Almost every Christian basketball player will pray before and after their basketball practice or game. Most Christians think you only pray before or after a match, thanking and praising God, whether you won or lost, but you can also pray during your practice. What do you pray for in basketball practice? There are many things you can pray for related to basketball practice. You could pray that everyone will stay safe during practice and that no physical injury will happen. Injuries do not happen only in basketball games, but also in practices. There are also plays, tactics, and skills that basketball teams work on during their practice, so you can pray that you and your team smoothly work through those things.
Here is one sample prayer you can pray before practice:
Heavenly Father, we pray for Your grace as we practice and prepare for our upcoming game. I pray that we will have a productive practice. Keep my teammates and I safe from any injury or physical harm as we practice. Help my fellow teammates and I as we practice on what we need to improve. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
How do I pray for my coach?
Praying for your coach is also something you can pray for as a basketball player. You can pray for your coach that God will give Him the grace as he plans and strategizes for your upcoming contest. Preparation is not just for players, but also for the coach and managers.
Here is one way you can pray for your coach and managers:
Father, I pray for our coach that You grant him the grace he needs as he strategizes for our plays and tactics. Help him as he comes up with the best plan possible that would greatly optimize the strengths of each team player and help us win the game. Give our coach the grace that he needs as he leads our team. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
How do you pray before a game?
Of course, praying before a basketball game is more common. Most Christians will pray for God’s grace to perform excellently in the game, but there are many other things you can pray for that are also important. One is grace for you and your team (whether they are Christians or not) to play honestly, and a prayer that you and your team will never use dirty tactics. You could pray for the referees and the basketball game officials to be fair and exercise just judgments. If there is a foul, you want it to be recognized as a foul. However, you should also pray not just before the game, but also after the game. When you win, it is easy to lose yourself in the moment of celebration. Instead, you can thank God for the victory that you and your team had. That also applies if you and your team lost the game. Even if you lost the game, there are still many things for which you can thank God. One is that you didn’t get injured during the game. Many things could happen in a basketball game, but no injury occurred to you. That is something to be grateful for, similar to thanking God for being able to get home from work safely.
1 Corinthians 10:31
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Here is one sample prayer to say before the game:
Heavenly Father, I pray for the strength and the grace I need to compete excellently during the upcoming game. I pray that the game officials, especially the referees, will be fair. I also pray that my teammates and I will play honestly and be good sports to our opponents. I also pray that our opponent will play honestly. Protect us from any injury or accidents during the game. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
The Most Important Thing
If you are a basketball player and your teammates and coach are not Christians, there is something else that is much more important to pray for. That is to pray for their salvation. You are expected to share the Gospel with them, but it is also important to pray for them in this respect.
13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Here is one way to pray as a basketball player:
Father, I pray for my fellow teammates and coach to see and understand the Gospel. Open their eyes and hearts that they may receive the gift of eternal life in Christ and repent from their sins. Give me the grace to be bold as I minister and share the Good News with them. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
As a basketball player, it is essential to be the salt and light by preaching Christ in how you play and live your life. Your life is the first Bible that non-Christians will be able to see. If you play honestly, with integrity, and live a pure and holy life, then your life will be a testimony of how Christ changes people and sets them free from sin!