Praying at a meeting is just one way to bring closure to your gathering and remind yourself that God is with each and every one of us. Giving worship to him and sharing love is just one way to pay homage through prayer. Here are a dozen examples of great invocation prayers for meetings to help inspire you.
Heavenly Father, we come to you today asking for your guidance, wisdom, and support as we begin this meeting. Help us to engage in meaningful discussion; allow us to grow closer as a group and nurture the bonds of community. Fill us with your grace, Lord God, as we make decisions that might affect the students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends of Saint Louis University. And continue to remind us that all that we do here today, all that we accomplish, is for the pursuit of truth for the greater glory of You, and for the service of humanity. We ask these things in your name, Amen.
We seek blessings on the tasks before us.
Bless our efforts with clear insight,
our deliberations with wisdom,
our work, with clarity and accuracy,
and our decisions with impartiality.
We gather to make decisions for our community.
May we use only our best skills and judgment
keeping ourselves impartial and neutral
as we consider the merits and pitfalls
of each matter that is placed before us
and always act in accordance with
what is best for our community
and our fellow citizens.
We gather together here today
intent on doing good work.
We seek to represent fairly and well,
those who have given us this task.
May our efforts be blessed with insight,
guided by understanding and wisdom.
We seek to serve with respect for all.
May our personal faiths give us strength
to act honestly and well in all matters before us.
We meet to serve our community,
to use our resources wisely and well,
to represent all members of our community fairly,
to make decisions that promote the common good.
We recognize our responsibility to the past and the future,
and the rights and needs of both individuals and community.
As trusted servants, we seek blessings on our deliberations,
and on our efforts here today, May we act wisely and well.
Today, may I be open to others’ ideas and beliefs,
respectful of our differences, not threatened by them.
May I grow in understanding of my own motives,
knowing that people often act out of their own fears.
May I be a force for replacing fear with insight,
helping us all to be patient and kind as we talk.
Strength, real strength, can always find compromise,
working together, may we find a common ground,
enable us to move forward with a shared purpose.
May we see what is truly important and unites us,
focusing on that, to banish road blocks of ego and fear,
today, may I be open to others’ ideas and beliefs.
Lord, we are meeting today to conduct matters of business. Guide our hearts and our minds in the spirit of fairness, right thought and speech. Impart your supreme wisdom upon our activities so that our affairs may reach a successful conclusion. Thank you for being our source of guidance today. Amen!
Dear God, we seek your help with our affairs today. Bless this meeting with your divine intelligence, and help us to make the best use of our own. We are of diverse opinion here. Yet we wish to mend our differences and reach agreement satisfactory to all.
Please share a little of your wisdom with us to help us do right by all concerned. Thank you for your Heavenly blessing. Amen!
We come before you today to give you honor and praise. You are worthy of praise. You are the source of all that is good. You are the source of all of our blessings. Thank you for every gift that we have been given.
We thank you for the opportunity to come and gather together this day. We ask for your hand of blessing on this meeting. We ask that you would guide and direct our meeting so that it is full of wisdom, productivity, and respect for one another. Thank you for helping us to accomplish our work and our goals this day. Amen
We come before you to welcome you to this meeting. We give you respect and acknowledge you as our Creator and Provider. It is you who are omnipresent. You are everywhere, Lord. It is you who are omnipotent. You have all power. It is you who are omniscient. You know everything.
God, as we begin this meeting, we ask that you would guide our thoughts and our actions so that we may have a successful meeting today. Help us to accomplish our goals while displaying your character. We pray these things in your mighty name. Amen
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.
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.
Prayer is an expression of the heart as you speak to God. Being specific in prayer is just one thing to remember when you consider reciting a prayer after a meeting.
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What to Do When Asked to Pray in a Public Setting
Invocation for a Public Meeting
After receiving more than 16,000 views of my previous hub “Sample Invocation”, I felt that another sample for a different context would be appropriate. This is based on more than 20 years of experience praying before local governmental meetings.
Preface to the prayer for the one giving the invocation: This prayer was designed for use as an invocation for a city council meeting. It can be modified to fit many other types of settings involving government bodies. As you prepare to modify it for your own use, keep these basic rules in mind:
- Understand the context. Is the event purely secular (non-religious), or within your particular faith circle? Make sure you employ a prayer-style and vocabulary which everyone can relate to.
- Be who you are. If you have been invited to pray, then do your best to represent your tradition or faith-community well. Make sure that you speak to God on behalf of the entire group.
- Pray for what is appropriate, given the occasion–and then stop. A rambling or repetitious prayer soon becomes offensive. Be very careful to abide by whatever time restraints have been put upon you.
- Make sure you pray in a voice that is slow and loud enough to be heard by everyone present. On the other hand, most people dislike a preachy or ranting tone in prayer.
- Be genuine. Far better than simply mouthing eloquent words, aim at true communication with God.
- There is nothing wrong with writing out your prayer beforehand. This will prevent saying something silly or unclear. If you read your prayer, put your heart and mind into the words you are saying.
- Remember, you are asking God’s blessing on the gathering in some way. That alone is enough to take the assignment very seriously.
So, Here Is the Template:
Will you bow your head as I pray?
Dear wise and loving Father: First let me say, “Thank you” on behalf of all who are gathered here today. Thank you for your many and abundant blessings. Thank you for life itself, for the measure of health, we need to fulfill our callings, for sustenance and for friendship. Thank you for the ability to be involved in useful work and for the honor of bearing appropriate responsibilities. Thanks as well for the freedom to embrace you or the freedom to reject you. Thank you for loving us even so– from your boundless and gracious nature.
In the scriptures, you have said that citizens ought to obey the governing authorities since you have established those very authorities to promote peace and order and justice. Therefore, I pray for our mayor, for the various levels of city officials and, in particular, for this assembled council. I am asking that you would graciously grant them:
- Wisdom to govern amid the conflicting interests and issues of our times
- A sense of the welfare and true needs of our people
- A keen thirst for justice and rightness
- Confidence in what is good and fitting
- The ability to work together in harmony even when there is honest disagreement
- Personal peace in their lives and joy in their task
I pray for the agenda set before them today. Please give an assurance of what would please you and what would benefit those who live and work in and around our beloved city of Fresno.
It is in your most blessed Name I pray, Amen.
I hope that this will be helpful and provide some clarity. Enjoy.
… A pop of writers on semiotics Sebeok and Eco
talk about semiotics Sebeok Global : it is a discipline that encompasses every possible area, from linguistics, history, etc. … Semiosis is global, no area can be excluded in this analysis.
Umberto Eco is opposed to this position: he believes that we must distinguish between natural semiosis semiosis and cultural . In semiotics
the natural relationship between the sign and its object is indeed attributed man, but as natural convection. Eco
For the specific field of semiosis is just to cultural, human, that what man can produce.
He also discusses the process of signification, or the process that exists only with a code that combines these entities and entities absent according to rules, then do not go by analogy (eg “no parking” is a cultural process entirely).
Today we move to a position further, going beyond the definition of Eco, cultural semiosis because it is still too large a container that loses the specificity of the various cultural environments.
no longer speak of a semiotic one, but multiple, based on fields that can be applied. Each area has its own semiosis made of rules, codes and meanings.