Footsteps of Faith

Footsteps of Faith
Author: Grace Hill, Outreach & Foster WV Coordinator
When We Pray - Part 1
About a month ago, I decided to prioritize things that were good for my soul. On a whim, I signed up for a half marathon. After high school, I really enjoyed running, not only for the physical benefits but also the mental benefits. I had taken some time away from it over the past two years. And, if I’m being honest, my relationship with the Lord has also been difficult over the last two years. I went through some very hard times, circumstantially and relationally. I didn’t feel like I had much left to give to anyone, especially God. Thanks to therapy and God’s grace, I am in a better place and can see how God has had His hand in all of it.
 
Training for this half marathon has taught me a lot about my prayer life and my relationship with God. When it comes to running, I feel like I have full access to God. It is just the Lord and me. There aren’t many times anymore when I feel like I am away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Running truly quiets my soul and forces me to press into the quiet. Running has given me an opportunity to be authentically myself. When I am away from everyday demands, it allows me to be real in my conversations with God. The long runs provide solitude and quiet moments where I can talk to God and simply be open to hearing what He has for me without worldly noise. God is good and worthy of our trust.
“He renews my life; he leads me along the right paths for his name’s sake.” 
- Psalm 23:3 
Training for a half marathon happens one step at a time. I’ve had to work through sore muscles, shin splints, tired lungs, eating and drinking adjustments, and more. I’ve had to learn how to listen to my body and alter how I train. The same is true for my walk with Christ. I can’t just skip past the hard stuff. I have to prioritize it, taking things one step at a time—working through the pains and hurdles. God has used my training to remind me to slow down, listen to Him, and not rush what He has for me.

Just as the runner trains to excel, your consistency in prayer shapes your spirit, strengthens your faith, and brings you closer to the heart of Jesus.

Like running, prayer is a discipline that takes repeated practice. I have noticed that the longer I go without praying, the harder it is to get back into that practice. I can fill that space with so many other activities: scrolling endlessly on my phone, worrying about the future, watching tv, just to name a few. The same goes for running—the longer I am away from it, the harder it is to get back into shape. 

Just as the runner trains to excel, your consistency in prayer shapes your spirit, strengthens your faith, and brings you closer to the heart of Jesus. These endeavors require dedication, self-reflection, perseverance, and the willingness to go beyond your comfort zone to reach your full potential. How can you push yourself out of your comfort zone to strengthen your prayer life?

Recent

Archive

 2024

Categories

Tags

1 Timothy 4:3-4 1 corinthians 13 3 tips Abraham Barb Bible Christ centered friendships Christ-centered friendships Christ Control David Deuteronomy 31:8 Elijah Gideon God's Word God's faithfulness God's will God\'s Word God\'s will God\\\'s will God\\\\\\\'s will Gods Word Gods voice Gods will God Good Samaritan Isaac Isaiah 41 Isaiah 53 Isaiah James 1:22 James 4:14 Jesus is coming Jesus Jonathan Josiah Live at Peace Matthew 26:38-39 Messiah Old Testament Paul Philippians 2 Psalms Romans 6:9 Saul Savior Scripture Significant Others Talented Word of God You Say a mother's prayer a mother\'s prayer a mothers prayer abandon abby conner absolute truth acts 1:8 acts 2:42-47 acts adam and eve adam etris adam adulteror advent alls well that ends well andrew archer andrew angels sing anger anguish anxiety apostles appreciation archer arch are you prepared art of neighboring attributes austin michels austin authorities authority baptism sunday baptism barabbas barb banhart barb barnhart barnhart be a friend be still be strong and courageous be transformed beauty from ashes becoming fearless believers believe betrayal better neighbors better be brandy gibson brandy broken bronze serpant bruce lane bruce cancel culture cancel care carols celebrate others christian life christianity christian christmas with the ridge christmas church defined church design church circles cleaning the temple clinging to jesus colossians 1:13 community compassion concentric circles conflict connection courage created for community crisis in israel cross crowd crucifixion cultivate the soil daughter death debt delaney deuteronomy 31:6 devotional devotion disagreement discernment do not fear doers don't panic don\'t panic do early church easter sunday easter elderly empathy encouragement end times endurance ephesians 3:14-23 ephesians5:21 eternal impact eternal king eternal life eternal security eternity etris exhausted extended family face to face faithful in the small things faithfulness faith family famous last words father fear less series fear less fearless fear foretold forgiveness forgiven forgive forgiving forsaken foundation four tips free from sin freedom freely given free friendships friendship friends friend garden of gethsemane generosity generous get ready getting along gibson gifts give thanks gloria good enough good friday good works gospel government grace and truth grace hill grace grateful gratitude great commission greed grief grieve with others groups hard heart haring he has come he will be called heart heaven hell helping hill holy monday holy saturday holy tuesday holy wednesday holy week homecoming hondruas honduras hope huggins husband i do but do i ian young ian identity of God identity immovable in all things in christ inspired intimacy invitation israel jamie huggins jamie jill wargo jill john 8:1-11 john 8:10-11 john josh rhodes josh joy judas judgemental judgement judge katie lemley katie key relationships kim sheets kim kingdom of heaven king kinsman redeemer know the truth la ceiba lamb of God lane last supper legacy lemley life light of the world light listening live generously living intentionally living water logos love one another love loyalty luke 10:42 luke 23:34 made new manna marriage matters marriage martha matthew 22:37-39 matthew 23:24 matthew 6:3-4 maundy thursday mediator melissa parker melissa mercy michelle lemley michelle trimmer michelle michels mikvah mission trip missions money morality moses neighbor new family new year new o holy night ourselves overcome evil with good palm sunday parables parable parenting parents parent parker passover lamb passover path of life peacemaker peace people of god people perfecter perfector perserverance perseverance persistence philippians 4:6-7 philippians pioneer point of church point possessions power of the past pray like paul prayer life prayer plan prayer pray prepare promises of God provision psalm 139 purpose quality time race read reconciliation recreated redeemed redeemer redemption rejoice relationship with God relationships relationship relative truth religion religious leaders remember response resurrection retaliation return revenge rhodes riches roger sealey roger role model romans 12:12 romans 12:15 romans rules sacrifice salvation sealey second coming secure seek the truth selfish selflessness selfless separation sermon on the mount serve Jesus serve others serve serving others serving set free shame share the gospel share the truth sharing the good news sheep and goats sheets signs sing sin social media soft heart sower speaking the truth speak spiritual gifts spiritual leaders spiritual relationships spring cleaning stand firm stillness still strained straining out gnats and swallowing camels strength submit substitutionary atonement support surrender take time talents tender heart thankfulness thanksgiving thanks the dishonest manager the good samaritan the lost coin the lost sheep the lost son the parables of jesus the persistent widow the plot the point of church the primary purpose of the church the prodigal son the purpose of the church the rich fool the sheep and goats the sower the talents the ten virgins the two foundations the wedding banquet the word of God the word through thick and thin throught thick and thin tim haring tim transformation treasure tribulation triggered trimmer trustworthy truth about people truth is truth matters truthiness truth two foundations two lies and the truth ukraine unbelievers uncertainty unclean victorious victory volunteer wargo wealth wedding feast weep what's the point? what\'s the point? what\\\'s the point? what\\\\\\\'s the point? what\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s the point? whats the point whatsthepoint when we pray who am i who i am who we are wife works of God work worry wronged you are forgiven young