The Christian race is not a jog, but rather a demanding and grueling – sometimes agonizing – race. It is a marathon, and it takes a massive effort to finish strong. In Hebrews 12:1, we read, “Let us run the race that is before us and never give up.”
Being a Senior Adult it has become apparent to me that many physical activities take more time and effort to accomplish than they used to. Even when doing those tasks which involve serving others and my church, I sometimes feel as if it is too much to keep going. I am tempted to drop out and not finish the race.
This is especially true when we think about prayer. The answers do not come quickly enough, or God answers in a different way than we expect. Sometimes the answers do not seem to be coming at all. During those times weariness can set in, and people will quit praying. Like runners on the side of the trail who stop running due to fatigue, many Christians will give up praying about something and will not finish strong.
By contrast, Jesus’ best work was his final work and his strongest step was his last step. Our Master is the classic example of one who endured. He could have quit the race, but He didn’t. And, by His grace, neither will I quit until He calls me home.
Prayer point: Please pray for God to enable us to run our spiritual race and to finish it strongly.
Today’s Reading: 1 Peter 4:19