Prayer to start a meeting

It’s Monday.  Most of us have meetings to go to today or later this week.  Here is a prayer before a meeting.  It’s published on the St. Louis University Prayerbook, a site where members of the SLU community share prayers.

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.

For other prayers on this site, see the Prayers by St. Ignatius and Others.

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Good preparation before your event lays a solid foundation for a successful time together. Pray for the Lord’s direction as you answer several key questions:

Where?

Whether it is your home, at your church, or a room at your place of business, select a space that offers adequate seating for everyone as well as minimal distractions, such as ringing phones or “people traffic.”

When?

Will it be a one-time or a regular event? Keeping others in mind, choose the day, time, meeting length, and frequency.

For example, if you are gathering co-workers during the workday to pray, you might choose a weekly time of 30 minutes before work or during lunch.

Or, if you are hosting a one-time event with friends or church members, you might opt for an entire weekend afternoon of prayer. If you plan well and offer a variety of methods and techniques, meeting for as long as 4 hours can pass quickly.

What theme?

Will your meeting spotlight a particular part of the world, a specific group of prayer requests, or a special season of the year?  Choose something that is meaningful to you. For instance, your prayer meeting could concentrate on the missionaries your church sponsors or the importance of Easter.

Plan how to recruit others to make following-through that much easier.

Start by personally inviting those you know who are interested in praying with others. You can focus on a specific group, like neighbors, members of a small group or Sunday school class, or others who share a common interest.

You might also want to run an announcement in a church bulletin or newsletter. Advertising might require you to plan further ahead.

As the day approaches, do not forget to remind those you have invited about the time and location. You could also send them Bible verses about the purpose and value of prayer.

Schedule your praying time to keep it interesting and increase participation.

Your first agenda item might provide time to ready people to focus on prayer.

For example, some people will arrive with the need to get right in their relationship with God. Instructing the group to spend several moments in purposeful silence gives the opportunity for confession of sin and acceptance of God’s on-going forgiveness.

Setting this priority can greatly influence the effectiveness of your prayer meeting in the lives of all who participate.

Then, ask yourself, “How do I connect with God?” says Frank Samuelson of The Global Prayer Movement, a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ.

In other words, what methods, topics, or resources have been significant to you? What experiences have increased your desire to pray? You will lead others more effectively if you begin with what you know.

Add variety by breaking up times of prayer with worship, Scripture reading, and an assortment of prayer methods.

The Global Prayer Movement website is a practical resource for worldwide prayer requests, articles on prayer, and guidance on starting a prayer movement.

Make special arrangements by providing or asking others to bring needed materials.

Some helpful suggestions are:

  • Bibles for Scripture readings and use during prayer
  • Materials for writing down prayer requests, such as pads of paper and pens
  • Arrangements for worship, like a CD player or space for musical instruments
  • Refreshments, such as snacks, juice and coffee (especially if you are meeting for a longer period of time)

Create a few simple “ground rules” to help avoid certain pitfalls.

Remind the group that:

  • prayer is simply having a conversation with God
  • silence is okay
  • people should pray as they feel comfortable

Beginners will not feel pressured while the more experienced will be reminded of some basics.

Specific instructions for the different parts of your time may help others feel more at ease. For instance, before sharing personal requests, tell participants they will pray for the person on their left, thus giving them a “heads up.”

Or, you may find yourself struggling to balance the “talkers” with those who are quieter. Instruct the group to pray one-sentence prayers for a portion of your time.

Certain things may not happen the way that you would hope, like the number of people who show up or the flow of your time together. However, God promises to meet you wherever two or more gather in His name (Matthew 18:20). Expect Him to work in the lives of all who participate, especially your own.

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What is an Intercessory Prayer Group?

An Intercessory Prayer Group is a group of Christians who meet together to pray together for God’s Kingdom purposes and for His will to be carried out in the lives of His people, His church, and throughout the world. They pray for prayer requests that come from a variety of sources. The primary focus is on praying for the needs of those beyond the group members. Most groups have a broad agenda, but some have a more specialized focus, such as praying for our military, missions, law enforcement officers, an individual church, or a particular ministry.

Why start an Intercessory Prayer Group?

