Prayer To Run Our Race Well (9 May)
God has designated for each of us to run our own race. Even though the end-point is the same for all of us who have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour (i.e. home with God), and even though we never run alone (i.e. being cheered on by the heroes and heroines of faith who have gone before us – Heb 12:1), still, the race we run is one that only we can run. No one can run our race for us. Let us count it a privilege and a joy to be able to run this race, rather than a burden or a chore.
Sing: My Tribute
“…..let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…..” (Heb 12:1)
“…..if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules…..(2 Tim 2:5)
“…..Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore, I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it a slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize….” (1 Cor 9:24-27)
“…..I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith…..” (2 Tim 4:7)
Search your heart and pray as as the Spirit leads
Dear God, thank You for the opportunity to run the race that is marked out for me. Every day, especially during this circuit breaker period, help me to run it with joy and gratitude. Grant me strength, discipline and focus as I run it. I know, O Lord, that it is not a sprint; rather, it is a marathon. There will be times when we run uphill and are truly exhausted, tempted sorely to give up. In those moments, Lord, help me to remember what Jesus did – He obeyed the Father, never gave up and completed the race marked out for Him. As He hung on the Cross of Calvary, He could rightly say, “It is finished” (Jn 19.30). Lord, grant me the strength, like Jesus, to be obedient and finish my race well too.
Any athlete has to compete within the rules of the game. For a Christian, we need to exercise much discipline in order to compete well. Even before a race, we need to train and prepare for it. This requires not just physical but also mental, emotional and especially spiritual preparation as well. In this regard, may I never forget the spiritual disciplines of reading and meditating on Your Word, prayer, fellowship and serving those in need.
Lord, help me to compete well. This is because the stakes are high. I want to win not for my own sake but so as to be a good testimony for You, in order that lost souls can be saved. Even if I do not win, may I make a positive impression on others with my passion, sense of purpose, integrity, humility and fairness. This way, may I bring others on board, both believers and non-believers, to run their respective races for You too.
Finally, Lord, help me to focus on the finishing line where You stand with open arms to receive me and place an imperishable crown of righteousness on my head (2 Tim 4.8). That indeed will be a glorious day, making all the pain and hardship endured during the race, and the arduous training preceding it, worthwhile. Truly, Lord, like many saints who have gone before me, may I also say that I have fought the good fight, that I finished the race strongly and that I have not only kept but also strengthened the faith, till my last breath. In Jesus’ most wonderful name, Amen.