We, as Christians, know that prayer is a powerful tool to shape our lives and help others around us. Using prayer in conjunction with the Bible and a true understanding of scripture can be incredibly effective in opening up God’s word and a greater understanding of the way the Lord wants us to live.
These prayers for opening Bible study invite His divine grace into your meeting to start it on the right foot and provide guidance and inspiration. We’ve also included some Bible verses for Bible study itself to help motivate. You could also offer a prayer for reading the Bible to invite his angels to aid your understanding.
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Prayers for Opening Bible Study
We thank You, Lord, for the gift of Your Word. Bring us together in this Bible study and help us to hear Your teachings and guidance.
As we turn to scripture for understanding and guidance, bring us closer to You.
Acts 17:11 : Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.
As we open the Bible and study it, we pray that Your Spirit will guide us into all truth. Help us understand all that You offer us in scripture. Help us to listen to each other and guide us closer to You.
John 5:39 : You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me;
We pray that we would have humble hearts to receive what You would teach us. Allow us to be patient with ourselves and with others as we study your word, dear God.
Timothy 3:16 : All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
We pray that we would be quick to obey what You reveal to us. Let us fully see your meaning and apply these lessons to our lives. Might the Bible steer our thoughts and deeds as we do Your work.
Psalm 119:105 : Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
We pray that our minds would be renewed by the power of Your Holy Spirit so that we can think according to Your ways and not according to the ways of the world. Allow us to see your true meaning and guidance in scripture.
Timothy 1:7 : For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
We pray that we would be doers of the Word and not hearers only. Allow us to walk the path of Jesus Christ and as we pray to open this meeting, send Your divine angels to stand beside us and guide us.
Colossians 3:17 : And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
We pray that we would meditate on Your Word day and night so that we would not sin against You. Let these teachings show us the way that You want for us. Let it teach us right from wrong and lead us to live a life closer to Christ.
Hebrews 4:12 : For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
We pray that the words of our mouths and the thoughts in our hearts would be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord our Rock and our Redeemer. Stand with us and hear these words as we open this Bible study. Allow us to see deeper and further into Your words than ever before.
Psalm 119:11 : I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
We pray for wisdom and knowledge as we study Your words in the Bible so that we may understand and apply them to our lives in a way that pleases You. Let us live a life by Christ by following your word.
Timothy 2:15 : Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
We pray for courage to stand firm in what You have revealed to us, even when it is unpopular or opposed by others. Let us look beyond ego and see your true meaning in the Bible. Allow us to be real disciples of God.
Colossians 3:16 : Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Bible Verses for Opening Bible Study
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—
Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you.
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
Prayer Points for Opening Bible Study
- Pray that the Holy Spirit would guide you (and others in the Bible study) as you open the Bible and study it together.
- Pray that God would grant you wisdom and understanding as you read the scripture.
- Pray that the Bible study would be a time of fellowship and encouragement for everyone involved. Might it bring you all closer together.
- Pray that God would use Bible study to help people grow in their faith and knowledge of Him.
- Pray that people would be receptive to what God has to say to them through His Word. We must be open to his teachings if we are to gain from this study truly and that means setting aside our egos and agendas.
- Pray that God would speak to you through His Word and reveal His will for your life. Be open to this guidance.
- Pray that the Bible study would be a time of spiritual growth for everyone involved in the meeting.
- Pray that God would use this Bible study meeting to draw people closer to Him and that the understanding will help you draw others who need to hear His word.
- Pray that the Holy Spirit would convict people of sin and lead them to repentance.
- Pray that God would work in people’s hearts and change their lives for His glory.
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