Pray about sports? Really?

Originally appeared online in the teen series Your Healings -  May 3, 2022.

I am a field hockey goalie. I’ve also gone to Christian Science Sunday School my whole life. So it didn’t come as a surprise when, during my first field hockey season, my dad encouraged me to pray about my practices and games. I have to admit, though, that at first, I just brushed off his recommendation as a pregame speech. Then I had an experience that helped me understand the value of prayer, even in sports.

It was a really hot day, and several of my teammates were exhausted because they’d had lots of tests in school that day. We were also losing 1–0 and the whole team seemed miserable. That’s when I remembered that my dad had told me I could pray about the game. 

While I wasn’t praying for us to win, I was excited to discover the way prayer brings out more unity and harmony on the field.

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