An Athlete's Prayer


Dear God,

Today is game day and I place myself in your loving hands. Help me to be a good sport. I pray that I do not seek individual glory or accolades, but rather that I play for your glory and for the good of my team. I pray that all who play this game today are protected from physical harm.

And, my Lord, help me to accept the bad breaks as part of the game. I pray that I play to the best of my ability and to give honor to you by accepting my position and my place in the lineup.

Loving God, I pray for those who watch from the stands that they, too, give glory to you by accepting, without prejudice, the rules and decisions of the game today. May their hearts be filled with joy and gladness that you have given them the ultimate gifts they watch this day: the players.

Dear God, I pray for the coaches and referees that they too experience your loving guidance in the decisions they make today. For those who work behind the scenes to make this day enjoyable and for the founders and supporters of (Insert School/ League name).

Finally, I pray to you, Loving God, that you enjoy this game today and bestow on each of us wisdom and acceptance—no matter the outcome of the final score. With you in our hearts, we are all winners.

Amen.

Linda Fleshman, Parent Fort Worth Christian Football League Forth Worth, TX

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