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Before a Sports Event

Father, I thank you that you care about all the details of my life., even this sports event. Your word says that I am strong and can do all things because I have Jesus in my heart. I believe that You will guide my performance.

I have practiced diligently, and You have sais that the hand of the diligent shall rule. I will run this race and play the game in such a way that I might win. In Philippians 3:14 the Apostle Paul said, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God… in like manner I strive to win, to do my best, and to compete according to the rules in integrity and purity of heart. I will compete with all my strength and might, because I play for Your Glory.

Father, I ask for Your wisdom for Your Word says that wisdom is better than strength. Help me to compete skillfully and confidently. I believe I have the mind of Christ. Though others may look to their superior abilities,  their wealth of experience, I look to and trust in You.

I pray for my teammates. I ask that You help us play together as a team, that each one of us will contribute our individual strengths and cover one another’s  weaknesses. Grant our coach wisdom to make the right call at the right time. Help him/her coach effectively, inspiring us to play harder, edifying us, and building character in us.,

Father, build in me the character of a godly competitor – that under pressure I may walk in peace, maintaining poise. When I am tempted to become discouraged and give up, I will continue empowered by Your strength. When faced with overwhelming odds. I will not waver in unbelief, but will walk securely because I know that nothing is impossible with You.

I will not murmur, complain, gossip, or get offended at the officials, coaches, opposing team, or at my own team if something happens that I don’t like.

When graced with victory, I will not become prideful, because pride goes before a fall, but will gratefully give You all the Glory. If we should lose, I will resist the temptation to become discouraged, because I know that You always cause us to triumph in Christ Jesus, and that we are always winners through Him.

Father, thank You that both teams can play free of injury. I pray that this will be a fair game and a just game. Thank you that the officials will be fair and impartial and will keep all things decent and in order.

Thank You that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. No matter what the results of this game, I will exercise the fruit of the Spirit and be a gracious athlete.

In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

(Psalm 91:11,12; Proverbs 4:12; Proverbs 12:24; Ecclesiastes 9:10,16; Isaiah 40:31; Joel 3:10; Luke 1:37; John 6:43; Romans 4:20; 1 Corinthians 2:16; 1 Corinthians 10:31; 2 Corinthians 2:14; Galatians 5:22,23; Philippians 4:13; Colossians 3:23; James 1:5; 1 Peter 5:7)