prayer of illumination
The definition of "prayer of illumination"
What is a prayer of illumination? This kind of prayer is usually said just before reading a passage from the bible. It is a request to God asking Him to reveal His truth to us as we read and meditate on the scriptures. The apostle Paul states
that scripture can also train, challenge, teach and equip us. Before we read God's word we can invite the Holy Spirit to speak to us in this way.
This page offers two examples of illumination prayers, as well as a short film with an inspiring opening prayer.
Prayer of illumination
Help us as we read these scriptures together. Come bring your understanding and reveal your truth. Come open our minds, hearts and souls to all that these words of life offer us.
We long to be continually challenged, transformed and renewed by your word. May we hear your voice of life as we read and draw close to you.
Short prayer for illumination
Please use these scriptures to reveal more of your love, truth and promises to us.
In the name of Jesus we pray.
a short prayer suitable for opening a meeting or church service inviting God to come and inspire and equip His people:-
"Come bring your understanding and reveal your truth"
"Everything in the Scriptures is God's Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live. The Scriptures train God's servants to do all kinds of good deeds."
(2 Timothy 3:16-17, CEV)