Prayers of Athletes Before a Game

Prayer for Team Protection:

Isaiah 40:31 “But those who trust the Lord will find new strength. They will be strong like eagles soaring upward on wings; they will walk and run without getting tired.”

Today is game day. Lord, I praise you for the skills and talents you have given me. I praise you for the joy that comes from activities provided to me. May my passion for this sport never be more than the passion I have for you. Today, give me wisdom to compete successfully. The coaches have trained me—please help me put those skills into practice as I enter the game. I pray my coaches have wisdom and knowledge to call the right plays. Give them patience as they lead our team, knowing the other players have been well coached also.

Father, please protect our team as we travel to the game site. Protect any friends, families, and fans traveling too. Put your angels around the players on both teams during the game. Guard us against any injuries that could happen. Give us the courage to play to the best of our ability.

Matthew 5:26 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” May we all have the spirit of sportsmanship, letting our light shine before all. Many times tempers will flare. Guard us against such even if we disagree with a referee’s call or if we are frustrated in the way the game is going. Remind me it is just a game, and we all want to win. Guard our tongue against voicing frustration. Let our tongue build each other up. I pray our fans exhibit the same sportsmanship.

Lord, I also pray for the referees. Thank you for their time. Remove all prejudices in their heart so that they are able to see all plays in a fair manner. Give them the wisdom needed to fairly follow the rules of the game to benefit both teams.

No matter the outcome, give the players, coaches, and fans grace to support the outcome. May our behavior be pleasing to you.

Praying with strength to our Savior, Amen

Prayer for Good Field Conditions:

Psalms 91:1-2 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Lord, as I prepare for our next game, I want to focus on the field we will be playing on. I know you are concerned about all aspects of our lives so I boldly come to you with this request. You know all and know the condition of the field is important to the players’ health. I pray no players are injured during a game, especially due to poor field conditions.

I come before you today to ask for your blessings on the field where the game will be played. I pray that the conditions would be safe and conducive for the players to give their best performance. I ask that the rain would hold off, the winds would be calm and the ground would be dry. I pray for the safety of all the players, coaches and officials. Help us to remember that this game is not just about winning but about sportsmanship, teamwork and having fun. I ask for your continued guidance and protection throughout the game. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

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