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football prayers

New York Jet Stadium

On this page there are three short prayers for praying before the football game starts. The first can be prayed individually or by the whole team, and is a prayer for energy, sportsmanship and protection. The second prayer is for strength and courage and is suitable for a football team coach or manager to pray. There is also an inspiring team prayer and some bible quotes to encourage you before your match.

Footballer's Prayer

(a prayer for football players before a game)

Dear God,

Thank you for this new day.
It is such a privilege and a blessing to play football.
Please fill us with energy and passion as we push ourselves to do well.
Help us all to compete with fairness in our hearts and minds and give us the grace to accept success or defeat.
Protect our health and bodies as we challenge, tackle and run today.
Watch over all those present, the spectators young and old, and our nearest and dearest families.
May this game celebrate sport, and be enjoyable for everyone.


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.


Quote from Phil 4:6-7 on the peace of God
(a bible quote from Phil 4:6-7)

Athlete's team prayer before a game of sport

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

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.


"Protect our health, bodies and minds as we challenge, tackle and run today"

bible quotes for sport

"But those who trust the Lord will find new strength. They will be strong like eagles soaring upward on wings; they will walk and run without getting tired."

(Isaiah 40:31, CEV)

"My friends, I don't feel that I have already arrived. But I forget what is behind, and I struggle for what is ahead. I run toward the goal, so that I can win the prize of being called to heaven. This is the prize that God offers because of what Christ Jesus has done."

(Philippians 3:13-15, NLT)


further reading

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featuring prayers for sports events, team games (such as baseball or basketball) and an inspiring coaches prayer.