To some this is a show of disrespect toward the player and his faith. To others it’s an opportunity to talk about prayer. I fall into the latter category. Tim Tebow has really made us think about and discuss the topic of prayer. Is it alright to pray in public? Is it offensive to others to pray in public? Should we all stop criticizing Tebow’s prayer life and focus on our own? I am very glad the he prays before each game. By doing so he is telling everyone that he is not ashamed to serve God; he is making a public confession of his faith. Furthermore, he is asking for God’s favor. This doesn’t mean he is simply asking God to win the game for him. I imagine he is praying for the safety of his team and the team he is playing against.
Many people are speculating whether or not God is assisting the Broncos in their wins, if they are having a lucky streak or if the enthusiasm if pushing them forward. I’m not sure what the answer is. Some Christians will say that God could care less about who wins a football game and that he would never give one team an unfair advantage. My response to that concern is to read the Old Testament. God often cared who won a battle and would give favor to those who asked for his help. (If you don't believe me read about Gideon in Judges 6 and 7.) It’s quite possible that God is honoring Tebow’s faithfulness and blessing him.
Here’s the main thing. I have been thinking about my own prayer life recently. I really have not spent much time communicating with God and asking for his direction. Tim Tebow has challenged me to reevaluate my quite time and my boldness in public places. ‘Tebowing’ has been a positive thing for me because it has inspired me to strengthen my own prayer life.
I don’t really know if God is helping the Broncos win but I do know he is pleased when we come to Him in prayer and make him the center of our lives. What do you think about Tebowing?