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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 28 2014 1:50 p.m. MST

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JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

Oh my.

Isn't it a bit delusional to think that God would help one team over the next?
If 1000 people pray for team 1 to win and only 500 pray for team 2, does that change anything?

If a vacationing family prays for sunshine and a farmer prays for rain, who wins?

Wouldn't God look down on those who ask for such petty things while there is so many real issues in the world?

I think he or she would look upon those requests as "junk mail"

higv
Dietrich, ID

I was asked to give opening prayer Super Bowl Sunday when Raiders played and tempted to pray for them to win in church but didn't.

Lew Scannon
Provo, UT

I have it on good authority that God is not a sports fan.

gmlewis
Houston, TX

I know an instance where a group of people desperately needed grain in an open bed truck to remain dry. Rainstorms thundered throughout the state. They prayed for a miracle. The driver testified that rain swirled on both sides of the highway, but no rain hit his windshield or the precious cargo in back.

If I pray for dry weather and the farmer prays for rain, I'm praying that the farmer's prayer be answered. I think the Lord clearly understands higher priorities.

Praying for a team to win is silly. The Lord is more likely to honor the individual prayers of the team members who ask for help in doing their best.

However, praying before a test that we might better remember and understand the material is perfectly justified. Those prayers have been answered many times.

Mike W
Syracuse, UT

I for one can't wait to see an athlete, interviewed after winning a game, declare "I'd like to thank monkeys for evolving to the point where I could make millions playing a game" instead of the usual thanking God drivel - as if any just God would care who wins a game in a world filled with poverty, natural disasters and violent crime.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"However, praying before a test that we might better remember and understand the material is perfectly justified. Those prayers have been answered many times."

I would have no problem is the President of the US prayer for wisdom and patience in making a huge decision affecting our country.

However, the last thing that I want is for them to pray for an answer. That would scare the heck out of me.

sg
newhall, CA

I would not be surprised if we were to someday discover that God could care less about sporting events. I laugh everytime an athlete who scores a touchdown raises his finger in the air pointing to the heavens as if God is please with the outcome. I don't think he does. It's the same irony as to when Nazi soldiers vs allied soldiers alike prayed to God for victory. It didn't matter.

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