I need your help. In some ways I hope this helps us both. You see, I’ve got this little race run on the calendar on Sunday, August 24th. Somehow I let my friend talk me out of running retirement to join him for a quarter marathon. Thanks to a host of physical issues and limitations, running is no joy for me. I honestly hate it. I get caught up in comparing what I could once do with what I can no longer do and I get incredibly frustrated. I’m what you would call a wee bit “competitive.”

As I was out trying to get ready for this upcoming race run, it hit me that I needed to take the focus off of myself. I needed to focus on something else.

So I prayed for someone else.

That is when it hit me. Running is a discipline. Running breaks you down and leaves you vulnerable. What a better time to pray than when you aren’t in your own way? That was a part of this plan. That’s when the next thing hit me…

When it comes to prayers prayed vs. prayers promised, I am “that guy.”

I need to develop the discipline of regularly praying for not only those I say I will pray for, but others that come to mind as well. So an idea has been hatched. I’m calling it my “Two One Six” plan for race day and I need your help.

Two minutes of prayer for..

One Person while I run…

Six Point five miles.

The way I see it, I can pray for at least 30 people over the course of that race run. I plan to literally write your names on my arm and every 2 minutes begin praying for the next name.

Any prayer

Any person.

So I need your help. I need names and requests. You can either leave them in the comments or email them to me at

Let’s do this….