Prayer For Athletes

Heavenly Father, we thank you for this day, for these two teams, for the chance to study, to understand the world around us a little better, for the health to be here, for the thrill of a sporting event and for individuals leaning to play as a team. Grant that we not take days like this for granted. Give us the grace to play our best, to be a good sport, win or lose, and to honor you with our efforts. Amen.

Father in Heaven, we ask Your blessing on the game we are about to play. Give each one of us the courage to play the game in a manner, which by our words and our actions, is pleasing to you. Let us enter into the competition in a spirit of sportsmanship and with respect for members of the opposing team. We ask you, Father, to bless each one of us and especially the coaches, officials and players. Keep us under the protection of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Help us to be aware of his presence with us in the game. Amen.

Dear Jesus, though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear. Though war may rise against me,in this I will be confident. For in the time of trouble, he shall hide me in his pavilion, in the secret place of his tabernacle he shall hide me, he shall set me high upon a rock. I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. I will wait on the Lord and be of good courage. I know you will strengthen my heart. Amen.

Lord Jesus, you tell us that whenever two or more are gathered in your name, you are present in their midst. And so we are confident that as we lift up our thoughts to you, you are indeed with us. Help all we do with this event to reflect your presence among us and within us. May all our actions give glory to your name and promote peace and love to the world. We pray this in your most holy name. Amen.

Protecting God, as we enter into this competition, we pray for our protection and for the protection of those with whom we will compete. Help us to play with all our strength and with the spirit of good sportsmanship. Help us to remember that we are all your children, no matter what uniform we wear. When we look back on this competition, let us see that we committed ourselves fully to the game and emerged with dignity and respect for our competition. Amen

Powerful Father, you told me that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize. You told me to run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last. I do it to get a crown that will last forever. Thank you for giving me your word. Amen.

Lord God, our Heavenly Father, we thank you for this opportunity to gather together this afternoon/evening in competition. We ask that all of those involved today/tonight may conduct themselves in a God-pleasing manner and show good sportsmanship despite the outcome. Lord, we thank you for the gifts and abilities you have blessed these athletes with, and we pray that they may use them to glorify you. We ask that all involved in today's/tonight's game may be kept free from injuries and that you will be with us as we leave this place today/tonight. All this we pray in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Lord Jesus, we welcome your presence here among us and In our community of (Insert School/League Name). Today, we gather together to represent our School/Church. Share with us your Spirit of peace and love for one another. Bless us with a team spirit of goodwill, both for ourselves and for the team we face in the game. Help us to be the best we can possibly be, striving to play fairly and to play well. We ask this in your name, Lord Jesus. Amen.