In a recent Running Times article titled "Making the Pieces Fit", author Krissy Moehl states this: "I often say there isn't a problem a long run can't fix, just sometimes the run has to be longer than others."
Prayer works the same way. There is not a problem prayer can't fix...you just might need to pray longer. Of course, prayers aren't always answered in the manner we anticipate. Sometimes God waits to answer simply because we aren't sincere in our prayers. We are not willing to give up control. We think we need help, but deep down we're not ready for God's will. We want God to help us land the plane, not land the plane for us.
I often tell people that when I'm out on one of my long runs I get closest to God. We converse just like one would with a running partner. In time with a little practice, it is pure dialogue...the purest of dialogues. This is why I prefer to run alone. I like people, I just need those hours with God to fix stuff.
Non-runners don't get it. Try and explain it and all they think about is breathing hard and pain.
I'm glad I have a running community that can say "Yeah, me too."
Run in Peace, Rest in Grace