Being the best person you can be is not without its setbacks. These inspirational prayers and bible verses for athletes serve as the perfect source of inspiration for the kinds of things you can talk to the lord about.
prayer before the hard game heavenly father, you promised that you would not abandon me. Today I have a very difficult game and I’m nervous. our opponents are very good and we need to win this game. help the team work well and communicate with each other. help us to hit the target and not make mistakes. calm or minds so we can think clearly and play our best. amen.
Reading: Inspirational prayers for athletes
prayer before any game our father god, help us to give our best, to represent our school with class, to respect our opponents, and to grow as disciples of your son jesus . keep us safe from injury and harm. help us to behave as you would, with grace and kindness. We ask this through Christ our Lord. amen.
prayer for help through injury dear god, thank you for giving me life and my athletic abilities. help me to play well, to use my talents to the fullest. help me to use them as gifts from you. being with me when I need to play hurt, when I have to deal with the pain of injury, disappointment or loss. Above all, help me to never give up my efforts to be open to you. because I believe that your full arrival in my life is the way to real life, in everything I do. I think it’s the way to become the truly human person you intended me to be. amen.
prayer for the crowd sweet and loving lord, today I am on my knees before you, asking for your protection over all who come to watch my game. please keep them safe on their way to my game, during my game and on their way home after the game. protect them from injury, illness or damage of any kind. In your name I pray. amen.
prayer for sportsmanship almighty lord, help me to play the game with all my energy and strength. help me keep my sense of humor during the stress of the game and the grace to follow the rules. calm my temper to treat everyone with courtesy. fill me with stamina to keep going with all my energy until the end of the game. amen.
prayer of thanks for great talent lord, my savior, it is you who arms me with strength and makes my path perfect. you make my feet like the feet of a deer. You allow me to be on high. You train my hands for battle. my arms can bend a bronze bow. You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand upholds me. You lower yourself to make me great. You widen the path under me, so my ankles don’t twist. thank you for everything you have given me. amen.
prayer for training omniscient savior, training and rigor is not fun. It’s hard and I’m not enjoying it. help me to realize that training will bear abundant fruit. strengthen my weak hands and weak knees. straighten my path and give me the perseverance and grace to complete my training with all my effort and with a good attitude. amen.
prayer for competition god, let me play well, but fair. that the competition makes me strong, but never hostile. it forbids me to rejoice in the adversity of others. don’t see me when they cheer me, but when I bend down to help my opponent up. if I know victory, let me be happy. If I lose, save me from envy. remind me that sports are just games. help me learn something important once i finish the game. and above all, help me to be a good example for other athletes. amen.
prayer for the team dear sir, you have blessed our team with many gifts and talents. We especially thank you for the ability to participate in sports today together, as a team. help us all to play like christ. help us play in a way that fosters goodwill, teamwork, and creates great memories for us to treasure for the rest of our lives. help us play the best we can. win or lose, we hope to have fun, make friends and celebrate life. amen.
prayer for the health of the players jesus, in our next game, we ask your protection over all of us, on our team and on the opposing team, so that no one is injured during the game. wrap us in your wings so that we can all enjoy an enjoyable game that is safe and responsible. help us to follow the rules and not be tempted to do things that may end up causing harm to others in our effort to win the game. amen.
prayer for the referees almighty father, we ask that your wisdom reach the referees for our game, so that they have clarity of thought and discernment when making calls. please help them to judge wisely and fairly so that we can have a fair game, win or lose. strengthen their concentration so they have laser-like focus throughout the game and can see what they need to see. amen.
prayer for my light light of the world, my lord, truly you are the light of the world. Thank you for showing me my ability to play sports. You said that people do not light a lamp and put it under a bowl, but put it on a candlestick where it can give light to everyone in the house. You have let me become a light! You have made my light shine before all! thanks for what you have done for me. keep my light strong and bright. In your holy name, I pray. amen.
prayer to build each other up heavenly father, bless today’s game, our opponents, our team and everyone who watches us play. Thank you for the opportunity to compete and get the best out of each one. Let’s play hard and fair. show us opportunities to build each other up, spiritually, emotionally, and physically. we pray in the name of the father, and of the son, and of the holy spirit. amen.
prayer of thanks for the game loving savior, thank you for the opportunity we have in this nation to compete and use our talents through sports. we know that there are people in that world who cannot compete because of violence, poverty or discrimination. remind us how blessed we truly are. Let’s put it in our hearts to give our best and treat each other with the utmost respect. we pray in the name of the father, and of the son, and of the holy spirit. amen.
