If you’re looking for a prayer to begin your time together, we hope to assist you in finding the right words! Using an opening prayer to focus your purpose is a great way to focus your purpose whether you are preparing for an important meeting, a bible study group, or church worship. The Bible emphasizes the importance and power of prayer, and even Jesus paused to pray frequently! We are inviting God into our presence and seeking His glory when we seek to open our meeting time in prayer.
Whether you’re heading into a work meeting that requires guidance and wisdom, or a small group or church gathering, these opening prayers will help you focus on God’s will. These brief prayers will assist you in inviting the Holy Spirit into your hearts and minds and blessing your time together.
Instead of building up worry and anxiety as we try to predict an unknown future, Paul exhorts us to “pray about everything in every way you know how!” VOICE (Ephesians 6:18). Consider what our daily situations might look like if we paused to pray into and about them more feverishly. You can use these prayers to start a business meeting, church service, or family event by asking God for guidance and blessing.
Prayer has the power to change our circumstances. It has the power to move God’s heart. And I believe that prayer can sometimes help us understand our situations rather than change the outcome. As we seek God’s wisdom and Truth, our hearts change.
We’d like to share a few of our favorite opening prayers with you. If you’re nervous about praying in front of a group, read these words again and ask God to give you peace and boldness. May these prayers uplift those gathered and strengthen your faith. God can and will work through you and those who have come together for His glory.
Opening Prayers Perfect for Meetings, Church, and Events
Simple Opening Prayer
We gather here today under your care and protection, Father God. Thank you for your kindness, which never fails us. We thank you for those who are with us, and we ask that you guide our thoughts and actions to bring you glory. Fill us with your strength and peace. May we love and serve one another as Jesus did. Fill us with the Holy Spirit so that we can carry out your good works on Earth. Amen.
Lord Jesus, you are deserving of all honor and glory. Help us to love like you and act wisely so that others will be drawn to your salvation and hope. May we encourage and build each other up today as we give you all the glory!
Father of Mercy, Thank You for this invitation to be transformed in Your presence by Your presence; heart, mind, and soul. I am a part of You. I require Your assistance. I adore You. I adore You. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
Prayer for a Firm Foundation
Eternal God, you are our Rock, the solid foundation upon which we build. You give gifts to your congregation for the benefit of the church. You equip and train your people to carry out the good works you have planned ahead of time for us. We ask that you provide wisdom, guidance, and direction as we meet today. Remind us that you are our loving ally, our fortress, our tower of strength, and our rescuer. Everything we require can be found in you. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen
Prayer for a Meeting
Dear God, we thank you for everyone who has gathered here today and ask that your powerful, life-changing presence surround us. Thank you for loving each of us and inviting us to walk alongside you. We come before you today to declare our reliance on you. Be a light to our path and a lamp to our feet. Fill our hearts with your love, and our words and conversations will be filled with truth and grace. All of these things we ask in praise and adoration of You. Amen.
Thank You, Father, for sending Your son, Jesus Christ, to die in our place and pay the penalty for our sins. We can never thank You enough for Your grace, mercy, and love. We want to give you everything we have. Lead and direct us on the right path today and every day. We want to be of service to you and your Kingdom. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
God the Father, Thank you for influencing our lives and our mission with your truth. Open our eyes to see the opportunities to serve you and grow in your blessings and favor all around us. Bless our time together, sharpen our minds, soften our hearts, and make it count for you.
Prayer for Christ to Inhabit our Praises
You are worthy of all our praise, Lord, our God. You are the God who never breaks his promises. We thank you for revealing your love, justice, mercy, provision, and victory through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. You are the God who helps those who are burdened. You are God, and you provide for your children. Our desire is to praise you for the rest of our lives. As we gather today, inhabit our praises. Amen. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Prayers for Bible Study
Heavenly Father, we believe and trust your Word; we want to grow in you and understand your promises to us every day. We give you our time together and ask that you heal and restore us as we study your Word. We desire a more profound faith. We’d like to meet with you and get to know you better. So, as we read Scripture today, we say “yes” to what you want to show us. Amen
Jesus, Thank You for putting people in our lives who love us and pray for us. Help us to have strong faith and to use it to love and help others. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
Thank you, God. Thank you for this lovely group of people who have gathered to study your Word. Today, please help us, to be honest with each other and with you. Give us the courage to be open and honest with those we trust. We want to know the hope, freedom, and peace that comes from confessing ourselves to you and others. In the name of Jesus, amen.
