Prayer Before 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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Jim Manney

Senior Editor at Loyola Press
Jim Manney is a popular writer on Ignatian topics (God Finds Us, A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer) as well as the editor of many books on Ignatian spirituality, including What Is Ignatian Spirituality? He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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58 Comments on Prayer Before a Meeting

  1. chanty d. barber // July 27, 2010 at 8:32 pm // Reply

    I appreciate your prayer and it helps me a lot for leading the prayer

  2. Dina Diez Santiago // February 16, 2011 at 11:56 am // Reply

    Thank you for posting this prayer. This is a very good guide as I am about to lead a prayer for our conference.

  3. lani lopez // May 8, 2011 at 12:57 am // Reply


  4. archie caibigan // August 12, 2011 at 1:28 am // Reply

    powerful prayer!

  5. komugisha.areneus // August 16, 2011 at 12:23 pm // Reply

    thank for yo prayer ,its good and it helped me as am leading prayer in the meetings

  6. juliet sanchez // August 25, 2011 at 6:14 am // Reply


    A nice prayer …..

    More power and Godbless….

  7. owie balabbo // September 9, 2011 at 9:04 am // Reply

    ..thank you..nice and unique prayer..GODBLESS!

  8. very beautiful prayer

  9. Thanks for posting this prayer. I am assigned to lead a prayer this afternoon before a meeting of non-governmental organizations. This ia well-organized prayer

  10. cynthia inocencio // September 28, 2011 at 7:16 am // Reply

    It has always been said that prayer can move mountains, this prayer is a most fitting opening for our important meeting.Thank you very much!

  11. corinthians urriquia // November 3, 2011 at 1:24 am // Reply

    thanks for posting this wonderful prayer.

  12. ELENA R.SEROJE // November 14, 2011 at 7:48 am // Reply





  13. Thank you so much for the wonderful Prayer

  14. Samuel Oryem // December 8, 2011 at 7:38 am // Reply

    This is one of the greatest things in my life. I have just got a new job and one of the requirements is to lead a prayer in a meeting. I would not have accomplished this without a powerful prayer… Thanks

  15. thank you very much,am now well equiped and ready to lead a prayer on tuesday

  16. MS.Abhilasha // January 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm // Reply

    very soulful and meaningful prayer.thanks.

  17. Thanx for the prayer ,this is a real equipment ,as a starter for meeting.

    May the Lord God bless u.

  18. Thank you for the prayer. I make this as my guide for tomorrow’s meeting in our organization. This is powerful that I think it will enlighten their minds before the meeting.

  19. That your prayer was good and simple.

  20. Thank you for the prayer. It is very helpful for someone like me who is un prepared.

  21. thank you for posting this prayer. Iam really benifitted by this prayer.

  22. betty nony // March 28, 2012 at 9:39 am // Reply

    Thank you for posting such a great prayer. This will help in our meetings when chosen to lead. It is a good starting point for me who didnt know how to pray. thanks

  23. Cynthia Francisco // April 14, 2012 at 5:55 am // Reply

    Thank you for a wonderful prayer ! It inspires me to pray more and to get closer to our Lord. May our good Lord continuously bless all of you !

  24. Rubenita l. Ubas // May 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm // Reply

    Thank you for posting this wonderful prayer..God bless us all.

  25. Thank you! for this is a great prayer that i may use for tomorrow’s conference….

  26. elbester nongbri // September 22, 2012 at 9:13 am // Reply

    thank you for posting this prayer.this give us anidea how to praY

  27. thank u for this meaningful prayer……this gave me an idea how 2 pray

  28. very nice prayer..

    thanks for this..

  29. Thanks for this prayer. that would help me as I begin to handle a Dgroup.

  30. Thank you for posting this very meaningful,precise opening prayer..

  31. thanks, for this opening prayer. it will help us a lot to understand the meaning of what we are doing.

  32. DaMarco E. // March 4, 2013 at 2:01 pm // Reply

    Thanks for this. I am going to make use of it tonight before our meeting.

  33. Maribel Cayao // March 15, 2013 at 6:49 pm // Reply

    Powerful one.Thank You!

  34. nice prayer! will adapt this to our meeting today.

  35. Thank you for this prayer! Very nice… changed it up a bit to suit a meeting for today. Very thoughtful. Blessings…

  36. Thank you very much! it was a great help…. Iwas assigned to lead a prayer tom for a conference …

  37. derekengavinjesse // August 15, 2013 at 10:00 am // Reply

    thank you! will say this prayer in our meeting

  38. raymund morada // September 18, 2013 at 11:43 pm // Reply

    thank you! for sharing your prayer,.

  39. thezzlongakit // October 18, 2013 at 1:02 am // Reply

    I’m so happy to read your touching prayer….since at 3 p.m. today I will be leading an Opening Prayer for our Cooperative Board Meeting….

  40. thank you…st.ignatius of loyola ..
    powerful prayer..

  41. emmaculate odonya // February 28, 2014 at 11:12 pm // Reply

    that is a great prayer thank you

  42. Dorothy Brown // March 2, 2014 at 6:47 pm // Reply

    Thank you for such a wonderful prayer, I will recite it in our City Board Meeting Tuesday night.

  43. Thanks for posting this prayer…… “More things are wrought by prayers than this world dreams of”………. i’ll recite this tomorrow as we begin our prayer

  44. kojo owuso // April 22, 2014 at 5:46 am // Reply

    thanks for posting this prayer

    i always lead a prayer congregation

  45. thanks for the prayer.. Its a big help.

  46. Thanks for the prayer

  47. Thanks for this inspirational prayer..

  48. leonalyn V.Ramillano // July 21, 2014 at 7:16 am // Reply

    Thank you for this wonderful prayer…

  49. Nancy Vutagwa // September 11, 2014 at 5:59 am // Reply

    Am grateful for the prayer it has really helped me to plan for the prayer that am to make this Sunday. Thank you and may God bless you .

  50. thanks for the prayer. will borrow this for tomorrows meeting.

  51. solomon asaba // May 22, 2015 at 8:19 am // Reply

    Thank you for the great work your are doing to help others learn how to prayer effectively at the start of meetings, am amazed at how people are sending feedback. you have really helped many of us!
    keep up the good spirit of ministering to others.

  52. kingsley Ac // May 26, 2015 at 1:08 pm // Reply

    how wonderful an opening prayer can be….i sure can use this anywhere

  53. Carol Nixon // August 18, 2015 at 7:17 am // Reply

    Thank you for your prayer samples as I have to open our meetings in prayer now. It has helped me. Again God bless and thank you.

  54. Tammy Fleischut // August 25, 2015 at 6:10 pm // Reply

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful words of prayer. I will share with my committee as we begin our mission to help a sister parish in Haiti. God Bless!

  55. Thank you for posting this prayer. I chose this prayer because it’s well fitting for our group and really helped us enlighten our thoughts and mind.

  56. Namugambe Catherine // January 29, 2016 at 2:49 am // Reply

    Thanks for this grateful.

  57. Thank you for posting this prayer. I will be saying one of my first prayers for a ministery meeting and this prayer is right on time for the meeting. Be blessed!

  58. I find this prayer to be very powerful as it is simple, easily understood and straight to the point: it can be easily adapted to any Catholic organization, or indeed any Christian organization.

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