Opening Prayer: 5 Top Prayers

Opening prayer being said by group of people sitting in a circle

5 Versions of Opening Prayer, along with Bible Verses

An opening prayer is the best way to start a meeting, Bible study, event, service of worship, or wedding.

When we pray before any type of gathering, we enable our hearts and minds to be in the best position possible.

We honor God by making it a priority to talk to Him first. And when we do that, we will be blessed.

Focusing on who God is and what He can do will prepare you for whatever is next on the agenda.

Welcome Him into your presence with any of the opening prayers below. May your gathering be blessed!

Opening Prayers

Meeting Opening Prayer

Father in Heaven,

Thank You for each person who is gathered here.

We know that You are here with us, and for that we are grateful.

We ask that this meeting would be blessed,

That it would accomplish what You want it to.

We ask for Your wisdom and continual instruction.

May the decisions made today be guided by You.

We make plans, but we know that You direct our steps.

We will do all of the work You set before us

And leave the results up to You.

In the name of Christ we pray,


For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. Matthew 18:20

Bible Study Opening Prayer

Holy Redeemer,

Thank You for being here in our presence.

Each person who has gathered for this study is a blessing.

During our discussion today, help each of us to be honest and vulnerable.

Help us to learn what You want us to, we want to grow spiritually.

May we think about how we can encourage one another.

We want to be full of love for others, following the example of Your Son.

Our desire is to be the light of the world, to be ambassadors for You.

May we glorify You in the way we live.


But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. Hebrews 3:13

Event Opening Prayer

Mighty God,

We are thankful for the gift of another day.

You created it, please help us to make the most of it.

We pray for Your blessing to be upon this event,

That You would give us Your favor and grant us success.

We know that You can do far more than we ask or imagine.

As we continue on, may we keep our eyes fixed on You.

Thank You for all Your blessings.


How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! Psalm 133:1

Service of Worship Opening Prayer

Compassionate Father,

During this worship, please help us to be fully present.

We want our focus to be on You without any distractions.

You are love – help us to remember that we are nothing without You.

We are eternally grateful for the sacrifice of Your precious Son.

The fellowship that we enjoy together is such a blessing.

May our hearts be filled with hope and with Your peace.

As we go about our day, may others see Your love shining through us.

In Jesus’ name we pray,


And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25

Wedding Opening Prayer

Gracious and Merciful God,

We love You dearly, and we lift Your name on high.

Marriage is such a remarkable gift, and we thank You for it.

We know it has the divine purpose of reflecting the union of Christ and His church.

Thank You for (name of the Bride) and (name of the Groom).

May Your blessing, favor, and protection be upon them

As they say their vows and exchange wedding rings.

May they always walk closely together with their eyes on You.


Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2

Opening Prayer: 5 Top Prayers

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Thank you, and it is my prayer that you have a very blessed day! ❤

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This video is a short version of an opening prayer. The words are not spoken, but the words could be written down on a piece of paper or read aloud from the video. Have a very blessed gathering!

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