For this edition of THURSDAY’S THOUGHTS, I wanted to focus on the power of prayer and all of the buzz on a Cinderella story in the NCAA Division I March Madness Tournament.
I am sure you have heard by now about the Loyola University of Chicago Men’s Basketball Team and who Sr. Jean is to the team. Just in case you haven’t, Sr. Jean serves as the Team Chaplain for the Loyola-Chicago Men’s Basketball Team. She is 98 years young and has become a star overnight due to her pre-game prayers and her team upsetting two higher seeded teams in the tournament in buzzer-beater fashion. Your fellow Team Chaplain, Sr. Jean, has been given a platform to discuss what she does as a Team Chaplain. Sr. Jean has spoken upon what she says for her team prayers. She starts off her prayers with good and gracious God, and then continues to ask God for other things for the team especially that “big W”. Some might question the power of prayer or even if God cares about who wins and who loses.
The concept of prayer before a game is not just to pray for the win and expect that it will happen. You must still show up to the game prepared and in the right frame of mind to execute what you were taught. When we ask God to help us “win” there is more meaning to it such as, asking God to help us do what we need to do along our journey in order to be successful. Sr. Jean states, “If you don’t have confidence in Faith, then you might as well not be playing.” The advantage of having faith is knowing that whether you win, lose, or draw, God has an ultimate purpose for it and that is what we are praying for.
“Worship, work, win” – Sr. Jean