Taking a knee: Professional football and its mysterious postgame prayer
After a 1990 “Monday Night Football” game, players from the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants prayed; ritual is now a common practice after many professional and college football games. The NFL’s religious undercurrent can appear incongruous with the violent nature of the game.
Every team except one prayed with their Christian players the rest of the season. Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara, who attends Hillsong Church in New York City and Citylight Church in Omaha, Nebraska, led postgame prayer for the first time.
Concerns have surrounded the postgame prayer trend since its inception. The chaplains tried to ignore Reilly’s outcry, but NFL leaders seemed to be listening. Sports Illustrated writer Rick Reilly eviscerated the prayer trend. Author: “It was about support but it was also about the superstitious element.”
How do you pray before a football game?
Amen. Father in Heaven, we ask Your blessing on the game we are about to play. Give each of us the courage to play the game in a way that is pleasing to You through our words and actions. Let us enter the competition in a spirit of sportsmanship and with respect for the opposing team’s members.
How do you pray to Greek gods?
The ancient Greeks would pray on their feet, their hands raised to the sky, praising Zeus and the other gods of the sky.
Why do athletes pray?
The goal of each supplication is secular at its core, and I believe that the majority of athletes’ prayers are offered simply to obtain something from God: a state of calm, performance enhancement, or victory.
How do I pray for my coach?
Allow their hearts to yearn for Your approval. May they be under Your command, respecting and honoring their teammates, coaches, and opponents. May they follow all the rules and submit to You as their Ultimate Coach. Lord, they are Your warriors in battle, humble in victory and gracious in defeat.
What is a good prayer for healing?
Loved God, I pray that you will comfort me in my suffering, strengthen the hands of my healers, and bless the methods used to cure me; give me such faith in the power of your grace that I may put my complete trust in you even when I am afraid; through our Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.
What do you say before praying?
Raise your hands next to your ears and shoulders and say Allhu akbar ( ), which translates to “Allah is the greatest.” Do this while standing (or sitting if you can’t).
Can I pray to a Greek god?
There is no wrong or right way to pray to them; as long as your message is respectful, it will be received!
What would you pray to Hades for?
There are several reasons why people would pray to Hades: He was invoked at funerals as a caretaker of souls, ensuring that the soul found rest, and he was also invoked to ensure passage into Elysium, the dwelling place of the blessed dead, as indicated in some hymns.
Who prays to Poseidon?
First and foremost, you must remember that Polyphemus the cyclops is the son of Poseidon the sea god, and that after Odysseus and his men blind the cyclops and sail away, Polyphemus prays to his father, asking him to take revenge on Odysseus.
Is it OK to pray for success?
It is appropriate to pray for prosperity in order to achieve financial security and the ability to help others; however, it is not appropriate to pray for personal wealth in order to live a lavish lifestyle. When a greedy person becomes wealthy, it is not because God answered his or her prayers.
How do you pray to God properly?
Learn to Pray in Four Simple Steps
- Step 1: Address Heavenly Father.
- Step 2: Thank Heavenly Father.
- Step 3: Ask Heavenly Father.
- Step 4: Close in the Name of Jesus Christ.
- Praying in a Group.
- Pray Always, With Sincerity, and Faith in Christ.
How do you end a prayer?
You’ll probably hear an amen at the end of a Christian prayer, and some Christians will say things like “All God’s people said” or “In Jesus’ name.” The endings to prayers express your agreement and sincerity.