Bible study opening prayer

Everyone needs some time to stop, read, and reflect on God. Grab a notebook and enjoy the journey.

Open my eyes that I may see
    wonderful things in your law.

Psalm 119:18

Pray that your eyes may be opened to the power of God and His Word.

  1. Do you realize that the scriptures are rich in wisdom and insight; powerful enough to open the most hardened and blinded hearts.
  2. Do you get insights from your own personal time with God or do you depend on other people’s?
  3. What new things has God revealed to you this week?

Make a list of things that you don’t have answers for and pray God will open your eyes and reveal things to you. Find at least 3-4 Scriptures to answer each concern.

15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.

16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

2 Kings 6:15-17

… to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

Acts 26:18

Pray to open the eyes of others.

  1. Do you have friends that help open your eyes to see the truth? (Help you turn from darkness to light.)
  2. Do you help to open your friends’ eyes to see God more clearly?  Do you pray that God will help you to do this effectively?
  3. Who have you prayed for that their eyes would be opened to see God more clearly?

Decide to make a Bible study for a friend that will help reveal some truth in their life.

Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.

John 4:35

Pray to see and help others.

  1. Did you pray today that God would help you make friends with someone who you can help?

Additional Scriptures for Further Study

  1. Genesis 21:19
  2. Isaiah 42:6-7
  3. Luke 11:9-10
  4. Mark 8:25

This is a prayer of the great church father Augustine, which he was accustomed to use after his sermons and lectures. I have updated the version found in NPNF 1,8, p. 683.

We now turn to the Lord God, the Father Almighty, and with pure hearts we offer to him, so far as we can with the little we have, great and sincere thanks.

With all our hearts we pray for his exceeding kindness:
– that of his good pleasure he would condescend to hear our prayers,
– that by his power he would drive out the Enemy from our deeds and thoughts,
– that he would increase our faith, guide our understanding, give us spiritual thoughts, and lead us to his bliss,
through Jesus Christ his Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Gary again: I don’t care how well you know the original languages, or what study method you use, or how many commentaries, and what preaching method – and I affirm them, one and all! – without prayer, there is no authentic Bible study or teaching.

bible study opening prayer

“Bible study – a work of prayer!” by Gary S. Shogren, PhD in New Testament Exegesis, Professor at Seminario ESEPA, San José, Costa Rica

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