Last Friday night we loaded the family up into the van and attended a High School Soccer game for our oldest daughter. It was a championship game for a local high school tournament.
Now I must say, that over the past 7 years since our kids have played soccer, we have attended a lot of games. There are times when we leave feeling great and there are other times when we are mad at everyone starting with the ref.
I had watched a part of the semi-final game that took place before our semi-final game. And there was no doubt in my mind that the team we were going to play had the most obnoxious fans we had the pleasure of cheering against all year. I told my daughter and my wife to prepare themselves for the impending conflict.
So the game began…and those fans did not disappoint. Within a few minutes, they had started into the ref…and then my daughter’s team. I kept telling myself…cheer for blue and ignore the fans…
Well after about thirty minutes of hard-fought soccer, our opponents scored.
We kept cheering for blue and then just before halftime they scored again.
Moving into the second half, our team continued to play hard and they scored a goal.
The opposing fans quieted down a bit and we cheered a bit louder for blue. Then as the second half was starting to wind down, we scored again.
It was at this point that Leigh-Ann reached over and said, “we have to pray for Alexa to score a goal.”
She didn’t have to tell me twice.
We all paused on our own and prayed for Alexa to score…we kept cheering for blue…and then it happened.
In what seemed like slow motion, she took a few dribbles at the top of the box, saw an opening, took a shot and with what seemed like perfection graced over and past the goalie.
It was a dream come true :).
So this Sunday the topic of my sermon from Romans 15:30-33 is prayer. I will tell you right now that if you come on Sunday, you too can pray like us and win championship games.
Prayer to God is so much more than an attempt to win a game or get something great to happen. The point of the sermon is that prayer should be a priority for every Christian and the bulk of what I say will be an attempt to answer “WHY” prayer should be a priority.
I sure hope to see you then,