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opening prayer

In the Gospels we are reminded time and again about the importance of prayer. The life of Christ is full of instances where he pauses to pray, sometimes with very simple prayers in the middle of life, at other times withdrawing in solitude to spend much longer periods of time with his Father in heaven. When we open meetings with prayer, we are following in this great pattern laid down by Jesus, that of always seeking first God's kingdom in all that we are and do.
Celtic Knot

This page has four examples of prayers you can pray for different life occasions and events. As well as the video prayer, there is also a short prayer suitable for printing in a program, a prayer for a meeting and an example of a simple prayer for opening a birthday party.

as we gather here

a prayer suitable for beginning a small meeting (e.g. bible study) or church service:-

prayer in this film

As We Gather Here

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 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.


(prayer courtesy

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Short opening prayer for a program
(e.g. suitable for a school event or graduation program)

Dear God,

As we come together today, we give you thanks for the good gifts you give us.
We ask for your guidance in our lives,
And we pray that your love would live amongst us.


Opening prayer for a meeting

(a prayer suitable for a bible study, worship meeting or church service)


May your goodness and love be present amongst us today.
Come bless our gathering with unity, hope and vision.
Lord, we pray for unity.
Build in us all a deep respect for one another so that your church may be one.
Lord, we pray for hope.
Come stir your hope within our hearts and renew our faith.
Lord, we pray for vision.
May your vision fill our lives as we seek to reveal your love.

We ask all this in the glorious name of Jesus.


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short opening prayer for a birthday party

Father God,

Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to be together and celebrate this birthday. May our time be filled with friendship, love and joy.


related film

Sunrise over field

morning prayer

A prayer to receive God's hope, love and joy for the day ahead.

related prayers

seminar room

more opening prayers

Including a sample seminar prayer and a prayer suitable for a school assembly.

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