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The Beatitudes: A Prayer for Athletes

The Beatitudes are the teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-10). Jesus teaches us that if we live according to the Beatitudes, we will live a happy Christian life. The Beatitudes fulfill God’s promises made to Abraham and his descendants and describe the rewards that will be ours as loyal followers of Christ.

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the clean in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus, you gave us the Beatitudes and commandments so that me might understand how you call us to live, speak and act. Bless our team and help us all to consider these beatitudes in our hearts, that they might affect how we act in practices and games. May we always understand our true reward is not in winning games or earning trophies, but in the heavenly kingdom. Grant us a fun practice today and help us to perform to the best of our ability. Amen.

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