Help us to be as single minded and focused as the athlete at the starting line
Help us to persevere like the athlete hitting the final circuit of the track
Help us to find in you the strength we need to reach that winning line
Forgive us when our focus is on others rather than on you and your Kingdom,
when we are too easily diverted from the path you have set before us,
and when we trust in our own strength rather than the power and strength of your Spirit
Fill us now with your Holy Spirit and empower us to serve you;
And help us to run the race for your glory alone.
Send us out that we might see your Kingdom come and lives transformed.
In the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.