Lamar Jackson’s Christian faith: Tattoos, prayer life and humble devotion

Lamar Jackson has one of the most inspirational stories in NFL history.

From being rejected as a high first-round draft pick in 2018 to then just a year later in 2019 becoming the youngest player ever to win the NFL MVP award at just over 23 years old.

While many know the flashy QB for his mind-blowing athleticism, highlight-reel plays, and completely unfazed demeanor, it’s his Christian faith that has played the biggest role in his career so far.

Lamar Jackson’s faith on the world stage

The latest staggering milestone in Jackson’s career came in May 2023, with the Ravens star agreeing a new five-year contract to make him one of the highest-paid players in the NFL.

With the eyes of the world looking out for Lamar’s announcement, he was keen to use the opportunity to point people toward God.

His Twitter post read: “THANK GOD”, with the # spelling out “Can’t thank him enough”.

The stylish 26-year-old has always been forthright in shining light on his faith in God, especially during the biggest moments of his career.

Another example of this came from his unique 2024 MVP acceptance speech.

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The Ravens star made a point to make sure God was given all the glory for his staggering achievement:

“First and foremost, I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, without Him nothing is possible.”

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Lamar Jackson sharing his faith with kids

As a key role model for kids across the world, Jackson seemingly understands his responsibility to portray the right messages to children.

In a recent interview with The Wunderkind Show, the superstar QB was asked:

“What would your message be to a kid who is maybe struggling to make a team, struggling to get grades, just generally struggling to make it… what would be a message that you would send to them?”

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Lamar replied: “Keep God first. Pray to God, you’ve got to be consistent with God.

“With God, it’s not like making a wish, like you see with them shooting stars, no, you’ve got to be consistent with your prayer.

“It’s not like you try it once and then if it doesn’t work I’m just going to stop praying, you’ve got to be consistent with God.”

Lamar Jackson’s faith tattoos

Alongside his verbal outpouring of faith, Jackson also has several tattoos that quite literally show the things most important to him.

Family, football, and most prominently his faith.

On his stomach is inscribed a bible verse from Psalm 133:1, which reads: “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”

Underneath the circle is the trunk and roots of a tree, with three angels drawn around it. The left side of the design displays the serenity prayer, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”

There is also a bible verse on his left bicep of Mark 6:4 that reads, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.”

Lamar Jackson’s faith keeping him humble

Back in December 2019, Jackson was asked in a press conference how he manages to stay so humble despite his record-breaking achievements. His answer was remarkable:

“The Lord, The Lord. I give Him all His praise, the glory, the honor, because you know that’s what I am.

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“I could’ve been doing anything like it’s crazy I’ll be thinking about it, talking to him throughout the day, like I appreciate you, thank you.

“When you feel like you’re bigger than the Lord, that’s when all that success dies, it goes away and you’ve got to let Him know he’s the reason you’ve had so much success.”

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Lamar Jackson on dealing with hate

As is usually the case with elite athletes, with great success comes even greater criticism.

This is no different for Jackson, who last year openly spoke about the challenges of having to deal with negativity and how looking to Jesus helps him through the tough times:

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“I guess this is what comes with it. When you’re trying to work your tail off, there’s going to be negativity.

“But you know, they hated Jesus and I’m not Jesus so I don’t really worry about it.”

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2 thoughts on “Lamar Jackson’s Christian faith: Tattoos, prayer life and humble devotion”

  1. As a Bengals fan, I appreciate Lamar’s great talent but especially his faith and humility. He deserves the 2023 MVP and a Super Bowl Ring. God Bless you brother!

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