living prayers - contemporary prayers for today

contemporary prayers for today

prayer before bible study

an open bible being studied

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 opening prayer examples which invite God by his Holy Spirit to speak, challenge and equip Christians as they read and study together. There are also two beautiful closing prayers for leading your bible study time.

Prayer before bible study group

As we open our Bibles we also open our hearts. May these words of truth fall upon the very fabric of our lives. Father, we pray that these ancient scriptures would 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. Amen.

opening prayer for bible study

A short inspiring prayer suitable to play before a bible reading:-

Opening prayer for bible study

Almighty God, as 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.


open bible

"As we open our bibles, we also open our hearts"

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.


Closing Prayer After Meeting

Father, thank you for all the marvelous things you have done today.
Thank you for your love that you have revealed to us,
And for the love that we share together as your body.

We pray for all the words that you have sown into our hearts this day.
Watch over them, protect them.
May they take root and produce wonderful things,
Things of beauty and great blessings to many.
And as we leave this place now, thank you that you walk with us.
May we be alert to your promptings
And live in your endless love.
For yours is the kingdom, the power and glory
In this age and forevermore.


"May these ancient scriptures come alive within us"


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


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).

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)