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Featured on this page are four inspiring prayers for team games and athletic events, with a short sports prayer, a prayer for a coach to pray for their team, the famous "Serenity Prayer", and a prayer for athletes before a competition. There are also three uplifting bible verses to encourage you as you give of your best in the event.

Short Sports Prayer

(suitable to pray before a sports event)

Dear God,

Thank you for the joy of sports, for the challenge of becoming stronger and fitter.
Please help me to embrace this event, and to release all the training, commitment and skills that I have. Lord, you are my inspiration and companion, and I worship you.


Prayer for coaches
(a prayer for before an event or competition)

Lord, thank you for the privilege of coaching this team and seeing them grow in their skills, confidence and potential. I ask for your guiding love, hope and strength to be with each of them. May they give of their best, compete as one and succeed in every way. We ask for your blessing to rest on our team now.


The Serenity Prayer

The words to the Serenity Prayer

Athlete's team prayer before a game of sport

(a team prayer for before a sports game such as football or baseball).

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.


"May they give of their best"

bible quotes for sport

"...I am bringing all my energies to bear on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God is calling us up to heaven because of what Christ Jesus did for us."

(Philippians 3:13-15, TLB)

"I can do all this through him who gives me strength."

(Philippians 4:13, 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)