6th July 2019

Prayer Diary July 7 - 20

 

Elite sport

 

Elite athletes and coaches can suffer from lack of teaching and fellowship whilst away from home churches, as well as significant strains to identity and godly living, in high performance environments. Please join us in praying for the world of elite sport and all those within it.

 

Sun 7th 2019 Wimbledon Championships.

 

Pray for the small community of believers on the ATP and WTA tours as they travel the world away from their local churches. Pray for opportunities over these championships for them to rest in God’s word together and encourage each other as brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

Mon 8th Elite Disability Sport.

 

Thank God for the Christians we know of in this world. Pray for relationships to grow between the athletes and the staff walking alongside them, and for the Lord to give the athletes a hunger to read his word.

 

Tues 9th Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open.

 

Pray for Kenny Crawford as he opens the Bible with golfers and caddies ahead of the Scottish Open this week. Thank God for the body of believers on the PGA European Tour, pray that they would be salt and light as they travel the world with others.

 

Wed 10th Monaco Diamond League.

 

Pray for athletes competing at the Monaco Diamond League on 12th July and for the community of believers and seekers that will meet before the event. Pray that God’s word would be their anchor throughout the highs and lows of their performances during the Diamond League series.

 

Thurs 11th Professional football.

 

In the midst of pre-season, thank God for the living faith many footballers have in the top English leagues. In a world full of temptation, pray that they would stand firm in God’s promises

whatever the season brings.

 

Fri 12th Netball World Cup, Liverpool 2019.

 

As the Netball World Cup starts today, pray that the Lord would provide opportunities to develop an international community of believers. At the last Commonwealth Games, eight netballers from three nations came together to meet and encourage each other in God’s word.

 

Sat 13th GB Hockey.

 

Pray for the Lord to raise up bold Christians in the men’s and women’s GB hockey squads to be in salt and light in these tough environments.

 

Sun 14th Northern Ireland elite football.

 

Pray for Russell Bowers and a core team of leaders reaching out to the world of elite football in Northern Ireland. Pray that the Lord would use the team to envision and encourage others to live for Christ in this world.

 

Mon 15th Guinness Pro14.

 

Ahead of the rugby union season starting in September, pray for newly appointed Pete Browne as he starts to support players and coaches. Pray for open doors to meet those we know to be

professing as we look to reach the world of rugby union for Christ.

 

Tues 16th International Rowing.

 

Pray for believers away from home and local church for a long period of time over this summer training and competing. Pray that they would support each other and point each other to

Christ through the ups and downs.

 

Wed 17th The 148th Open at Royal Portrush, Northern Ireland.

 

Pray for Kenny Crawford as he opens the Bible with golfers and caddies from many nations competing at The Open this week. Pray that they would be encouraged and would stand firm on God’s promises whatever the week brings for them.

 

Thurs 18th Young Performance Athletes parents/guardians’ gatherings.

 

Thank God for the YPAs parent/guardians’ gatherings that have taken place this term. Pray for

the next gathering at Repton Sports Plus in August, that it would be a place to share experiences and Godly wisdom of dealing with their child’s involvement in elite sport.

 

Fri 19th Retired athletes.

 

Pray for those who have recently retired from elite sport, that they would know their everlasting value in the Lord’s eyes. For those who don’t know Christ pray that, as their identity as an athlete is stripped away, they would look to find their true identity in Him.

 

Sat 20th London Diamond League.

 

Pray for world class athletes competing at the Diamond League in London this weekend and for the community of believers and seekers that will meet before the event to earth themselves in God’s word.

 

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