This prayer asks God to bless and protect any athletic or sporting event, that all athletes will be safe from injury.
It might seem strange to offer a prayer before an athletic event, but in truth, the prayer doesn’t have to be for a particular winner.
The prayer can be simply focused on the health and well-being of all involved, and that each athlete will perform their best.
Here is a prayer from the Book of Blessings that incorporates these themes and asks God for protection of all athletes involved.
Strong and faithful God,
as we come together for this contest,
we ask you to bless these athletes.
Keep them safe from injury and harm,
instill in them respect for each other,
and reward them for their perseverance.
Lead us all to the rewards of your kingdom
where you live and reign for ever and ever.