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opening prayers


Remember God's promises!


According to Christ'a words as recorded in Matthew 18:18-20, when we open a meeting or some kind of Christian gathering, we can be sure of one thing - Jesus is present with us. Even if there's just two of us! And when we agree together in our prayers, God "goes into action" - He is eager to listen to us and respond to our heart felt cries to Him. So opening a meeting in prayer can be a remarkably important stage in the service or get together, for it reminds us of these important truths - that God is with us and that God is for us.



Sample Opening Prayer For a Church Service or Meeting


Father, thank you that you have brought each of us safely to this place
We gladly surrender our lives to you in worship and praise
As we gather we remember those who are not with us today
For those who are sick we ask for healing
And for those away from us we ask for your blessing to be on them

We invite Your beautiful Holy Spirit to move freely amongst us
Come dwell in each of our hearts
Equip us, challenge us, comfort us, teach us
Inspire us as we learn more about your majestic ways.

Father, as we meet now may we behold Your beauty and encounter your grace.
We ask all this in the wonderful name of Jesus.





Short opening prayer


Dear Father


Quieten our minds

Still our hearts

For your living ways are all we seek


Strengthen our lives

Inspire our spirits

In your living waters flow endless grace





further reading

more opening prayers

more prayers for meetings & an opening prayer for a seminar & school assembly, from


prayers for the end of class

with a rhyming prayer for primary school children to say.


prayers for ending meetings

two benedictions for closing a service or gathering with.


god grant me the serenity

"the serenity prayer" - the beautiful twentieth century prayer attributed to the Christian theologian Reinhold Neibuhr.






prayer for hope
A short inspiring prayer asking for God's hope and strength, accompanied by an instrumental version of "Be Thou My Vision":-
  "Inspire us as we learn more about your majestic ways"  

“What you say to one another is eternal. I mean this. When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.”


(Matthew 18:18-20, The Message)

bible verses for opening meetings

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.


(Hebrews 10:24-25, NIV)


As a deer gets thirsty
for streams of water,
I truly am thirsty
for you, my God.
In my heart, I am thirsty
for you, the living God.


(Psalm 42:1-2, CEV)

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