Prayers for endurance

prayers for endurance

I successfully completed my first triathlon on Sunday.  Yeah!  It was actually a short “Adventure Race”: Kayak 2 miles, Bike 20K and Run 5K.  My only real goal for this race was to just complete the race without walking.  I did much better than that, but I did worry about pacing myself and enduring the entire race.  When I ended, I had lots of energy left — darn, I should have pushed harder.   🙂

Below is an example how I might have prayed to God for endurance during such an event in my Christian days.  The diagram illustrates one of the many images I had of my relation to the Divine — remember, I have always been a very visual person.  In this image, Jesus is seated at the right hand of God and the Holy Spirit helping us communicate .  This Session of Christ Model is one of the many models I saw during my Divine communications.  I recall often wondering how I was suppose to visualize the communication.  In my post Guidance Prayer, I show how our prayers are simply talking to ourselves — literally, to our many selves.  But in the diagram I made there, I left out The Holy Spirit — ooops.  Sometimes you can’t remember all the correct theology in a prayer.  In fact in my post called  forgetting about Jesus I tell about realizing that leaving “Jesus” out of my prayers can not be as bad as I imagine.  That insight about proper prayer then dramatically accelerated my downward spiritual spiral.

Anyway, without further ado, in this post I am again illustrating this simple phenomena:   the actual mechanics of a Christian endurance prayer.  Let’s start with how a Christian may view his prayer to God to get endurance during a bike race:

prayers for endurance

Below is a naturalist’s model of what may actually be happening in a person praying for endurance — various sides of the racer push him to do better.  A Christian may hear these voices as being the loving supportive voice of their god.

prayers for endurance

Hearing God’s voice is easy — especially when you really want to.  I am sure there were several Christians in my race who were being encouraged on by their Lord Jesus.  Similarly, Lord Krishna may have cheered on some Hindu racers.  But for all of us, no matter how we interpreted the voices in our heads, the race was fun and I look forward to another race in four weeks.  Hopefully in this next race I won’t daydream about such silly images and instead, run a little harder.

prayers for endurance

Prayer for Endurance:

Father, I am thankful for the gift of life, and will remember that it is not my will, but Your will for my life. Lord, please sharpen my focus, order my steps, and strengthen me each day, to accomplish Your divine plan for my life. On days when I feel too spiritually fatigued to run the marathon of life, I know that baby steps count and will not succumb to condemnation. Seal in my heart and mind, Father, Colossians 1:11 “May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy”.

Source and full prayer:
A few years ago, I had a spiritual mountain top experience. I can’t say that I’ve had many of those. Actually, I’ve only had this one… so far.

This time was so sweet. I seemed to be cocooned from worldly influences and each day I spent several hours in worship and hearing God speak rich promises to me. My faith was set on fire. My prayer life was intense and my intimacy with God was incredible.

This lasted several months and at the end of that time, the Lord spoke to me through Hebrews 10:35-39, part of which says, “For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.”

I didn’t know it at the time, but this was the conclusion of the mountain top experience.

Like Peter, James, and John, I too traveled back down the mountain top into everyday life (see Luke 9:28-37). Into the noise, the demands, the mundane. Into the icky stuff that seems so un-spiritual.

I’ve often asked the Lord why. Why do things have to seem so mundane? Why aren’t those promises happening like I thought they would? Why don’t I feel the intimacy with Him like I did then? Have I done something or failed to do something? Why can’t I have the same level of worship, adoration, and faith? It is a natural tendency to ask these things…but these questions are not reflective of being spiritually minded.

These questions simply show how quick I am to relate with God on human terms instead of relating out of trusting, abiding relationship. In the years since that mountain top experience, He has taught me to go back to Hebrews 10 and that word “endurance.” 

The Christian walk is about endurance.

It isn’t about having my spiritual ducks in a row or having my spiritual life look a certain way. It isn’t even about seeing God’s promises fulfilled in my life. It is about having a rock solid faith in my God who will not fail me. Ever. And that rock solid faith requires perseverance. 

It requires taking up the Sword and doing warfare. It requires persevering in the truth.

I can’t be a wimpy Christian. I can’t have quiet time each morning and demand instant spiritual gratification. Or instant spiritual fruit. I can’t wonder where God is each time I experience a bump in the road or wonder if He’s given up on me each time I fail or sin.

“My righteous one will live by faith; and if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” (verse 38)

Over the past several years, God has taught me that faith requires perseverance and a bold, tenacious one at that.

{{Sort of a side note to praying scripture for your children, but as I prepared this post it was burning in my heart~ smile}}

Endurance is something God says we have need of.  This is a great virtue to pray for our kids as well as ourselves.  And we need to know that endurance is something God works into our lives in the messy, mundane of life… not on the mountain top.

If you are in the messy, noisy place today, be encouraged. God is working endurance into your life and you will not be disappointed, for “after you have done the will of God, you will receive what was promised.”

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