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The Runner’s Prayer – adapted from the Lord’s Prayer!

Abel Kirui praying

As some of you know, who’ve been following my blog for a while, I am a Christian, and while this blog is essentially to chart my running and cycling journey through life, I do like to talk about my faith now and again. Last night, while I was thinking of all sorts of other things, it struck me that it might be pretty cool to share the Lord’s prayer with my blog followers, and lighten the blog post by posting my running version of the prayer too, as a bit of fun.

Here is the Lord’s Prayer first:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

This is how Jesus taught his disciples to pray. It is worth your time studying it, as it covers all the bases in terms of prayer: being reverential to God, seeking His will to be done, asking for his help and protection in our daily lives, and being humble in His presence. It is profound and something that I feel that I should study and pray more often.

If you scrolled straight to this point, then I hope you will still go back and read the Lord’s Prayer, perhaps in a quieter time when you have chance to re-read and reflect upon it.

But, without further ado, here’s my…

Runner’s Prayer:

Dear Lord,
Thank you for our running shoes,
which art consigned to the outhouse because they smell,
help me to run fast in them I pray,
thy half marathon entered,
a new PB will be fantastic,
on tarmac, as it would be on trails.
Give us this day our protein shake and bananas.
And forgive us our missed hill or interval sessions,
as we forgive dog walkers
who can’t control their yelping hounds
And lead us not into bad form,
but help us attend parkrun regularly and deliver us from gimmicks and clever marketing.
For running is the passion,
the release and one of the ways in which we can put our lives in context,
help me stay injury free forever and ever. Amen.

What do you think of my Runner’s version of the Lord’s Prayer? If you like it, comment below!

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