Opening Prayer for Contests

Lord, we ask you to bless all contestants present here today.

Bless everyone so that each would have the sportsmanship needed to be great winners and gracious losers.

Bless all contestants that your Divine Spirit would guide them through all the phases of this contest.

Grant them physical, spiritual and mental strength that they may need to win this contest. Let them realize that winning is not everything; that it is the journey in getting there that matters.

Help them discern your love through the process so that they may purify their souls and spread your word of good cheer.

May these activities strengthen their brotherly love for one another and develop camaraderie among the contestants.

All these we ask through your mighty name.


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Opening Prayer before a Game

Heavenly Father, we all come together to compete in the games.

Grant your Holy Spirit to come down on all of the players so that there would be genuine sportsmanship.

Bless everyone so that the spirit of camaraderie and cooperation would prevail; and bonds strengthened between teams, even as they vie for championship.

Let them realize that winning is not always everything.

Bless the organizers and donors of this sports event that they may continue with their generosity in spreading the news of your good word.

Bless everyone present here and those in their homes that they would experience your all abounding love and blessings.

All these we ask in your mighty name, amen.

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Opening Prayer for College Programs or Events

Prayer for Academic Events
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Let’s bow our heads and place ourselves in the presence of the Lord. (Allow a few seconds of silence) Lord we gather before you with the purpose of celebrating _______ (state the event/program). We are thankful that you have given us the chance to spend time to rejoice in this momentous activity.

As we learn and enjoy our time with each other, may we not forget that all this is possible only through your all abounding love and generosity. May we spend each moment with the knowledge that you have made this all possible, that we could not lift even a finger without your guidance and knowledge .

As we leave this event, may we also bring home with us the spirit of joy and love that you have always encouraged us to share with others.

We offer all that we do in this event for the glorification of your name, amen.