We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! As we approach the new year, we want to start off 2019 by thanking God for all He has done in 2018. To do this, we are organizing a prayer meeting for our next open meeting on January 8th at 7pm in the library. Please come and join us as we pray for guidance and wisdom as we move forward into this new year.
Prayer for opening meeting
When a group of people come together to pray for the opening of a meeting, it can be an effective way to create a kinetic energy that will help facilitate communication and progress. Below are three specific prayers for opening meetings that can be used as inspiration or guidance.
1. Lord, open our minds and hearts to understand what you want us to do.
2. Enable us to speak with one voice and establish order.
3. May the meeting be anointed by your presence and your wisdom.
Purpose of prayer
Opening a meeting with prayer is an important way to connect with God and build unity within the group. Prayer can also be used to ask for guidance, forgiveness, and protection during the meeting.
When opening a meeting, it is best to start by offering a prayer together as a group. This allows everyone to join in and feel connected to one another. After the prayer, it is important to focus on what you want to discuss as a group. By opening with prayer, you can set the tone for the rest of the meeting and help build unity.
Guidelines for prayer
When praying for a group or an organization, it is important to remember the guidelines set forth by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 6:18-24.
First and foremost, prayer should be personal. That means that each individual believer should pray according to what is best for them, rather than following a prescribed format or formula.
Second, prayer should be constructive. That means that we should aim not only to address our concerns and needs but also to build up others in Christ.
Finally, prayer should be consistent. That means that we should continue to ask for God’s help no matter what the circumstances may be.
Purpose of Prayer
Prayer is one of the most common and important ways that people come together to ask for guidance, strength, and support. By opening up a prayer opportunity during your next meeting, you can help build a more cohesive team while also staying connected to the divine.
There are countless reasons why opening up a prayer opportunity during your next meeting can be beneficial. One of the primary purposes of prayer is to connect with our Higher Power, or God. Praying together can help foster cohesion within a team and provide support when needed. Additionally, praying can help us reflect on our goals, brainstorm new ideas, and access wisdom from beyond ourselves. As always, remember to be respectful of each other’s beliefs and pray for guidance in how to best serve the collective.
How to Pray
If you’re looking to start praying more, or want to perfect your prayer life, here are five tips for how to pray.
1. Set a timer for five minutes and start by focusing on your breath. This will help you relax and clear your mind.
2. Prayer can be comfortable and informal. Speak from the heart and simply say “God, thank you” or “Jesus, thank you” when you feel led to say something more.
3. Make time for prayer in your day-to-day schedule. Wake up each morning and spend a few minutes in silent prayer before getting ready for the day.
4. Use prayer as an opportunity to connect with God on a deeper level. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you in new ways, or to fill you with His peace and love.
5. Be patient with yourself – Prayer is an ongoing journey, not a destination. With practice, your prayers will become more personal and meaningful over time
Types of Prayers
There are many types of prayers that can be used for opening meetings. Below are six prayer types that could be used for this purpose:
1. Acknowledgement of Divine Presence
3. Invocation of Divine Guidance
4. Blessing and Protection
5. Prayers for the Meeting Participants
6. Closing Prayer
Prayer for Opening Meeting
When a group of people come together to share a common purpose, it can be an electric experience. The energy that is generated when people come together to work toward a common goal can be powerful and inspiring.
However, there is also the potential for this energy to be negative and destructive if not handled properly. When a group of people comes together with an intention that is not aligned with the collective good, the atmosphere can become tense and toxic.
If you are leading or participating in an opening meeting, it is essential that you maintain control of the energy in the room. There are certain prayers and affirmations that can help to create an atmosphere of positive synergy.
Here are some prayers to open up a meeting:
God grant us the wisdom to know what is best for us and the courage to do what is right.
Come into our meetings with your love and light shining down on us. We ask this in trust that you will guide us in our deliberations.
Guide our hands as we make decisions that will affect many people’s lives.
Fill us with your love so we may be gentle with one another and kind in word and deed.
May we remain openhearted and forgiving as we work
Blessing the Meeting
One of the most important aspects of any meeting is the blessing. A valid and effective meeting will be able to accomplish its goals if it is blessed by God. The following prayer can be used as a guideline to help bless your next meeting:
Dear Lord, we come before you today to ask that your presence be with us as we assemble to discuss the matters at hand. We ask that you open our minds to new possibilities, guide our hands in the work before us, and confirm your leading in this process. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Dear Friends and Family,
We have enjoyed our time together this morning. Thank you for coming to our closing prayer. We ask that you please bless us as we begin the journey home.
We would also like to thank all of the community partners who have contributed to this gathering, especially our worship team and pianist. Your contributions have meant a lot to us.
Finally, we want to ask for God’s grace as we enter into the next phase of our lives. Please keep each other in your prayers.