Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple


Super Bowl Prayer: Does God Care?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

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Packers or Steelers? With the Super Bowl kickoff just six hours away this is now the hot question rolling across the planet. Egypt is imploding. There are deadly storms in Australia. But what’s the rage? Will Aaron Rogers or Ben Roethlisberger prevail today?

The Packers and Steelers each claim two of the most loyal – and radical – fan bases in football. Their respective supporters love to express their support for them respective teams in radical, unpredictable ways.

But he’s a prediction you can bet on and WIN: at some critical game-changing moment during the Super Bowl a television camera will flash on some extreme green=painted or black-painted fan hands clinched in a pose, eyes closed and face intensely crunched muttering a “prayer” … beseeching the Creator of the Universe to takes sides in the game…

Does God takes sides in the Super Bowl? Is it fair to pray for one team over another? Many of us believe God answers prayer, all prayer. So how does he handle sticky situations like this? God has loyal fans on both sides of the ball?

What do you think? Does God care about sporting prayer?



  • Mark

    I’m not sure about this but I tend to think God likes it when we tell him what we care about. I think it’s OK to ask or even to plead – but probably not to be angry with God when your team loose. Today my wife told me off for praying with our children that my team would beat their biggest rivals in a football (soccer) match. I#d be interested in anyone elses thoughts…

  • nnmnns

    Prayer and two bucks will get a cup of coffee, some places.

  • Chris

    I don’t think God really cares too much.
    Living in South Africa, and not being from America, I’ve very little clue about(American) football, although from what I’ve read, I had a soft spot for the Packers – the team is owned by the community, hasn’t moved away to a big city, and had the chance to win a trophy named after one of its legendary coaches.
    I remember at school, that one rugby coach I had who got the team to pray before each match – but we couldn’t pray to win – instead, we that we would give 100%, play fair and to the rules, and that no one would be injured
    From a South African perspective, some of you may have seen the film Invictus, basedon John Carlin’s book Playing the Enemy and starring Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman, about Nelson Mandela and the 1995 Rugby World Cup final between New Zealand and South Africa. (I hope and pray none of you had to endure the awful film about the fall from grace of S.African cricket captain Hansie Cronje)The Springbok (South Africa) players – mostly devout Afrikaans Calvinists 9star fly-half Joel Stransky is Jewish) – prayed to God to win. If God was on SA’s side that day, it wasn’t for the rugby or for winning the world cup, but for bringing unity to a very divided society soon after the birth of true democracy in our country.

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