Creator God, in the midst of economic, political, and social turmoils, we thank you for the opportunity to gather for another World Cup.
We thank you for open fields that ignite children’s imaginations, for communities and governments that promote healthy activities, for the opportunity to teach teamwork and sportsmanship.
We praise you for giving us a game that transcends language, race, gender, and income levels.
We pray for the safety of the players and the fans during their travel to and time in Brazil. We pray that the players will represent their countries in a favorable light that shines into the dark places within their home countries… dark places like child abuse, religious persecution, and human trafficking.
We thank you for the victories that bring our global communities together.
We thank you for the victory we achieve when we create safe places for children to gather and to play games.
We thank you for the victory of your grace.