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Exercise Motivation Prayer

Lord, I don't feel like doing this today, but by my authority in Jesus, I cast away my emotions of (say whatever emotions hold you back—unwillingness, complacency, apathy, laziness, sadness, depression). Lack of motivation has no power over me. I disown it. It no longer controls me. My physical and mental health are no longer jeopardized.

My body must follow what I speak into the spiritual.

Holy Spirit, fill me with Your presence. You supply all my needs (Philippians 4:19), including motivation for this work out.

I will not be slothful in zeal but fervent in spirit, to glorify You. (Romans 12:11) I will initiate movement because of You. I will move in Your Spirit, with Your Spirit, because Your Spirit is within me. I will prosper in exercise. It will benefit my health, mind, and body. And I will see, feel, and know its rewards.

All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk only leads to poverty. (Proverbs 6:10-11; 14:23) So, I will no longer sit and think about this or only talk about doing this.

I am more than a conqueror. (Romans 8:37) I act now.

Thank you for the ability to exercise. Amen.


Start your work out immediately.

Once you’ve established a pattern of action, add any of the following prayers to your routine.

Start your workout with this pre-workout prayer, power through it with this intra-workout prayer, end with this post-workout prayer, and use this exercise recovery prayer for in between workouts, when you’re sore, while you’re soaking in an Epsom salt bath, on walks, during stretches, as you lie down to sleep, or on the Sabbath.

Ready to take your workouts to a deeper level? Tap to download my free resource: Worship While You Workout: A 7-Step Guide to Meaningful Workouts.


Tami McCandlish is a writer and speaker who brings hope and healing in the name of Jesus. She is the author of Let the Bees Buzz: Finding Redemption in the Aftermath of School Bullying.

Since 2004, she has worked alongside her husband coaching thousands of people in exercise and wellness.

Tami is an National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, Behavior Change Specialist, Golf Fitness Specialist, Youth Exercise Specialist, and Fitness Nutritional Specialist, a Precision Nutrition - Level 1 Coach, and she holds a B.A. in English and Journalism from Ohio Wesleyan University.

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