Prayer for the Spirit to Work
Dear Lord, please fill us with Your spirit as we rise to face each new day. Let us spread love, joy, peace, goodness, and faithfulness wherever we go. Let us aspire to be more like you and to worship you in everything we do. Help us to desire these things far more than the sin that tempts us. Thank you for always being ahead of us. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
Opening Prayer for Worship and Church
Dear Jesus, you are the originator and perfector of our faith. You both save and sustain us. Help us to believe in you and worship you whether we have a lot or a little. May our adoration bring you glory and serve as a reminder of your promises. Lord, we love you, we seek your presence, and we only worship you.
Father God, we come before you today, confessing our need for you and laying down our pride and arrogance. We prostrate ourselves at your feet and worship you alone. We are nothing without you. Teach us how to worship you in complete honesty. Fill us with your Spirit as we praise you with our mouths.
Lord, Your Word tells us that You hear our prayers. We are pleading with You, humbling ourselves before You, and seeking Your face. We gather as a congregation to seek You. We repent and turn away from our evil ways, and we thank You for hearing us. Thank you for Your mercy and healing.
God, We ask for your assistance in being a light in every path you’ve given us. Give us compassion and wisdom as we live and work together. Help us to put the needs of others ahead of our own, and to always be ready to serve those around us through the power of your love within us. Give us your joy, Lord, your grace, and the powerful presence of your peace even in the dark and broken places where we feel like we’re barely getting by.
Thank You, Father God, for this Sunday. Lord, we come to you first and foremost with grateful hearts. You got us through another week, and now we’re on the verge of a new one, full of new beginnings. Lord, help us to begin this exciting journey with You. Instill in us a strong desire to deepen our relationship with You. Remind us that we worship and come before You not only on Sundays; rather, it is through daily communion with You through relationship and prayer.
Prayer Against Evil and Temptation
We thank you, Father God, for your love and faithfulness to your children. We thank you for being a perfect, holy, and trustworthy God who is greater than all the evil we see on Earth. We beseech you to give us eyes to see evil, hearts to hate evil, and a desire to flee from its presence. We pray that you will not lead us astray, but rather deliver us from evil and draw us closer to yourself. We pray for the long-awaited Jesus to return and make all things new. We pray in His precious name. Amen.
Prayer for a Wedding Ceremony
Dear Jesus, On their wedding day, I pray that their hearts will unite as one with You in their desire to make You the center of their lives. May this day mark the beginning of something wonderful, a celebration unlike any other. May their love, like the wedding rings they will wear, be a never-ending circle. Grow that love relationship into one that is patient and kind, not boastful or proud, unselfish and trusting, and a love that protects and perseveres through all of life’s seasons.
Lord, This wedding day marks the start of a journey you’ve planned for each of us since the beginning of time. Our lives are in your hands, and we will follow you wherever you go. Let us run the race marked out for us with perseverance, fixing our gaze on Jesus, the pioneer, and perfecter of faith. Knit our hearts together so that we can all follow you as one.
Keep us from deviating to go our own way. Make us all think alike, with common hopes, dreams, and resolve for the future. May we never be tempted to turn away from you. But if one of us is led to go, the other will gladly go, and if one of us is led to stay, the other will gladly stay. Let us accept each other’s friends and family as our own. Fill us with a deep faith in you that will last forever. Bring us all together until we see you face to face. Amen.
Lord, On this happy day, we wish to live a long life together. While death will eventually separate loved ones, we are already aware of other threats to our union. We pray for grace and assistance as you unite us so that nothing or no one can tear us apart.
Lord, We believe you are the creator of our story and our marriage. You will make us one flesh all the days of our lives in your holiness and power. You exhort us to steadfast love that never fails. We thank you for bringing us all together as one.
A Prayer of Blessing
Thank you for your wonderful love and blessings in our lives. Thank you for your unending favor, which lasts for the rest of our lives. Forgive us for forgetting that you are intimately familiar with all of our ways, that you know what concerns us, and that you protect us like a shield. We seek your guidance so that we may fully experience your blessing and goodness today. We request that your face shines on us. That you would open the right doors for our lives and the lives of our loved ones, close the wrong doors, and protect us from those we need to avoid.
Establish the work of our hands and complete all that you have assigned to us these days. We ask that you, in your goodness and love, make our path clear and our steps firm. Give us a wise heart to hear your voice, and make us strong through your abundant favor and grace. In the name of Jesus, Amen.