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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.




Opening prayer before worship

(suitable for the leader of a meeting to pray before a hymn or time of congregational praise or worship)


Lord, today we recall your faithfulness.
Thank you that you walk with us everyday, that you are with us in each moment.
Thank you that your promises are true and your goodness never fails us.


In this moment we come to you and we lay our lives before you.
May we worship and adore you with every fibre of our being.
May everything within us cry "Holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come".
And so today we join with all those who worship and confess you as Lord, from generations past and present, and with all the angels that sing in heaven of your greatness and beauty.


Lord we adore you.
Lord we love you.
Lord you are so precious to us.




n.b. This prayer is inspired by the prophet Isaiah's vision of worshiping angels recorded in Isaiah 6:3 and witnessed again by the writer of Revelation.


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









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"  
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.



“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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