7 Prayers to Say Before a Football Game

Whether you’re praying in front of a big crowd or a small group of people you know, it can be tough to come up with prayers before a game. We’ve put together a few prayer ideas for you to pray before a high school football game.

Isaiah 40:29-31 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even the youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on the wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.

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Dear Lord,

We thank for the opportunity to come together tonight for this football game. For the freedom to play and compete, for the camaraderie and sportsmanship, we are truly grateful.

As we embark on another season, we ask for Your protection. Keep our players safe from injury, and help us to remember that it’s just a game. May the outcome be decided by skill and not by chance.

Help us to show good sportsmanship, whether we win or lose. Teach us to be humble in victory and gracious in defeat. May the spirit of competition remain strong but never turn sour.

Above all, may this season be a time of fun and enjoyment for all those involved. In Your name we pray, Amen.

2

Heavenly Father,

We thank you for the gift of football. We thank you for the opportunity to come together and compete in this great game. We ask for your protection as we play. Keep us safe from injury and help us to avoid any unnecessary risks.

We also ask for your help in maintaining good sportsmanship. Let us remember that we are all here to have fun and that no one game is more important than the relationships we build with each other. Help us to be gracious in victory and humble in defeat.

Finally, we ask for your blessing on all those who love this game, whether they are players, coaches, or fans. May football always bring us joy and may we always remember to give you the glory in both our wins and our losses!

In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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3

Dear Jesus, we come before you today to ask for Your protection and guidance as we step out onto the field. We pray for Your hand of safety to be over each and every one of us, that no player will be injured during the course of the game. We also pray for good sportsmanship among all those involved, that the game will be played fair and with respect for all. And finally, we pray that America will continue to be blessed, that this great nation will always stand strong. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

4

We come before you today, Lord, to ask for your blessing on this football game tonight.

We thank you for the freedom to play. We thank you for the opportunity to compete and to show our skills. We pray that we will remember that it is only a game and that everyone is a winner when we play fair and have fun.

We pray for protection from injury. We know that accidents can happen, but we pray that no one will be seriously hurt during this game. We also pray that players will be alert and aware of their surroundings so that they can avoid potential injuries.

We pray for good sportsmanship. We pray that players will treat each other with respect and dignity on and off the field. We also pray that fans will be supportive of both teams and display good sportsmanship throughout the game.

Finally, we pray for the joy of the game. We pray that players will remember why they love football and have fun playing this great game.

It’s in Jesus name we pray! Amen.

5

Thank you Lord for the chance to gather together on this beautiful evening. We are thankful for the opportunity that we all have to participate in this football game, and we ask that you please protect all of the players, coaches and cheerleaders throughout the game.

Help us all to be good sports and to honor you through our play and actions tonight. In Jesus’ name we pray! Amen.

6

Lord, we come to You today asking for Your blessing on this game. We pray for good sportsmanship from both teams, and that the players will represent You well on and off the field. We thank you for the beautiful weather you’ve blessed us with tonight and also pray that the players will stay safe and free from injury. Finally, we pray that everyone involved will have fun and enjoy the game. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Heavenly Father, we thank you for the gift of football. We praise you for the skills and talents of the players. We ask that you would protect them as they compete. Watch over them and keep them safe from harm.

We also pray for the coaches. Give them wisdom as they lead their teams. Help them to instill in their players a love of the game and a desire to play fair.

Finally, we pray for the fans. May we enjoy the game and support our team with grace, regardless of the outcome.

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