Prayer for Young Athletes

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Heavenly Father, 
Be with my young athletes as they test their physical skills.  
Let them play well, but fairly
Let competition make them strong, but never hostile
Grant them the strength to go up strong against their opponent 
and lead them to always help the opponent up 
Grant them moments to rejoice, but not in the adversity of others
Help them stay safe from injury, both physically and emotionally
Help them to learn something that matters once the game is over
Help them to remember that sports are “just games”
If they know victory, allow them to rejoice
If they are denied, keep them from envy
If through athletics, they set an example, let it be a good one
In the name of Christ, your son, 
Amen