Back when I was in school, I never attended a game that didn’t begin with a word of prayer and the playing of the National Anthem. Football games, track meets, tennis matches, basketball, soccer, or swimming — they paused for a moment before every sporting event to ask for God’s blessing and protection upon the players and spectators alike.
Sadly, those formalities have now largely fallen by the wayside. But even if the announcer no longer leads them crowd in prayer, they can’t stop us from praying in our hearts. And this free printable sports prayer guide is a great place to start:
A Prayer for God’s Blessing on Sporting Events
LORD, we pray that You would graciously help these athletes…
Thank you for the healthy bodies you’ve given these players, O God. Protect and preserve them from illness and injury. We pray you would keep them strong, fit, & well-hydrated.
(3 John 1:2; Psalm 37:23-24)
Respect the rules
Remind these athletes of the importance of honesty and fair play. Cultivate personal integrity & help them perform in a way that brings glory and honor to You.
(Proverbs 10:9; 11:1-3; 20:23; 1 Corinthians 10:31 )
LORD, teach these athletes to encourage one another and to value the contribution of their fellow athletes. May they resist the urge to hog the limelight. Remind them to work as a team.
(1 Corinthians 12:14-17)
Win or lose, help these athletes do it with grace and humility. May they be quick to share the credit and slow to make excuses or cast blame. Teach them to be good sports.
And that’s it. It’s pretty easy to remember, don’t you think? S – P – O – R – T – S: stay safe – practice patience – overcome obstacles – respect the rules – take turns – show sportsmanship.
For a free printable version of this sports prayer guide, just click on the image below: