Come, Holy Spirit! Come, give us the strength and endurance to run the race you set before us. Help us take hope from those who came before us and let us look to their examples of faith. Show us the role models in scripture, history and our own lives who can encourage us.
“There will be days when I don’t know if I can run a marathon. There will be a lifetime knowing that I have. ” ~Anonymous
Help us as train for this marathon of faith, just as a runner trains to run. Show us the small steps, the training runs. Guide us in the daily practices to know You better, helping us learn to listen for You and see You at work in our lives.
Let us practice taking tiny steps of obedience and learn how You guide, support and equip us. Build our confidence so we’ll be ready for the bigger leaps of faith.
Help us battle our fears and put them in their place. Show us how to rely on You and conquer those voices telling us we can’t do it.
“Fear is a very explosive emotion, but it has a short lifespan. It’s the sprint. The marathon is hope.” ~Mike Huckabee
Show us that good can come from pain; positive can come from trials. The road You lead us on may be difficult and treacherous, may take us into valleys we’d rather not cross, but help us remember You have a plan for our lives. A plan to prosper us and not to harm us, a plan to give us hope and a future.
“It takes both sunshine and rain to make a rainbow.” ~Anonymous
So, taking encouragement from those who have run the race before us, let us be bold and let go of excuses and fears and run with perseverance the race You lay out before us! Amen!
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This post is part of a 4 week series about the Holy Spirit. Click HERE to catch up on other posts in this series.
This series will look at topics such as:
– Inviting the Holy Spirit to begin working within us
– How to listen for the Holy Spirit
– What it means to obey the guidance of the Holy Spirit
– How obedience is linked to trust
– How the Holy Spirit equips us, even when we don’t feel qualified
– What impact we can have in the world when we open ourselves to the Holy Spirit
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