I was never one for going to the Synagogue when I was a kid and I left the moment I had done my folks the family honor of having my bar mitzvah. So I sure never imagined that I would have ended up at the rodeo thirty-five years later praying my heart out to Jesus Christ.
Somehow praying at the rodeo is very different to me. I guess it's that so many people and animals I care about are about to take some serious risks. So we don't ask for unfair advantage, but that all creatures both on two and four legs come away unhurt in this most physical sport.
Well The prayer goes something like this...
"Our Gracious and Heavenly Father,
We pause in the midst of this festive occasion, mindful and thoughtful of the guidance that you have given us. We would ask today, Lord, that you be with us in this rodeo arena as we pray you will be also with us in life's arena. As cowboys, Lord, we don't ask for any special favors in this arena today. We only ask that you will let us compete in this event, and in life, as You did for us. We don't ask that we never break a barrier, draw the steer that won't lay, draw around a chute fighting horse, or a bull that is impossible to ride. Help us to compete in life as honest as the horse we ride; in a manner as clean and pure as the wind that blows across this Texas country; so when we make that Last Ride, that we know is inevitable, to the Country Up There.. Where the grass is green and lush and stirrup-high and the water runs clean and clear; You will tell us, as our Last Judge, that our entry fee's are paid. We ask these things in Christ's Name."
Here's a few photos from the opening Night of the Double M Rodeo 2015 of some serious prayer going on.