Oh Lord, I pray that people will get both feet on Your path of righteousness and stay thereon. Too many people have gone off course and our prayers go out to them daily, in order for these lost souls to come back to the faith. However, it is sad to say that only a few of them make it back and are saved. That is why I preach the need for people to start the race and finish it well. So I tell them to read and study the Bible daily, along with being in constant prayer. This will help them be drawn to You, Lord, and not ways of the evil one. Temptation is ramped up in this world and it so easy to get trapped in it. Thankfully, You have been on my side for all these many years and have not allowed me to go down the path of darkness, while staying there. If I have ever willfully sinned, I have gotten back on my two feet with Your mighty power, and have run back to Your safety. I know that I have sinned against You many times and I am so sorry for that. You have been so patient and merciful with me, though I have not deserved it. I should have been a castaway, where my prayers would never be answered again, but You continued to draw me near to You. Thank You, Lord. I often wonder why my life is important, and why You are giving me all these chances at salvation. Surely, You know that there is still work in the kingdom for me, and I am so grateful that You continue to allow me to work for You. And I pray, Lord, that as I run now on Your holy and righteous path, that I run well. There is a finish line ahead of me and it is heaven. I can’t wait to be in Your midst forever. I love You, Lord. You are my God and I worship You. Amen.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (KJV)
24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
It is important that we start the race for Jesus and the gospel’s sake, and then finish it well. Rewards are then given out.