All of Me: a journal for the body, soul and spirit.” This book has ways to mark how many different food groups you ate, what exercise you did and what your inspiration was for that day, along with journaling space.
Some examples of why a prayer life is important on the battlefield are: prayer provides spiritual food and water for daily living, prayer helps you give your life/body back to God and prayer allows you to confess your sins. Now, to put the above into a perspective on dealing with our health. We must ingest healthy food and water for us to live, we must all ask God for His help in giving our bodies/temples back to him on the daily, so that His Holy Spirit has a clean temple to dwell and grow and last, but certainly not least talking to our Father gives us peace when we slip off the track. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
~A Coal to a Diamond