21 September 2017

Getting Prepared for the 2012 Games

No doubt there has been a huge focus on preparing for the 2012 Games, whether it’s the athletes’ preparation, or building the venues, but how should we as Christians be preparing for this great opportunity?

First, we need to recognise our own limitations. This is (as has often been said) a once in a lifetime opportunity, where for the few weeks of the Olympics and Paralympics the world will come to Britain giving unprecedented opportunities for taking the gospel to the nations.

However, whilst we can prepare lots of initiatives and be very busy, our only hope for any eternal impact is if God is at work.  The psalmist writes, ‘Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain’ (Psalm 127:1) and how we need to remember this. It implies that we can put in a lot of effort and ‘labour’ but unless God is also at work, then it will amount to nothing.

Someone has wisely said, “When we work, we work, but when we pray, God works”. How true that is, and so the challenge for us is whether behind the veneer of the brilliant sport, all the celebrations, the buzz of activity, and excitement of the Olympics, will there be any spiritual substance to what is going on? Will the Olympics be underpinned by prayer?

Why not start your Olympics preparation now?

 Encourage your church to start praying towards the 2012 Games.

 You could sign up to the Christians in Sport prayer diary that will keep you updated on what’s going on around the UK during and beyond the Olympics.

Email elizabeth@christiansinsport.org.uk to sign up to receive the monthly prayer diary via post or email.

 Resolve to pray something like the following prayer once a week, every week until the Olympics.

Thank you heavenly Father for the gift of sport and for the great opportunity of the Olympics and Paralympics.

Please help all those involved in the preparations, whether athletes, organisers or politicians, so that it would be a fantastic few weeks.

But more than this please would you empower Your people and make them bold and faithful witnesses to the good news of Jesus Christ.

And please be at work by Your Spirit to bring many to know You through the Lord Jesus Christ.

For His name’s sake. Amen.

As well as praying, how else can your church make the most of the 2012 Games?

With the 2012 Games just around the corner, this year brings with it a unique and exciting opportunity for more sportspeople than ever to hear the Christian message.

One way we are looking to help churches make the most out of the Games across Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK is by helping them host the 2012 Sports Quiz; an interactive, multimedia sports quiz with a live 10 minute talk on Christianity relevant to sportspeople.

For more information about the work of Christians in Sport and the 2012 Sports Quiz please visit www.christiansinsport.org.uk or follow @CIS_UK on twitter.