Father, because I love Your commands more than worldly pleasures or temporal possessions I despise the paths that lead me astray like a lost sheep. I am strengthened in knowing that I don’t walk alone, but hand in hand with You as my Guide. Through eyes of faith I see a great cloud of witnesses, those spoken of in the Bible, those from previous generations and those I’ve known in my lifetime, who’ve already finished the race cheering me on as I persevere on this path of righteousness. May I willingly endure any hardship that is required of me as it disciplines and affirms my commitment to walking in Your ways. I want to wholeheartedly seek You above everything else, for You are a Rewarder of those who diligently seek You and walk in Your paths of righteousness. Amen.