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Praying at the beginning of a meeting is a great way of reminding ourselves that God is with us, that He is at the centre of everything we do, and that the reason we are alive is to love and worship Him. Gathered together on this page are a number of prayers that can be used for opening meetings and Christian events such as church services, weddings and bible studies. There’s also a “how to” on writing your own prayer together with a sample opening prayer.
As we gather here in the harbour of your safety We thank you for fellowship and family. We ask that you will strengthen us, restore us and inspire us with your love.
Lord, would you fill us with your peace So that as we journey onwards We would pour out your love and grace to others. We ask that our souls would catch the wind of your spirit so that we would take your promises to all the earth. Amen.
Opening Prayer for a Meeting
We thank you for everyone gathered here now. Thank you that you know each of us by name and have caused us to walk with You. We say that we are dependant on You and our trust is in You completely.
As we surrender ourselves in adoration we ask that You would come by Your Holy Spirit and inspire our hearts today. Come fill our lives with Your love, Fill our conversations with Your grace and truth, Fill this meeting with Your presence. We ask this for Your glory and praise. Amen.
Opening Prayer for Worship or a Church Service
Dear Lord and Father,
Thank you that you promise us that where two or three are gathered you are there in the midst. Lord we welcome You amongst us today and celebrate the gift of life that you have lavished upon each of us.
We ask that You would open our ears so that we may hear your voice. Open our minds so that we may receive Your eternal wisdom. Open our spirits so that we may know Your leading and guidance. And open our hearts so that we may receive Your wonderful love. We ask all this in the glorious name of Jesus. Amen.
Opening Prayer for a Wedding Service
Lord God Almighty,
Creator of the heavens and earth. Thank you for the gift of marriage For all the joy and love that it brings us. We thank you for N. (bride) and N. (groom). Thank you that you have brought them together for this special day, And that you hold them safely in Your hands.
We pray that you would richly bless them as they exchange their vows and their wedding rings, And from this day forward they would walk hand in hand into everything that you have destined them to be. We give our hearts and beings to You now in adoration, And welcome Your Holy Spirit amongst us. Amen.
you have entrusted use as stewards of your creation Please guide our hearts as we make our decisions We seek you first in all we do together We give you our business, our suppliers, our customers and our workforce May we be always mindful of their service We confess that we are nothing without you And our trust is in you completely Amen.
Reference: Lord’s Prayer