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February 6, 2012

About That Prayer Thing

by Rev. A. J. Iovine

Last week, the New York Post fronted a story about New England Patriots’ QB Tom Brady’s wife, model Gisele Bundchen, asking friends to pray for Tom as his team prepared to face the now Super Bowl Champion New Jersey/York Giants. Fellow Giants’ fans and sports commentators made fun of this prayer request. Even the political cartoonist for the Post got in on the fun, drawing a picture of the Holy Trinity (in cartoon form) wearing Giants’ jerseys and hats (and God the Father had one of those foam fingers), with Jesus ‘denying’ Gisele’s prayer.

Gisele’s prayer request blended a modern understanding of staying positive with a request to ask her friends to pray for Tom to be “confident, healthy, and strong.” She never asked her friends to pray for a victory for the Patriots, only to envision them winning.

For we believe that God answers all prayers in His own way. We can waste our time asking for selfish things like victories for our favorite sports teams or we can ask God to open the hearts of people to help the needy. Either way, God’s will will be done.

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Gisele e-mails friends, family asking for Super Bowl support for hubby
Tom Brady may be the quarterback in the family, but his wife is the one throwing Hail Marys.

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