Lord Jesus, when I come to You in prayer, pleading because the time seems long, please be with me for the distance, and help me bear the pace. When I am burdened or suffering and need to lean on You, if not strength, then in my weakness, give me humility and grace. When I fail to understand obstacles appearing in my way, help me not to miss the markers leading to a better place. When I feel weary from trying, becoming discouraged or afraid, inspire me, guide me, and hold me in Your loving embrace. Amen.