1 Corinthians 9: 24-27 – Run in such a way that you may win it.

1 CORINTHIANS 9:24-27

24Do 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. 25Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable garland, but we an imperishable one. 26So I do not run aimlessly, nor do I box as though beating the air; 27but I punish my body and enslave it, so that after proclaiming to others I myself should not be disqualified.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
  • What self-control is God calling out to you as you run the race?
  • What obstacles do you encounter along the way?
  • What do you keep before you to keep you from running aimlessly?
  • Visualize this focus so you may call upon it again.
  • Who do you need to invite to enter the race?
  • How might you encourage others to stay the course?
  • Give thanks to God for running with you today and for any new insights you have received
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, February 12, 2012, the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B 
2 Kings 5:1-14
Psalm 30:1-12
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Mark 1:40-45

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

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