A Prayer for Your Marathon

by Andy Wood on September 9, 2015

in Ability, Executing Your Plan, Five LV Laws, Life Currency, LV Cycle, Prayers, Principle of Eternity


Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, we must get rid of every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and run with endurance the race set out for us, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews12:1-2a, NET).

You are running, and the race is long. I pray that your eyes, your ears, your heart will be open to know just how many witnesses you have – how great a cloud of watchers, so aware of the race you are running.

Others near and far have been tripped up and fallen. I pray that you run free from the entanglements and weights – light-hearted, love-driven, and alert to distraction.

Underdogs and favorites all start well, but only one receives the prize. I pray that you will have the will of the marathoner, knowing the road is long but your will and power to endure is longer still.

Confidence and courage wane in the face of fatigue. I pray that as you run, you are vitally connected with the Perfecter of your faith, and that your gaze will look past the distance, the pain, the grandstands or the other runners – and that you will embrace His nearness as your good.

Aching may be a familiar companion and answers may seem fleeting. Nevertheless, I pray that you will run shame-free and lion-hearted, confident of the joy that awaits you as you cross the finish line into His waiting arms.

No one who runs this race, including you, runs without a compass or a guide. I pray that despite the weariness or the opposition, you will run in the wake of the One who made it before you without losing heart.

Discipline calls for tough choices and sober sacrifices. Yet I pray that you bear with honor the ultimate expression of being a child of, and loved by, the Father.

Often that discipline shows up in the deceptive form of permanent pain or unending longing. I pray that even in moments of sorrow you can see the joy, and in what appear to be moments of hopeless challenge, you can trace the good.

Isolation and the disease of introspection will cripple you and render you powerless to finish what you have started. I pray that as you cross the finish line, you do so beside someone whose hands you have strengthened and whose stride you have helped to lengthen.

Twists and turns may appear scenic, but in the end, they only complicate your life and hinder your progress. I pray that as you pursue the way set before you, that your wisdom abounds, your effort is multiplied, and that your paths are made straight by the vision, hope, and faith that you certainly will carry.

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Scot September 10, 2015 at 1:38 am

From a marathoner and one who runs for God, thank you. I hope to run one more marathon, Boston next year, and I will remember this prayer.

Martha Orlando September 10, 2015 at 7:52 am

Your words today offered so much encouragement, Andy, as I have been taking care of my mother who fractured her leg for the last two weeks (short break at home while brother fills in for me). That’s been a marathon challenge in itself! Praying God gives me grace and guidance for the long road ahead.
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