Whether you play football or coach it, getting to play the game you love is a blessing, and every time you step on the field is a gift from God. Here are 10 powerful prayers for football players. Along with the prayers are printable images for you to use or share.
Player’s Prayer of Thanksgiving for Football
Dear Lord, I know that all things are from You and through You and for You. I know all things from You are to be received with a glad and thankful heart. Football is no exception, and so I thank You, Lord, for this good game which gives me the chance to run and sweat and work. I thank You that it teaches me how to work toward something beyond myself and how to be a trustworthy teammate. Lord, I praise You for the gift of football. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
Coach’s Prayer for Players
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for each and every player on this team. Thank You for the gifts that You have given them. I pray that they would exercise those gifts today with great skill. Give them speed, smarts, and above all, safety. Keep each and every one of them from injury. Thank You, Lord, that they get to play this game today. Amen.
Player’s Prayer for Protection
Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that today You would keep me and everyone on this field safe from harm or injury. I have come here to glorify You by playing for You. As I run and tackle and block, keep me from losing my temper. Help my opponents to stop when the whistle blows. Lord, I pray for a fair game. I pray against broken legs and torn ligaments. Keep me safe and secure in the palm of Your hand. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
Coach’s Prayer for Patience
Dear Lord, I pray that You would be with me today as I coach this game. Help me to remain patient. I pray that when a player misses a block or tackle, runs the wrong route, or the referee makes a call I disagree with, that I would keep my cool and handle each situation with calmness and grace. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
Player’s Prayer for Unity
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for my teammates. My brothers and I pray that in the heat of the game we would have each others’ backs and that we would not come down hard on one another. If one of us misses a blocking assignment or fumbles the football or throws an interception, Lord, give us grace to encourage our teammate and to lift him up. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
Coach’s Prayer for Wisdom
Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that You would give me the wisdom today as I call the plays in this game. Give me the wisdom to call the right plays at the right time and help me not to second-guess myself. I thank You, Lord, that You have been with us as we have prepared for this game. I pray that I would approach it with wisdom now. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
Player’s Prayer for Strength
Dear Heavenly Father, I have worked hard for this game and spent hours in the gym preparing. Send power through my muscles as I run, block, and tackle. Send power through my teammates as well. Help us all to be able to take a hit and give one back. Make our bodies tough and solid. Give us the strength we need in this game. Amen.
Coach’s Prayer for Endurance
Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that as I coach this game and teach these boys about teamwork and unity, that You will give me endurance. When I feel like giving up and giving in, give me the grit I need to carry on. Help me to be a good example to the players and help me to praise Your name. Help me rely on You all along the way. Amen.
Player’s Prayer for Humility
Dear Lord, I know that only one team can win this game today. I pray that if we win, You give me the humility to celebrate our victory graciously. Keep me from conceit and boasting. And if we lose, I pray, Lord, that You would give me the humility to keep my head up and not sulk. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
Coach’s Prayer for Your Glory
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for the good gift of football. I pray that my coaching, the players playing, the referees officiating, and even the fans cheering, would all be pleasing in Your sight. I can do nothing without You, Lord, and that includes coaching a football team. I pray that You would be with me and that this game would be played for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.