prayer to understand winning dear jesus, every good athlete is disciplined in his training. Help me from the heart to fully feel your love and the life you give. make me understand that the prize of winning the game here on earth will vanish, and that the true prize is eternal. help me to run with purpose in every step. strengthen my effort and focus when I train for my sport, and for the race I run for the eternal prize. In your holy name, I pray. amen.
prayer for exhaustion merciful god, you give strength to the weary. to those who lack strength, you increase their power. I am exhausted from training and playing hard. I wait for you, Lord, to give me new strength to run and not get tired. help me train and play, but don’t tire me out. fill my being with your holy power. amen.
prayer of grace god our father, you have created us to fight for the best. Give all athletes, coaches and fans the strength to pursue excellence during this event. We pray for the safety of these athletes. protect them from injury and damage. and finally, we pray for your grace, that you provide us with the endurance to pursue our heavenly prize: eternal life in your son. amen.
prayer to work hard almighty father, you said that if someone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules. the hard-working farmer must be the first to receive a share of the crops. help me to understand and internalize your word, and act according to your will. amen.
prayer of thanks heavenly father, we thank you for this day, for these two teams, for the opportunity to study, to understand a little better the world around us, for the health of being here, for the excitement of a sporting event and for people who are inclined to play as a team. Grant us not to take days like this for granted. Give us the grace to play our best, to be good sportsmen, win or lose, and to honor you with our efforts. amen.
prayer for the awareness of the presence of god father who art in heaven, we ask your blessing for the game that we are about to play. give each of us the courage to play the game in a way that, by our words and our actions, is pleasing to you. Let’s participate in the competition with sportsmanship and with respect for the members of the opposing team. We ask you, father, to bless each one of us and especially the coaches, officials and players. keep us under the protection of your son, jesus christ. help us to be aware of his presence with us in the game. amen.
a prayer of courage dear jesus, even if an army encamps against me, my heart will not fear. Even if war breaks out against me, in this I will be confident. because in the time of trouble he will hide me in his pavilion, in the secret place of his tabernacle he will hide me, he will set me high on a rock. I would have fainted, if I had not believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. I will hope in the Lord and I will be brave. I know you will strengthen my heart. amen.
prayer for jesus to hear us lord jesus, you tell us that every time two or more gather in your name, you are present in their midst. and so we trust that as we raise our thoughts to you, you are certainly with us. help everything we do with this event reflect your presence among us and within us. may all our actions give glory to your name and promote peace and love in the world. We ask this in your most holy name. amen.
prayer to show respect protective god, as we enter this competition, we pray for our protection and for the protection of those with whom we will compete. help us to play with all our strength and with sportsmanship. help us to remember that we are all your children, no matter what uniform we wear. When we look back on this competition, let’s see that we fully committed to the game and came out with dignity and respect for our competition. amen
prayer for eternal prize mighty father, you told me that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize. you told me to run in such a way that he would get the prize. everyone who competes in the games receives strict training. they do it to get a crown that won’t last. I do it to get a crown that will last forever. thank you for giving me your word. amen.
prayer for conduct lord god, our heavenly father, we thank you for this opportunity to meet this afternoon/evening in competition. We ask that everyone involved today/tonight conduct themselves in a godly manner and show good sportsmanship regardless of the outcome. Lord, we thank you for the gifts and abilities you have blessed these athletes with, and we pray that they may use them to glorify you. We ask that everyone involved in tonight’s/tonight’s game stay injury free and be with us when we leave this venue today/tonight. all this we pray in the name of our lord and savior, jesus christ. amen.
prayer of goodwill lord jesus, we welcome your presence here among us and in our community of (insert name of school/league). Today we gather to represent our school/church. share with us your spirit of peace and mutual love. bless us with a team spirit of goodwill, both for ourselves and for the team we face in the game. help us to be the best we can be by striving to play fair and well. We ask this in your name, Lord Jesus. amen.
the best bible verses for athletes
Philippians 2:3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vanity. rather, humbly value others above yourselves.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
1 corinthians 9:25 everyone who competes in the games goes through strict training. they do it to get a crown that won’t last, but we do it to get a crown that lasts forever.
1 samuel 12:24 but be sure to fear the lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; he considers the great things he has done for you.
Psalm 118:13-14 I was pushed back and about to fall, but the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and my shelter; he has become my salvation.
Colossians 4:6 Let your conversation be friendly and engaging so you have the right answer for everyone.
ephesians 4:29 Let no evil word come out of your mouth, but only what is good for edification, according to the need of the moment, so that it may give grace to those who listen.
deuteronomy 31:6 be strong and courageous. do not fear or be frightened because of them, because the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
1 corinthians 10:31 so whether you eat or drink or do anything else, do it all for the glory of god.
proverbs 25:27 It is not good to eat too much honey, nor is it honorable for people to seek their own glory.
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