121 Days of Prayer

They Do It to Receive a Perishable Wreath

The purposes of this prayer are: Perseverance and Guidance/Purpose.

Holy Father, I realize that I am not under the law, and therefore am not subject to its proscriptions. However, just because I am free to do whatever I want does not mean that I should. In 1 Corinthians, Paul wrote, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are beneficial. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be dominated by anything.” 1 Corinthians 6:12 (NRSV). Paul also wrote, “Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it. Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one. So I do not run aimlessly, nor do I box as though beating the air, but I punish my body and enslave it, so that after proclaiming to others I myself should not be disqualified.” 1 Corinthians 9:24–27 (NRSV). Lord, please help me to run the race in a way that I might win it. May I persevere in only doing your will. Amen.