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Tebow faithful tweet, Facebook their prayers

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow took a secret weapon into Thursday night’s come-from-behind, last-minute 17-13 win against the New York Jets.

Prayer. Well, that’s no secret, as anybody knows who has ever watched Tebow take a knee as he thanks his heavenly Father right there on the field. His familiar gridiron genuflection is now called “Tebowing” — one knee on the turf, head bowed, one hand holding his helmet, the other cupping his forehead as he asks for divine assistance.

Tim Tebow


His critics are relentless — pooh-poohing his abilities, scoffing at his readiness to move up from college ball to the pros. However, he’s now 4 and 1 for the season — as in four wins, one loss against Detroit. And his secret weapon?

Thousands of fans are praying for him. Thursday night just before the kickoff, the unabashed Christian athlete posted “Colossians 3:15 GB²” on Facebook. Quickly 6,000 people had “liked” his post and more than 1,000 had left comments.

Colossians 3:15, of course, proclaims: “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”

The National Football League doesn’t allow him to grease-paint his face with Scripture references anymore. For years when he was calling plays for the Florida Gators, he would write a Bible verse in white letters on the eye black he wears to reduce glare. Within minutes, hundreds of thousands of hits would show up on Google as fans searched for the reference. He has more than 704,000 friends on Facebook.


And they take his Scriptures very seriously. One fan wrote, “Tim Tebow, I don’t think your major battle is the opposing teams, but it is against the Enemy and his tricks. I see you more as a missionary than just the quarterback to save the Broncos. They needed you, and the other Christians involved with the team needed your brotherly support. Good job.”

Another fan posted, “Great quote for today, because we all need peace in our hearts. Tebow I will pray for the Lord’s will for the game tonight, but really do hope that yall will win tonight! Tebow again thank you for being an inspiration and continue to prove your doubters wrong!!! Go gettem Tebow!!!”

And “gettem” he did. With seconds on the clock, he ran the ball 20 yards for the winning touchdown.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Cheryl Richman

    What a godly role model and Christian hero Tim Tebow is- you go guy!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Nancy

    God Bless You Tebow… You are an inspiration to all! You are one of God’s good men. As you honor our Lord, He honors you. Thank heavens for Christian athletes who can play such a role in the lives of others – young and old.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Ron

    When I think about what is going on in Tim’s life with the Broncos, the following verse comes to mind:
    1. Zechariah 4:6
    “……. Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.”

    I thank God we have a role model in Tim Tebow that realizes where his success lies.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment l e a

    wonderful story Tim Tebow is developing, I cannot believe all the detractors and hypocrites out there, if he was a wife beater, cocaine athlete they would be cheering him on and making him a hero, this young man is a true role model and should be the NFL poster player, as for John Elway, wake up and take care of your quarterback,it took you a while to win a super bowl, and there were some people that doubted that you would ever achieve that and you did with hard work and sacrifice, so give Tebow a break he is doing all that and more.

  • http://Holdupthestandardcross. Emmanuel

    Mr. Tim Tebow keep praying and your eyes on the price. We fight not against flesh and blood but against principalities powers of this world. The price is Christ Jesus the bonus that comes with the price is winning and the icing is the NFL SUPERBALL. You have made me a Bronco fan. You are in my prayers and hold up the STANDARD CROSS IN JESUS NAME AMEN.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Ada Lanoue

    Thank you for being faithful to God, Iknow your faith will see you through the rest of your life. We need more young men like you.
    May God Bless you always. Ada

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Allan

    Back in the 1950’s there was an Hispanic player who always made the sign of the Cross before he came up to bat. In those days, no one considered this to be a threatening act the way some people do regarding Tebow’s quick prayer. It shows how paranoid society has become.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Shirley

    I am so proud of so thankful that we have a player in the NFL that honors God in all that he does. May God continue to walk by your side and bless you in all phases of this life and the life to come. Yes, I am a proud Bronco fan because of you.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Shuichi

    Whenever I see Tebow doing his “thing” I can’t help but have my mind wander back to Matthew 6:5-6 “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men….when thou prayest, enter into thy closet and when thou has shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret….”

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jackie

    @Shuichi..Please remember Jesus and ‘his’ praying in public. If praying is hidden, how will people know about God? He is showing his belief…amen..

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Gram11S

    You are truly an inspiration. We need more people like you in our world today. Keep fighting for the Lord. The rewards are heavenly.

  • http://ok nvboy

    Why in GOD’s Name not. Jehovah…

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Tamunotelima

    Thanks for sharing this beliefnet. Tim Tebow is really an inspiration, to have such public display of faith with such confidence as he portrays is not easy because I’m sure he knows he will be a target for the world and the enemy. I pray that God continues to strengthen his faith and grace hi career with phenomenal wins. I also pray that in my profession I can bring such honor and glory to my heavenly father.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment pam janashak are the man..thank you for keeping the faith..don’t let the media get you down…
    they have too much control…keep doing what you are doing!!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Andrea Williamson

    Thank You Tim Tebow, we need more Christian athletes to take a stand. We are pulling for u. May God continue to bless u in many ways.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Your Name

    hey tebow we heard about your prayer and we wanted to tell you that we agree about your strength and athletasisim and we wanted to tell you that we are people of crise and we wanted to tell you that you are never alone and no matter what people tell follow your heart and make sure god is always in it because god will lead you to places that are sucsesfull and he will guide you to a win and never let any body drag you down good luck.

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