Camera Shows Dozens of NFL Players Gather at Midfield to Take a Knee – But for Prayer, Not Protest

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At first glance, it was just one more snippet of the social justice shenanigans that have become a hallmark of the National Football League.

But the photos tweeted by Pittsburgh Steelers chaplain Kent Chevalier show members of the Steelers and Buffalo Bills in a midfield prayer circle.

Pittsburgh won Sunday’s game 23-16.

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Chevalier, however, tweeted that there is a lot more than the score that matters.

“If you do it God’s way, then you’ll be successful no matter the outcome. Success is not always based on the physical OUTCOME. Success is always based on spiritual OBEDIENCE. Success = Obedience,” he tweeted.

Prayer is not uncommon in the Pittsburgh locker room, Chevalier told Sports Spectrum.

One unique wrinkle: Sometimes prayer has been held in the showers.

“Game faces on and they are holding hands in the shower, which I just thought was hilarious,” Chevalier said. “It’s like, ‘Oh my gosh, I never thought of this, that I’d be holding hands in the shower with a guy and we’re praying to the Lord.’”

Chevalier said in an interview with Steelers Takeaways that when he speaks to players, he tells them “they are playing for God’s glory, not for the name on the back of their jerseys.”

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He said that there are many private moments with players.

“In the Scripture, there is a person, Nicodemus, who was a guy that only would visit Jesus late at night. He didn’t want anyone to know he was talking to Jesus. Well, I love my Nicodemus moments with players. Some guys don’t want to be seen with me. I’ll get late-night texts or calls asking to meet me at night to talk about things by the pool at the hotel,” he said.

That’s where most of my ministry is done – those Nicodemus moments.”

Chevalier added that his role with the team has its limits.

I’m here to love and serve you. My job is not to push my faith on you, but to be open and communicate with you. I’m here if you are having a hard time no matter your faith. I’m not here to be a Bible thumper. I’m here to be loving to you,” he said.

He also said his job is a dream come true for a Steelers fan.

I was a Steelers fan my entire life. I could tell you where I was when the Steelers won the Super Bowl in Detroit. As a huge fan of the Steelers growing up in Pittsburgh, this had been incredible. I am truly blessed,” he said.

“I am so happy to be able to do this for the Steelers family, and for Steelers nation. And to be able to help players use their platform to share their faith, I am truly blessed.”

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Anthony Brown & group therAPy – Help (Official Video)

Song – Help
Artist – Anthony Brown & group therAPy
Album – Stuck In the House: The Pandemic Project
Licensed to YouTube by SME, [Merlin] Absolute Label Services; Essential Music Publishing, Adorando Publishing, CMRRA, ASCAP, and 1 Music Rights Societies

Lyrics:

I know it seems like the rain just won’t end
Let me reassure you that it will
You try to be strong and keep it all in
But inside you wish someone knew what you feel
Let me remind you
We have a friend in Jesus
And when we need Him
We lift our hands and say

We need Your help
You are our help
And we believe that You’re sending help
We need Your help
You are our help
And we believe that You’re sending help

So when the load gets too heavy to bear
And it seems life won’t treat you fair
There is a place where you can cast your cares
Take it to Him and leave it there
Let me remind you
We have a friend in Jesus
And when we need Him
We lift our hands and say

We need Your help
You are our help
And we believe that You’re sending help

We need Your help
You are our help
And we believe that You’re sending help

Let me remind you
We have a friend in Jesus
And when we need Him
We lift our hands and say

We need Your help
You are our help
And we believe that You’re sending help
We need Your help
You are our help
And we believe that You are
Our Help in time of trouble
The way outta no way
Peace like a river
Joy on the darkest day
Strength to complete it
We won’t be defeated
Just when We need Him (we look up) and say

We need Your help
You are our help
And we believe that You’re sending help
We need Your help
You are our help
And we believe that

Help is on the way
Help is on the way
Help is on the way
Help is on the way

Look up
Joy is on the way
Joy is on the way
Look up
Peace is on the way
Peace is on the way

Look up
Healing’s on the way
Healing’s on the way
Look up
Breakthrough’s on the way
Breakthrough’s on the way

Look up
Help is on the way
Help is on the way
Help is on the way
Help is on the way
Joy is on the way
Peace is on the way
Healings on the way
Breakthrough
Look up!
Yes! Help is on the way
Yes! Help is on the way
Joy is on the way
Peace is on the way
Healing’s on the way

Our Help in time of trouble
The way outta no way
Peace like a river
Joy on the darkest day
Strength to complete it
We won’t be defeated
Just when We need Him (we look up) and say

We need Your help
You are our help
And we believe that You’re sending help

We need Your help
You are our help
And we believe that You’re sending help

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