A friend emailed me that perennial question: what happens when two different sports teams are praying for a victory? (or one kid's praying for rain and the other for sunshine, etc...) My thoughts:
Well, that's a good question. When two people are praying for the totally opposite thing, they both can't receive what they're asking. In general, I think God leaves many things up to the laws of physics he created: the strength and skill of the players, the effect of the weather, etc. Since he created all things and holds all things together, in a sense you could say he's in control of which team wins and which team looses. But, in general, I don't think He considers the piety of the players or fans in deciding the outcome. I say in general, because he may indeed use the outcome of a game to his purpose. I don't doubt that he does at times, but as a rule I don't think praying for a victory in a sports game is a very Christian thing to do. Praying for the right attitude, praying for focus and growth, yes... but I don't think God is playing favorites. I think He often just lets the laws of physics have their way.
You’ve got your methods
I’m done with trying to guess all your moves
I’m going where you want me to go
I’ve got nothing left to lose
Now I don’t wanna suffer
But that’s in fact the nature of the beast
If you want to get to higher ground
You got to get there on your knees
Well, it's obvious that God is not a Bills fan because we wouldn't have lost 4 Superbowls in a row.
I think you should check out these couple of clips, Josh. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Tony Dungy (I just realized that I really need to read his memoir) and I love the glory he gives to God and how God and sports go together.
Watch from 2:00 to 3:00.
Watch the first 15 seconds.
Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.