I successfully completed my first triathlon on Sunday. Yeah! It was actually a short “Adventure Race”: Kayak 2 miles, Bike 20K and Run 5K. My only real goal for this race was to just complete the race without walking. I did much better than that, but I did worry about pacing myself and enduring the entire race. When I ended, I had lots of energy left — darn, I should have pushed harder. 🙂
Below is an example how I might have prayed to God for endurance during such an event in my Christian days. The diagram illustrates one of the many images I had of my relation to the Divine — remember, I have always been a very visual person. In this image, Jesus is seated at the right hand of God and the Holy Spirit helping us communicate . This Session of Christ Model is one of the many models I saw during my Divine communications. I recall often wondering how I was suppose to visualize the communication. In my post Guidance Prayer, I show how our prayers are simply talking to ourselves — literally, to our many selves. But in the diagram I made there, I left out The Holy Spirit — ooops. Sometimes you can’t remember all the correct theology in a prayer. In fact in my post called forgetting about Jesus I tell about realizing that leaving “Jesus” out of my prayers can not be as bad as I imagine. That insight about proper prayer then dramatically accelerated my downward spiritual spiral.
Anyway, without further ado, in this post I am again illustrating this simple phenomena: the actual mechanics of a Christian endurance prayer. Let’s start with how a Christian may view his prayer to God to get endurance during a bike race:
Below is a naturalist’s model of what may actually be happening in a person praying for endurance — various sides of the racer push him to do better. A Christian may hear these voices as being the loving supportive voice of their god.
Hearing God’s voice is easy — especially when you really want to. I am sure there were several Christians in my race who were being encouraged on by their Lord Jesus. Similarly, Lord Krishna may have cheered on some Hindu racers. But for all of us, no matter how we interpreted the voices in our heads, the race was fun and I look forward to another race in four weeks. Hopefully in this next race I won’t daydream about such silly images and instead, run a little harder.