Praying For The Grace To Run The Race

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Praying For The Grace To Run The Race

Today, we will be praying for the grace to run the race. Everyone in the world is like athletes. We all have a race to run. Although, not everyone in the world understands his or her race, that does not remove the fact that we are in a race. Many are running aimlessly. Some are fighting as if they are beating the air because they have missed their target. However, Apostle Paul advises us to run, so that we can obtain the prize (1 Corinthians 9:24-27). As we mount up wings like the eagles and soar high, we need the grace to run the race. 

In the last word of Jesus Christ on the cross, He said, “It is finished.” Jesus knew that He was on earth on an assignment just like you and I. There is a race set before us that we must run. There is a purpose for each and everyone of us that we must fulfill. Not all that start a race get to the end of the race. Some will fall by the wayside. Some will look back like Lot’s wife who became a pillar of salt. 

Don’t Just Be A Starter, Be A Finisher

There will be those who will start well but end badly like the Galatians who started in the Spirit but are trying to finish by means of the flesh. Galatians 3:3 says, “Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?” However, when you wait upon God, He promised to renew your strength.

Judas was one of the Apostles of Jesus Christ. He was also enlisted in the race and he did a lot of exploits. However, he ended badly. He could not deny himself and take up his cross to follow Jesus. He allowed greed and stealing to deprive him of paradise. The scripture says that better is the end of a thing than its beginning thereof (Ecclesiastes 7:8). We all need the grace to run the race to the end. 

What is divine grace?

Divine grace has been defined as the divine influence which operates in humans to regenerate and sanctify, to inspire virtuous impulses, and to impart strength to endure trial and temptation; and as individual virtue or excellence of divine origin. Peter could have ended the way of Judas, if not for the grace of God. He also denied Jesus Christ three times. Matthew 10:33 says, “But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.” This verdict was supposed to be Peter’s portion. Jesus was supposed to deny Peter before His Father in heaven. However, through grace, he was restored. 

Grace lifted Joseph from the prison and set him in the palace. Grace took David out of obscurity and brought him into the limelight to become the king over Israel. By grace, despite the atrocities committed by David when he killed Uriah and slept with his wife Bathsheba, God still established his throne forever. Grace forgives Rahab the harlot and she became one of the great matriarchs of Jesus’ Christ. How can someone like Apostle Paul be enlisted among the Apostles not to talk of him  writing about two-third of the New Testament if not for grace? The thief nailed alongside Jesus Christ did not merit heaven, but at the dying minute, he made it. It was grace that found him; if not, he would have gone to hell.

Grace Gives You A Special Advantage

In your business and career, you have a special advantage over others. That advantage is called grace. Grace empowers you to achieve more effortlessly. There is a grace to run the race and it is available for everyone. However, not everyone claims this grace that is available for all. There is  a grace to be saved.  Titus 2:11-12 says, “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age.” The grace that God has given us does not only save, but also has the capacity to teach us to live soberly, righteously and godly in the present age. 

It takes the grace of God for you to run and not be weary. The grace for the race is available for you today. As we pray today, I pray that God will grant us the grace to run the race in Jesus’ name. 

Prayer Points

  1. I throw off everything that hinders and sin that so easily entangles in Jesus’ name. Father, give me the grace to run this race with perseverance until I reach my goal in Jesus’ name

Hebrews 12:1

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us

2. Father, I pray for the grace to fight the good fight and to finish the race. Lord, I pray for the grace to keep the faith in Jesus’ name

2 Timothy 4:7

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith

3. Father, I pray for the grace to run a good race. Lord, I pray that I will not derail from obeying the truth in Jesus’ name

Galatians 5:7

You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth?

4. Father, I pray for the grace to run with the vision which you have given me in Jesus’ name. Lord, I pray that you will bless me with the gifts of men and women who will also run with this vision in Jesus’ name.

Habakkuk 2:2

Then the LORD replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it

5. Father, I pray that as I wait upon you, you will renew my strength. I pray that I will soar on wings like eagles, and I will run and not grow weary. Lord, I pray that I will walk and not be faint and you will give me the grace to run the race in Jesus’ name

Isaiah 40:31

“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint

6. Father, I pray for the grace to persevere under trial and the strength to stand the test. Lord, I pray that as I run the race I will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him in Jesus’ name

James 1:12

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him

7. Father, I pray that I will not be worn out as I run this race. I pray that I will not only compete with horses but like Elijah, I will outrun horses in Jesus’ name. Lord, I pray for the grace to do an extraordinary exploits for you in Jesus’ name

Jeremiah 12:5

“If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?

8. Father, I pray that I will charge like warriors and scale walls like soldiers in Jesus’ name. I pray for the grace to march in line not swerving from my course in Jesus’ name

Joel 2:7

They charge like warriors, they scale walls like soldiers. They all march in line, not swerving from their course.

9. Father, I pray for the grace to stand firm to the end in Jesus’ name

Matthew 24:13

 “But the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.”

10. Father, I pray that with your help, I will advance against a troop and with you I will scale a wall in Jesus’ name.

Psalm 18:29

With your help I can advance against a troop ; with my God I can scale a wall.

11. Father, I pray for the grace to run in the path of your commands. Lord, I pray that you will broaden my understanding in Jesus’ name.

Psalm 119:32

 I run in the path of your commands, for you have broadened my understanding.

12. Father, I pray that whatever I suffer for the sake of the gospel will produce perseverance. I pray that my perseverance will produce character and my character hope in Jesus’ name

Romans 5:3-4

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;  4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.

13. Father, I pray that as I run the race, I will get the price in Jesus’ name. Lord, I pray that I will not lose my reward in Jesus’ name

1 Corinthians 9:24

24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 

14. Father, I pray for the grace to follow the strict training and to imbibe self-discipline in Jesus’ name. Lord, I pray that at the end of my race, I will receive a crown that will last forever.

1 Corinthians 9:25

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. 

15. Father, I pray that I will not run my raise aimlessly and I will not fight like a boxer beating the air in. I pray for the grace to put my body under subjection so that I will not be disqualified for the prize in Jesus’ name

1 Corinthians 9:26-27

Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.  27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

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