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Does this scenario sound familiar?
You sit down to do study the Bible and you see:
Half full coffee cup, open Bible, and beautifully hand-penned notes… and you think, “Photo opt!” You take your picture, perfect it, share it, and then carry on with your day.
And you never think about finishing the Bible study.
As a work at home mom of two little boys, I find myself ending Bible studies with a diaper change, by starting another pot of coffee, or the photo opt like I mentioned above. It is time to be more intentional.
We live in a fast paced age, and when we don’t live on purpose, important things fall to the wayside. How do we do be intentional with our Bible study time? We begin with the expectation of ending by closing in prayer.
Whenever you have set aside time to get into the word of God (in the morning, your lunch hour, or cozy bedtime), you need to prepare. Follow this checklist:
- Turn your phone on airplane mode
- Set a timer
- Take a deep breath and say, “Thank you God for this time.”
You don’t have to say that verbatim but be sure to greet God. He loves you, don’t just throw your “gimme” list at Him.
Try eliminating all distractions by studying in a spot where no one can bother you. A secluded area of the lunchroom, the library, or the bathroom will work; yes, Jesus will meet you in the bathroom.
Once your timer goes off, or your attention is needed somewhere immediately, take a deep breath, especially if you were abruptly interrupted, and use one of the following 5 closing prayers for Bible studies:
(if the house is on fire, I would skip the deep breath, these examples, and shout “Sweet Jesus, put out the fire!”)
- God, thank you for this time. Thank you for your word. I pray for these words to be written on my heart and to echo in my mind for the rest of the day (or while I sleep). Amen.
- Holy Spirit, thank you for leading me into truth. Please bring these words to my remembrance when I need them, so I can walk the way Jesus walked. Amen.
- Jesus, thank you for dying for me. Teach me to obey these words so that I honor your sacrifice and walk in a way that people will want what I’ve found in You. Amen.
- Father, teach me how you want me to apply Your word in my life. Show me where I need to specifically change so that I look more like Jesus. Amen.
- Thank you for this time God, I’m never going to say amen. I will keep talking to you throughout the rest of my day.
These closing prayers for Bible studies are pretty simple, right?
It isn’t a magical formula that you have to do “Just Right” or God will be mad at you. The act of being intentional is what will please God, not wordy prayers. Jesus actually encouraged people to pray in secret and to not have lengthy, hollow prayers (Matthew 6:6-7).
Feel free to alter these however you would like. You could thank God because your eyes were opened to something new (revelation) or the verses spoke to your heart.
God’s word is living and active (Hebrews 4:12), it is meant to be taken in bite size chunks AND in chapter form. Balance your Bible study time between meditating on a few verses for depth or by reading a chapter (or possibly a whole book) for the big picture.
Whatever you choose: be intentional, invest all of your focus, and pick one of the 5 closing prayers for your Bible study time.
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“Make every effort to preserve the unity the Spirit has already created, with peace binding you together.” (Ephesians 4:3)
Here is a wonderful prayer to use to close a meeting, church service, or any type of gathering! Use your departure as a time to thank God and ask for His protection and blessings.
Father, praise You for the gift of unity that the Spirit creates in our relationships! You place others perfectly in our lives, and inspire us as Christians to work together with the gifts that we have been blessed with. When we look at this meeting through Your eyes, we see Your gifts fostered in us to further Your plans.
Forgive us, Father, for the control and the credit that we grasp for in these meetings while planning and accomplishing projects together. We confess that honoring You through our work is not always at the forefront of our minds as we strive for end goals. In the spaces of our hearts that harbor envy and ambition, we prayerfully ask You to make room for humility and shared credit.
The church doesn’t stand on any one person’s’ shoulders. Not one of us can further Your plans on our own. But together, we can complement each other’s strengths and cancel out our weaknesses. As a team, a unified body focused on the gospel of Christ, we can do great things in Your honor as we were purposed to do.
Thank You for the ideas that You spoke life into here today, and for the courage of each voice that stood to be heard. In each one of us lies a puzzle piece. One by one, as we stand and speak and work, we see our individual pieces moving into place. We continue to strive for Your will, piece by piece, until You call us home.
Bless all of us in this meeting today. Each of us have a life outside of these walls. There are very real hurts that some are coping with, and needs of others that we ache to help with and meet. Take that stirring of love that we feel for each other and guide our steps to be faithful friends and extensions of Your love to those that You have seated beside pf and across from us today. As we bow our heads and lift up our plans to You, we pray that You bless our hearts and minds to know we have done well in Your eyes. We pray for your assurance that we are operating within Your will.
Lord, we believe that You will provide for us. We look forward to the ways that You will surprise and amaze us with Your faithfulness. The lives that You will touch and the people in this room You will use to brighten dark spaces and lift sad hearts. Our passion for discussion today is fueled by You, our Father, who with the same note of passion created us to be light to the world… color to dullness… life to dead places… and love to lost faces. Bless our work and our time. Guide our steps and our progress. Grant us the power of Your Holy Spirit to work together because it’s impossible to see past our human stubbornness without You.
Bless us Lord, as we leave here today, to take Your passion with us. Fan its flame after we part and inspire our best contributions. Remind us always of Your love, as we see our plans unfold and accomplish the goals we set here today.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit that dwells in us through our belief in Jesus, our Lord and Savior, inspire our hearts to seek You in Your Word daily. Grow us both individually and together, as we seek the peace of Your presence. Help us to walk faithfully and fiercely after Christ, reflecting His love. May we always lift our progress up to You, who holds the honor and glory for who we are and what we do. Use our lives, Lord, to reach those who desperately need to know You love them. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Meg Bucher writes about everyday life within the love of Christ on her blog, “Mom” is the most important calling on her life, next to encouraging others to seek Him first… authentically. A dance mom, occasional substitute teacher, and youth worship leader, she can often be found having some kind of an adventure in the small little lake town she resides in with her husband of ten years, two daughters, and their doodle-dog.
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