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The Making of a True Champion

The Making of a True Champion



Do you have a child who sits on the sidelines or do you have one who is in the center of every key athletic play? How can you give your children healthy perspectives about their activities and how can you pray for them?


  • If they play soccer or basketball, a net reminds us to pray,

May our children not be entangled by the things of this world,

that they will always desire to please God (2 Tim. 2:4).

  • When running,

May they run the race of life with endurance,

carrying the gospel at all times and into all nations.

  • When crowds are watching,

May our children always remember that they are surrounded

by a great cloud of witnesses cheering them on.

May they throw off every distraction and sin,

faithfully running the race You have set before them,

fixing their eyes on Jesus (Heb. 12:1–2).

  • When their skills seem inadequate,

May they be all that You designed and desire them to be.

  • For the children who are berated by parents or coaches for a mistake,

Father, help them to realize that You created them

in Your image and for Your glory.

May they recognize their amazing potential in Christ,

Help them to stand firm, letting nothing move them.

May they give themselves fully to the work of the Lord

with the firm knowledge that nothing they do for You

is ever in vain (1 Cor. 15:58).

  • When our children do well,

May they walk humbly with God and among men.

May they value others above themselves (Phil. 2:3).

  • When lifting weights to strengthen their bodies or putting on uniforms,

May our children and their friends

be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might,

putting on the whole armor of God so that they may

take their stand against every evil strategy

of the enemy of all souls (Eph. 6:10 – 11).

May they delight in encouraging or strengthening others.

  • When awards are given,

May the only reward they truly desire

be to serve You, seeking only trophies of grace,

those who are being saved because of their prayers and activities.

Those trophies will collect dust. The paint will chip. Fifteen years, five years, five months from now, most plays – good or bad – will be forgotten.

So Father,

grant us wisdom in leading our children.

Help us to set the example. . .


“I press on to reach the end of the race

and receive the heavenly prize for which God,

through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”

Philippians 3:14 NLT

What activities move you to think of special prayers? Please share them with us and with others.

By: Connie Norris has a passion to mobilize women to pray. Please visit her website, My Home, a House of Prayer for All Nations or connect with her on Facebook at

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