25 Inspirational Prayers and Bible Verses for Athletes

Being the best person you can be does not go without its setbacks. These inspirational prayers and bible verses for athletes serve as the perfect source of inspiration to the types of things you can speak to the Lord about.

Prayer #1

Thanks God, for giving me life; and talents for my participation in sports. Help me to play well, to use my powers to the full, to see them as gifts from you. Be with me when I need to play hurt, when I have to deal with the pain of injury, disappointment, loss.

Most of all, help me never to quit in my efforts to be open to you. For I believe your full coming into my life is the way to real life, in all I do; I believe it is the way of my becoming the truly human person you destined me to be. Amen.

Prayer #2

Help me to play the game, dear Lord, with all my might and main;
Grant me the courage born of right, a heart to stand the strain…

Send me a sense of humor, Lord, to laugh when victory’s mine;
To laugh, if I should meet defeat, without a fret or whine…

Give me the grace to follow rules, to ‘fess up when I’m wrong,
When silence or some other thing wins plaudits from the throng…

When foes are tough and fighting fierce and I am getting weak,
Dear God, don’t ever let me show a broad, bright, yellow streak.

And teach me, Lord, life’s game to play just one day at a time.
With Thee as coach and trainer, Lord, real victory must be mine.

Prayer #3

All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.

Prayer #4

God, let me play well but fairly.
Let competition make me strong but never hostile.
Forbid me to rejoice in the adversity of others.
See me not when I am cheered, but when I bend to help my opponent up.
If I know victory, allow me to be happy;
if I am denied, keep me from envy.
Remind me that sports are just games.
Help me to learn something that matters once the game is over.
And if through athletics I set an example, let it be a good one.

Prayer #5

I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you… No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.

Prayer #6

God our Father, help us to put forth our best effort, to represent our school with
class, to respect our opponents, and to grow as disciples of your Son, Jesus.
Keep us safe from injury and harm through the intercession of Our Lady, the mother
of your Son and our mother, too. We ask this through Christ, our Lord.

Prayer #7

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

Prayer #8

It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great. You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.

Prayer #9

Dear Lord,
You have blessed us with many gifts and talents.
We thank you especially for the ability to participate in sports today.
Help us to play in a Christ-like manner.
Help us to play in a way that fosters good will and teamwork.
Help us to play to the best of our abilities.
Win or lose, we hope to have fun, make friends and celebrate life.

Prayer #10

All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.

Prayer #11

Dear Lord,
In the struggle that goes on through life
We ask for a field that is fair,
A chance that is equal with all the strife,
The courage to strive and to dare;
And if we should win, let it be by the code,
With our faith and our honor held high;
And if we should lose, let us stand by the road
And cheer as the winners go by.

Prayer #12

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. “Nor do men light a lamp, and put it under the peck-measure, but on the lampstand; and it gives light to all who are in the house. “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Prayer #13

Please bless today’s game, our opponent, our team, and all watching our play.
Thank you for the opportunity to compete and bring out the best in each other. May
we play hard and fair. Please keep everyone safe from
injury and harm. We pray in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
Spirit – Amen.

Prayer #14

Thank you, Lord, for the chance to compete and use our talents through sports.
Remind us that we are called to give our best and to finish the race while caring for
others along the way. We pray in the name of the
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit – Amen.

Prayer #15

He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might, He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly, Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.

Prayer #16

God our Father,
You have created us
to strive for the best.
Grant to all athletes, coaches, and fans,
strength to pursue excellence
during this event.
We pray for the safety of these athletes;
Protect them from injury and harm.
And finally, we pray for your grace,
that you would provide us
with the endurance to pursue our heavenly prize:
eternal life in Your Son.

Prayer #17

If anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.

Prayer #18

Heavenly Father,
We thank you for this day, for these two teams,
For the chance to study,
To understand the world around us a little better,
For the health to be here,
For the thrill of a sporting event,
And for individuals leaning to play as a team.
Grant that we not take days like this for granted.
Give us the grace to play our best, to be a good sport,
Win or lose, and to honor You with our efforts.

Prayer #19

Father in Heaven,
We ask Your blessing on the game we are about to play.
Give each one of us the courage to play the game in a manner, which by our words
and our actions, is pleasing to You.
Let us enter into the competition in a spirit of
And with respect for members of the opposing team.
We ask you Father, to bless each one of us
And especially the coaches, officials and players.
Keep us under the protection of Your Son, Jesus Christ,
And help us to be aware of His presence with us in the game.

Prayer #20

Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion; in the secret place of his tabernacle he shall hide me; he shall set me high upon a rock. I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!

Prayer #21

Lord Jesus,
You tell us that whenever two or more are gathered
In Your name, You are present in their midst.
And so we are confident that as we lift up our thoughts to You, You are indeed with
Help all we do with this event to reflect Your presence among us and within us.
May all our actions give glory to Your name and promote peace and love to the
We pray this in Your most holy name.

Prayer #22

Protecting God,
As we enter into this competition, we pray for our protection and for the protection
of those with whom we will compete.
Help us to play with all our strength and with the spirit of good sportsmanship.
Help us to remember that we are all Your children, no matter what uniform we wear.
When we look back on this competition, let us see that we committed ourselves
fully to the game and emerged with dignity and respect for our competition.

Prayer #23

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

Prayer #24

Lord God, our Heavenly Father, we thank you for this opportunity to gather together
this afternoon/evening in competition. We ask that all of those involved today/
tonight may conduct themselves in a God-pleasing manner and show good
sportsmanship despite the outcome.
Lord, we thank you for the gifts and abilities you have blessed these athletes with,
and we pray that they may use them to glorify You.
We ask that all involved in today’s/tonight’s game may be kept free from injuries
and that You will be with us as we leave this place today/tonight.
All this we pray in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayer #25

Lord Jesus,
We welcome Your presence here among us and
In our community of (Insert School/League Name).
Today, we gather together to represent our School/Church.
Share with us Your Spirit of peace and love for one another.
Bless us with a team spirit of good will, both for
And the team we face in the game.
Help us to be the best we can possibly be,
To strive to play fairly and well.
We ask this in Your name, Lord Jesus.

Check out this great video from Pastor Rick Warren on how to fight discouragement and finish your goals.

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