1.  You are called by God to do so.

2.  It is obedience to scripture.

3.  To advance the Kingdom of God in the world.

4.  The power of prayer is multiplied.

5.  It creates accountability.

Where does an Intercessory Prayer Group happen?

A group can meet at a church, in a home, at a workplace, over a telephone conference call, via an internet chat, or any other private location.

Who can start and/or participate in an Intercessory Prayer Group?

Anyone that the Holy Spirit calls can start and/or participate in such a group. One must have pure motives for being in the Intercessory Prayer Group and be able to practice confidentiality.

When does an Intercessory Prayer Group meet?

The group meets at a time convenient to all those involved and called to be a part of the ministry: very early morning, morning, over the lunch hour, afternoon, or evenings.

How do you start an Intercessory Prayer Group?

1.  Pray

  • to confirm God’s calling to start an Intercessory Prayer Group
  • for God to raise up laborers for the ministry with a pure heart
  • for discernment as to who to invite to partner with you
  • for God to put all the necessary details into place

2.  Write a purpose statement for the Intercessory Prayer Group.

3.  Identify a leader (this may or may not be the initiator of the group).

4.  Set Guidelines

  • covenant of confidentiality
  • set boundaries as to topics and/or types of requests

5.  Determine the place and the time to meet together to pray.

6.  Practice Strategic Praying. Have a plan for the flow of the prayer time.

7.   Keep a Prayer Journal of the requests and the answers. This gives glory and praise             to God’s workings and teaches us His ways.

8.  The leader should be a shepherd/shepherdess to the members.

9.  Persevere through the power of the Holy Spirit!

Tips / Notes: 

  • If not meeting in person (i.e., praying together through a conference call), occasionally gather together in person, if geographically possible, in order to build relationships and to fellowship.
  • In order to spend the time together in actual prayer (and not just talking about prayer requests), random conversation and the time used for the sharing of  requests during the prayer meeting must be gently but firmly controlled by the leader.

Background Scriptures:

2 Chronicles 7:14

Matthew 18:19-20

John 17 (Jesus’ intercession for us)

Acts 1:13-14; 2:42; 12:5 (the early church)

James 5:16

Those who may be interested in this Prayer Blueprint: 

prayer group leaders, pastors, church planters, ministry leaders

Gateways to Prayer involved:  Intercession Gateway.

To  find out more: 

Article:  “How to Start an Intercessory Prayer Group or Partnership”

Article:  “How to Pray Together Daily Using a Conference Call Prayer Line”

Article:  “How to Decide the Type of Prayer Group to Start”

Life Forum:  “Shepherding a Prayer Group”

Partners in Prayer by John Maxwell (book)

Pray in Faith by T. W. Hunt and Claude King (book)

Book review: What Happens When Women Pray by Evelyn Christenson

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Here is a collection of Prayers for Meetings of any kind: Business meetings, Sunday school meetings, church or family meetings, and prayer meetings.

Opening Prayer for Meeting

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!

Read our full collection of Opening and Closing Prayers

Prayer to Come to an Agreement

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!

Sunday School Meeting

O God, we thank You for this privilege of meeting
today in Your house. Help us worship You
acceptably. Bless Your word to us all.

Bless our pastor and people, in the name
of Your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.!

School Board Meeting Prayer

Loving and Gracious God, you are indeed the giver of all good gifts
and we thank you today for all your blessings, for the successful outcomes
of our school events and for all our staff members, both the teaching and
support members.

We ask that you bless them abundantly and we continue to seek your wisdom,
guidance, courage and strength. Be with us in our deliberations and help us
to be wise in the decisions we make for the good of all those who have placed
their trust and confidence in our leadership.

Give us insight to lead with integrity that our decisions may reflect what is
right and good. Keep us from short-sightedness and pettiness. Help us to make
decisions that are for the good of all and guard us from blind self interest.
Dear Lord, grant us the humility to always seek your will in all that we do and say.

All Glory be to you, loving God, now and always through Christ and the Holy Spirit
forever and ever. Amen.

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Family Meeting Prayer

Our family gathers today in joyous occasion,
thanks to our Lord who looks after us all.
Bless this happy meeting and may we all
be praised in Your gracious name!

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