living prayers - contemporary prayers for today

contemporary prayers for today

athlete's prayers

two athletes training
Featured on this page are a number of modern prayers suitable for athletes and sports men and women to pray before an event. Some of these are also suitable to pray as a team together (e.g. for a baseball or football team), and there is also a prayer for a coach or supporters to say as a blessing over their players. In addition, there are two short sport prayers suitable for printing out on a card before a competition or game for carrying or memorizing, and the prayer of Jabez for God's favour, protection and success.

Athlete's prayer before a game

Dear God,

May everything I am be a prayer to you. May I race with strength, courage and endurance and fulfil my potential today.


"Dear God, may everything I am be a prayer to you"

Quote from Phil 4:6-7 on the peace of God

athlete's prayer before an event

Dear Father,

May I compete with your love shining in my heart. May I push myself to be the best. I believe I can with your wisdom in my mind. May I have the strength, endurance and skills I need to be the athlete I know I can be. I worship you, I surrender to you.

Lord, all that I do today is for you and your glory.


Athlete's team prayer before a game of sport

(a prayer suitable for a team to pray before a sports game such as baseball, softball or basketball).

Dear Lord God,

Thank you for all the gifts you have given us. Help us to enter into this event with love, wisdom and strength in our hearts. We pray that we would look to you in awe and worship. May we put into practice all that we have learnt in our training, and bring to mind all the skills and planning from our preparation times. May each of us be aware of your goodness in our lives, and may this goodness pour out of us as a witness to your endless grace. You Lord are our inspiration, our teacher and our protector.

Our trust is in you today and always.


Coaches prayer for a sports team

Our Father in heaven,

Thank you for the privilege of training this team. I thank you for each player and all the great talents you have given them. Watch over them now as they compete today. Protect them from injury and fill them with strength and courage as they give of their best.


Short athlete's prayers suitable for card or memorizing

Dear Lord,

I ask for your strength, your protection and your everlasting love to be with me today.


quotes from the bible

The Prayer of Jabez
an ancient prayer from the bible for protection, guidance and blessing

Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, "Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory!
Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain."
And God granted his request.

(1 Chronicles 4:10, NIV)

"Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."

(Phil 3:13-15, NIV)

"but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint."

(Isaiah 40:31, NIV)


further reading

arrow rightfootball prayers
featuring prayers for football games (one for footballers to prayer before playing, and another short prayer of protection for the coach to pray.)

arrow rightprayers for dancers
a contemporary prayer asking for closeness with God whilst dancing, that dance might be praise and prayer to Him.

arrow rightprayer for students
with a simple prayer for a student whilst away studying at university or college.

arrow rightprayers for strength
featuring Christian prayers for strength, peace & guidance, with a prayer for strength at work.