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Taking risks: ESPN analyst prays for critically sick Buffalo Bills player while cameras are rolling

ESPN analyst, Dan Orlovsky prays for Damar Hamlin while cameras are rolling.
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Buffalo Bill’s safety, Damar Hamlin, has awakened from sedation and was able to use pen and paper to ask doctors a question, the NY Post reports.

The question he asked is “Did we win?”

Dr. Timothy Pritts, with the University of Cincinnati Medical Center answered, “The answer is yes, Damar, you won. You’ve won the game of life.”

Damar, 24, collapsed in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals shortly after tackling Bengals’ receiver Tee Higgins.

His heart stopped beating, shortly after the Bill’s staff arrived forcing them to perform CPR while on the field. Damar was then rushed to hospital in critical condition. The game was subsequently cancelled.

While still in critical condition, with a recent positive neurological scan, doctors are now predicting a full recovery and his turnaround has been described as nothing short of miraculous.

And in the title of its article, Prayers answered as Damar Hamlin wakes up with a chance to make a full recovery, the NY Post acknowledges the efficacy of the prayers that have gone up for the player.

Perhaps the most shocking was the prayer uttered by Dan Orlovsky, an ESPN analyst, who boldly prayed while cameras were rolling.

The former NFL quarterback, started off the program with words questioning where he should pray.

“Maybe this is not the right thing to do,” Orlovsky said. “It’s just on my heart that I want to pray for Damar Hamlin right now.

“I’m going to do it out loud, I’m going to close my eyes,” Orlovsky continued. “I’m going to bow my head, and I’m just going to pray for him.”

With his two cohosts looking on, Orlovsky took the risk and prayed:

God we come to you in these moments that we don’t understand, that are hard, because we believe that You’re God and coming to You and praying to You has impact. We’re sad, we’re angry, we want answers, but some things are unanswerable. We just want to pray, truly come to You and pray for strength for Damar, for healing for Damar, for comfort for Damar, to be with his family, to give them peace. If we didn’t believe that prayer … worked, we wouldn’t ask this of You, God. I believe in prayer, we believe in prayer, and we lift up Damar Hamlin’s name in Your name, Amen.”

When it comes to the Christian life, there are moments we need to take risks.

But the biggest fear holding us back is our concern about what others will think, which I suspect was going through Orlovsky’s mind.

What would his two cohosts think?

What would his viewers think?

What would management think?

But King Solomon described these types of situations we all face in life the best when he wrote:

“The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.” (Proverbs 29:5 ESV)

He compares the fear of what other people think to a snare because it traps you and prevents you from moving forward and doing what God has called you to do.

READ: Prayers answered as Damar Hamlin wakes up with chance to make full recovery AND ‘I Believe in Prayer’: ESPN Analyst and Former NFL Star Bows His Head and Passionately Prays On-Air for Damar Hamlin

You can watch Dan Orlovsky’s prayer below:

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