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.
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.
No. God cares little if you win or lose a race, or a game.
...only if you have done your hometeaching!
It is a well known fact that training psychologically as well as physically
improved performance Prayer fits in perfectly
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.
"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
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.
"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
What if Opponent A prays and Opponent B prays? Do the two cancel each other
@HutteriteThere are fans of a school not far from SLC who actually
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.