living prayers - contemporary prayers for today

contemporary prayers for today

prayer before bible study

The psalmist declares "Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path" (Psalm 119:105, NLT). So when we come to study the word of God together, we can thank God for his remarkable gift of the bible to us - writings which have inspired and spoken to generations upon generations of people from every culture and walk of life imaginable. On this page there are two short prayers which invite God by his Holy Spirit to speak, challenge and equip Christians as they study together.

an inspiring opening prayer

The following is a short 2 minute film inviting God to take us together on the great adventure of faith:-

"May these ancient scriptures come alive within us"

Prayer before bible study group

As we open our bibles
We also open our hearts
That these words of truth may fall upon the very fabric of our lives.
May these ancient scriptures come alive within us,
To inspire, to heal, to cleanse, to teach
To restore and to guide our hearts and minds.
Lord, come weave your words of life in us.


Opening prayer for bible study

We gather together to learn, to grow and to change
Help us to move into a deeper understanding of your truth.
We lay our lives down before you and ask that you would move amongst us.
May we all feel safe with each other.
Safe to think and question
Safe to ask for help
And safe to share our lives with you, our loving heavenly Father.


A Closing Blessing

(the "Grace Prayer" is a popular closing prayer from the Methodist tradition. This is often spoken by the congregation by the way of a blessing to each other at the close of a service or meeting.)

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all,
now and evermore.



further reading

arrow rightopening prayers
two inspirational prayers for starting church meetings or Christian events with.

arrow rightclosing prayers
various blessings and prayers suitable for ending meetings and worship services.

arrow rightprayer before meals
several modern prayers to use as blessings before lunch or dinner.

arrow rightthe ACTS prayer model
A short guide to the A.C.T.S model of prayer (adoration, confession, thanksgiving & supplication).


Tranquil instrumental music suitable for playing in the background as you study God's word:-

quotes about reasons for studying the bible

"All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living, so that the person who serves God may be fully qualified and equipped to do every kind of good deed."

(2 Timothy 3:16-17, GNT)

"For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."

(Hebrews 4:12, NIV)