Opening Prayer before an Academic Contest

Dear Lord, as we gather before you to participate in this academic contest, make us aware that we do this competition not for our own glory but to glorify your name.

Grant your wisdom that the contestants will value more the camaraderie and cooperation that would happen today more that the glory of winning.

Allow the losers to learn that they are already winners because of their willingness to share their talents. Let the winners learn that they succeeded because of your blessing and guiding presence.

Bestow your generosity and love to all of us present today and bless also those who are left at home. Whatever we accomplish in this competition, we offer all of these to you.

Let this competition serve as a way to praise your name and spread your good news. This we ask through Christ, our Lord, Amen.

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