Prayer Before Facing a Race

A contemporary prayer for someone preparing for a race or marathon

Dear God,

As I stand here, at the foot of Mt. Sinai,

I am filled with gratitude,

For You, who has given me life

For my family, who sustains me with their love

For my community, who support me with their warm embrace

For the strength of my body, which I have cared for and prepared to greet this day

For the capacity of my mind, to allow me to reach beyond what I thought possible

For the courage of my soul, to conquer my fears and pursue my dreams

For the spirit You have placed in me that will allow me to prevail.

I humbly ask of You…

Remove all obstacles from before me

Help me to run swiftly and without impediment

Grant me the courage to persevere in moments of weakness

To see and do acts of loving kindness along the way

And that through this endeavor, I may glorify your Great Name.

As it says in Isaiah 40:31, “…For those who hope in God will renew their strength. They shall soar on wings like eagles; they shall run and not grow weary.”


Yihi ratzon milifanecha Adonai eloheinu v’elohei avoteinu v’emoteinu,


sh’tichadash et gufi, nafshi v’ruchi b’chol yom vayom, v’nomar Amen.

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