13th October 2018

Prayer Diary October 14 - 27: Elite Sport

 

Heavy training and competition schedules take elite athletes and coaches away from home for long periods of time, meaning they can miss a lot of church teaching and church fellowship. Please join us in praying for the world of elite sport and all those within it.

 

Sun 14th Professional Football.

 

Pray for a regular Bible study group to be established at St George’s Park, The FA’s National Football Centre, for all those interested to know more about who Jesus is.

 

Mon 15th Vitality Netball Superleague.

 

Thank God for the Christians we know of competing in six of the ten Superleague Teams. Pray that the Lord would continue to raise up Christians in the other four teams.

 

Tue 16th Hockey.

 

Pray for God to raise up a strong Christian in the men’s and women’s GB centralised programme and for boldness for them to speak of their faith.

 

Wed 17th IAAF Diamond League.

 

Over the summer, Julia, Graham and Stuart have hosted athlete Bible studies on the Diamond League athletics circuit. Thank God for all those who came and the large community of believers there. Pray that the athletes would live fully for Christ in a challenging world.

 

Thu 18th Coaches and Managers.

 

For Christians who hold positions of authority within their squads, ask that they would lead with a servant heart and for God to give them immeasurable wisdom and strength to deal with any situation that comes their way.

 

Fri 19th Young Performance Athletes (YPAs).

 

Pray for YPAs who have started in a new team, age group or club this season, that they would have settled quickly and would be able to flourish in their sport. Pray for them to be distinctive in their new relationships with team mates and coaches.

 

Sat 20th Rowing.

 

Thank God for the Christians in the GB men’s, women’s and Paralympic squads. As they start a new season following a break after the World Championships, give them a refreshed motivation and joy to train each day ahead of a long winter training block.

 

Sun 21st County and International Cricket.

 

Pray for continued open doors for Andrew Wingfield Digby to share the gospel and for regular Bible studies with believers and seekers to be established.

 

Mon 22nd WTA Finals Day.

 

As the WTA Finals begin today in Singapore, pray for the Christians we know of playing on the women’s tennis tour. Pray that God would place Christians around them as they travel the world and that the Christians on the tour would provide helpful fellowship to each other.

 

Tue 23rd World Golf Championships.

 

Pray for Kenny Crawford at the World Golf Championships this week leading Bible studies with players and caddies. Thank God for Kenny’s first season on the European Tour and how He has used Kenny powerfully for His glory.

 

Wed 24th Professional Rugby.

 

Pray for wisdom as we look to find and support more Christians and seekers in the world of professional rugby union.

 

Thu 25th Recently retired athletes.

 

Ask that the many athletes who know Christ would be aware of His ‘everlasting arms’ upholding them through what can be a painful and confusing transition. For those who don’t know Christ, pray that as their identity as an athlete is stripped away, it would lead them to find their true identity in our loving Lord.

 

Fri 26th Paralympic Sport.

 

Pray that God will lead us to find more Christians involved in Paralympic Sport, especially within para-athletics, para-cycling,

para-swimming and wheelchair rugby.

 

Sat 27th Logos Golf Ministries Pro-Am.

 

Pray for Vincent Brown as he hosts a Pro-Am on the 30th October with an interview with Ali Nicholas over dinner. Pray that Christian golfers would use the opportunity to invite friends along to hear something of the gospel.


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