Prayer Commitment for the

Week of July 14-July 20

‘The Finish Line
(Hebrews 12:1-2; 1 Peter 1:7; Deuteronomy 31:8; 2 Timothy 4:7)
In a race, you see the finish line and plan your strategy to reach it. You’re a hurdler, what you have done before this particular event, qualifies you for this race.  Your coach has prepared you.  This is what you do, so play in your mind how it’s going to go, the timing and your speed as you strategically jump the hurdles.  You even size up your opponents. Normally, you practice, gaining skill, endurance and undergo conditioning to prepare the body and the mind before the race event.  In life, the study of the Word and reliance on the “Coach” are critical to guide you to victory.
Yes, the practice and conditioning in the “life race” is done simultaneously as you run the race.  At the starting block, you position yourself, crouched and ready to spring forward at the sound of the shot.  You know the victory at the finish line lies within reach, but only after you clear the hurdles in front of you.  The coach has given feedback on how he has won the same race in his time and overcome.  You know these hurdles don’t define you. Yes, they make up a critical part of the race, and are there to challenge you but what is most important is how you run the race.
You have a guideline and know what to expect because of the coach’s instruction.  He’s promised to support you no matter what and be there on the sideline.  You’re aware that every race is different.  It doesn’t matter how much you’ve prepared, there are always changing variables.  These variables come to make you strong.  You plan, pray, and strategize, but in the end, we all must run the race with a big leap of faith.  So let’s do this thing…you take a deep breath and spring forward when the shot rings out.
Matthew 5:9; Colossians 3:15; Romans 15:13