Will prayer improve your athletic performance?

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  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    July 20, 2017 8:59 a.m.

    Until we understand fully how prayers are or aren't answered, any comments on this issue are pure speculation. Pro or Con.

    At some point we will find out, and I'm guessing we'll be surprised.

    May the Force be with you.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    July 20, 2017 8:19 a.m.

    Prayer...no...focus...yes. If you are a very focused prayer you probably bring that focus to everything else. If you simply say a little verse or desperate request before a performance definitely no.

    As someone who tried to run as fast as I possibly could, I trained as hard as I possibly could. The results weren't great but better than most (substantially below a 3 hour marathon). What I can tell you is that hard training brings intense focus, and that focus transitions to competition. I could literally do a scan of my entire body during a race to see what was going on.

    Focus and push.

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    July 20, 2017 5:54 a.m.

    No. God cares little if you win or lose a race, or a game.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    July 17, 2017 12:24 p.m.

    ...only if you have done your hometeaching!

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    July 17, 2017 12:18 p.m.

    It is a well known fact that training psychologically as well as physically improved performance

    Prayer fits in perfectly

  • WHATMATTERS Springville, UT
    July 17, 2017 10:49 a.m.

    An interesting question I have though about throughout the years. If God can and does influence athletic performance, how does he do it? Does he manipulate our biology to have better endurance, quicker response time, more force, faster firing muscles etc? Maybe he can help center our focus but we have to believe he is doing it for our competitors so the outcome seems to be on us.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    July 17, 2017 9:06 a.m.

    "Will prayer improve your athletic performance?"
    If you believe it will, it certainly might. Not that I see any reason that God gives a hoot one way or the other about who wins an athletic competition. But humans by nature are ego-centric creatures who like to think that their athletic prowess is a measure of their worth and their being favored by the Almighty

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    July 17, 2017 8:48 a.m.

    Bottom line is - it could.

    The placebo effect is very powerful. If you believe that praying will give you an edge, it might.
    If you believe that carrying a magic crystal in your pocket can improve your health or "align" your energy then it might make you feel better.

    If you believe that reflexology can cure diabetes, well, ok, probably not. But it could make you think you feel better.

    There are a lot of things that can trigger the placebo effect. Prayer is one of them. Be assured that lots of money is being made on them.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    July 16, 2017 9:27 p.m.

    "There are fans of a school not far from SLC who actually believe that."

    "What if Opponent A prays and Opponent B prays? Do the two cancel each other out?"

    True... but so could be said just about any school. I shot a rodeo this weekend, it was preceded with a prayer to keep the participants safe and that all would perform to their best capability. You can pray to be able to do the best you can - and still not be the best on the field.... you are simply asking to be the best you can be.

    And yes, there are those who pray for their school or team to win. I really do doubt that is in the top of the list of concerns of anyone who is the recipient of that prayer.

    Perhaps some could benefit of the appropriate use of prayer....

  • MaxPower Eagle Mountain, UT
    July 16, 2017 5:38 p.m.

    What if Opponent A prays and Opponent B prays? Do the two cancel each other out?

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    July 16, 2017 4:28 p.m.


    There are fans of a school not far from SLC who actually believe that.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    July 16, 2017 11:08 a.m.

    Meditation, introspection, concentration and possibly even the placebo effect are all things that can have a physiological effect on a person.
    Is an omniscient, omnipotent deity going to suspend the natural order of events to favour you in the 400 metre? I'm less inclined to believe this.