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May 11: A Prayer for our Artists and Athletes

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Holy Father, thank You for creating us in Your image, and gifting us with the desire and ability to create artistically and to perform athletically. Thank You for giving us talents and physical strength. The scope of all that we can create and do through the inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit, has yet to be realized. Thank You for the disciplines of these areas.  Lord, Your Name is holy.  You are our hiding place.  It is You who protects us from trouble and surrounds us with songs of victory.   With all of our hearts, we give thanks to You.  We praise Your Name for Your love and faithfulness.

 

Magnificent Father, we know that whatever is good and perfect comes to us from You, O God, who created all the lights in the heavens. You never change or cast a shifting shadow. The Arts and Sports are a blessing to us.  We believe that they are for our pleasure, and increase our quality of life. Your Word tells us that You richly give us all we need for our enjoyment. This is not only for us, but for our children. Therefore, as ambassadors of the Kingdom of Heaven, we confess that art programs and sports will be recognized as a crucial part of our children’s development and education and will increase in number and in excellence across the world. We declare that these arts and athletic programs will give them a platform to explore and embrace their creative selves and abilities. We decree favor and provision for these programs right now!  We confess that a spirit of excellence will arise in the Arts, as well as the sports industry and that through them, Jesus Christ will be lifted up from the earth, drawing all people to Himself.

 

Holy Spirit, what are my creative talents and athletic abilities?  List and thank God for them:

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Holy Spirit, give us an increase in creative thought and athletic strength and skill. Help us not to become lazy and apathetic, unwilling to experience new things. Remove from us the fear of being different, and help us to realize that we are called to be distinctive in our way of life.  Remind us that we are a chosen people; royal priests, a holy nation, God’s own possession. Teach us to carry ourselves as kings, and queens, and lords, especially in the use of our creative abilities and athletics. Help us as parents and guardians in the community of faith to encourage our children and youth in the proper use of their artistic gifts and athletic abilities. Teach all Your people the importance of putting our financial and social support behind libraries, museums, theaters, and schools of art for the sake of future generations.  Enlighten the legislators worldwide who have been close-minded about the Arts to understand that they are an important and necessary part of creating balance and cultural harmony.  Lead them as they make decisions about the amount of funds to appropriate to the Arts.  Give coaches and general managers the ability to properly train and equip our athletes at our schools and universities.  Please protect our athletes from personal injuries.

 

Awesome Father, forgive us for taking the beauty of the arts and athletic programs for granted. Forgive those who have tainted the Arts and Sports through their acts of ungodliness.  Forgive those who condemn the teaching and expression of the Arts, not regarding them as a form of worship. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed).  Holy Spirit, remind us all of those we need to forgive and help us to be quick to forgive.  As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to show you names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He shows you, say aloud, “I forgive name of person(s).”  Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

 

Holy Spirit, help our artists and athletes to not yield to temptation; but deliver us all from the evil one.

 

Lord, You are great! You are robed in honor and majesty. You are dressed in a robe of light. You stretch out the starry curtain of the heavens. Lord, what a variety of things You have made!  In wisdom You have made them all. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Scripture References for the Written Text:  Psalm 32:7, Psalm 138:1-2, Genesis 1:26, Isaiah 64:8, Genesis 1:1, 31, Psalm 66:4, James 1:17, I Timothy 6:17, John 12:31, I Peter 2:9, Matthew 6:13, Psalm 104:1-2, 24

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