Are you looking for a closing prayer for Bible study? How about 45?
We have created a mega-guide of closing prayers for any Bible study. Prayers for any type of mood you’re in after reading the Bible, prayers for individual study, group study, and more. (See the Table of Contents below to get more of an idea of where to look!)
We also made it incredibly easy in a few ways:
One thing you will notice about all of these prayers is that they are incredibly short closing prayers. Another thing that you will notice is that almost all of them have a reference to Scripture. This is on purpose.
By making these prayers short, not only do they reference scripture but they will also be easier to memorize. If you can memorize even a handful of them, it will help naturally with closing prayers for Bible study. (If you get to the end, we have a specific section of praying Bible verses so you’ll be able to memorize Bible verses as you pray too!)
What is a closing prayer to a Bible study?
Before you get started though, it may help to answer the question: What is a closing prayer for Bible study? A closing prayer to a Bible study is making sure that you end your Bible study time with God in your heart.
That may sound silly- we’re focused on God the whole time we are studying the Bible, aren’t we?
The truthful answer is sometimes.
Sometimes we are one hundred percent in, devoted to God as we read the Bible. Yet other times we are human. We are easily distracted. We may have a bunch going on in our heads and our hearts, even if our intentions are good and solely focused on Jesus.
Yet I am a firm believer that God can speak to us through His word no matter where our headspace is. Even if we don’t get 100% of everything, I believe if we sit down to talk to God that He can give us even enough to get us through the day. It’s almost like His word can become our manna- enough even if it is just for the day.
So for that reason, ending in prayer is a wonderful way to end with God.
Even for the days that you are very focused on His word, ending with prayer is a peaceful way to end your time with God, and a reminder that it is not truly an end time with God, but just the beginning.
So let us try out some of these closing prayers for Bible study- whether you are praying individually or in a group- below!
Individual Bible Studying Closing Prayers
How do you close a Bible reading?
The best way to close a Bible reading is with God on your mind and in your heart. We offer these short prayers through the rest of this article to close with God’s word that has hopefully moved from the page to your mind and your heart.
What should I pray after reading the Bible?
John 1:1 says, “ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
When you read God’s Word, it is a way of being with God. When you pray after reading the Bible, you do pray for a few things:
- To have God reveal to us what He intended His word to say
- To help apply it to our lives
- To make sure we truly end our time with God focused on Him
- To help us carry His word with us so that we don’t leave it in the Bible- that we go out in the world living it.
Here are some prayers below categorized by different situations you may be facing.
Closing Prayers for Bible Study
Prayer for God to Reveal Himself
Our prayers come from Bible verses so we know that we are praying God’s truth. In all of these prayers for God to reveal Himself, if it is based on a Bible verse I will reference that Bible verse with quotes. All quotes are NIV unless otherwise stated.
If a quote is directly a Bible verse, it will be in quotes, and also referenced.
- Dear Lord, I don’t want the spirit of the world. I want the Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 2:10-16). Help me see less of what the world finds important, and more of what you find important. We know that the importance of your spirit lies in Your word. I ask that through Your word, You reveal what You want me to get from this. In your name I pray, Amen.
- O God, since the creation of the world, your invisible attributes have been clearly seen (Romans 1:19). You reveal your eternal power. Help me not know you as God, but to glorify knowing you as God. (Romans 1:20-23) Let the words I read today jump out at me to turn my heart constantly and consistently to you that you may reveal yourself and your will. Amen.
- Dear God, I have read Your word and it is good. Reveal Yourself to me now and throughout the next few days, and help me use that to become more like You. Help this living hope purify myself to be more Christlike (1 John 3:2-3). In your name we pray, Amen.
- O Mighty God, You are the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). Now that I have read Your word, help me to live in your ways, your truth, and your life as You continually reveal yourself. Amen.
- Dear Lord, let Your words mix with my increasing faith that I may see the ways that you reveal Yourself. Amen. (Hebrews 4:2)“The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” Amen. (Deuteronomy 29:29)
- “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Amen. (Romans 5:5)
Prayers to apply God’s Word to our lives
- Dear Lord, help me to prove that I am a doer of the Word instead of just a hearer. Let me not be like the man that looks in a mirror, then forgets what he looks like when he looks away. Amen. (James 1:22-25).
- Lord, I ask for the word of Christ to richly dwell within me. Help this turn my heart toward thankfulness to you. Amen. (Colossians 3:16)
- O God, help me persevere in Your teaching. Amen. (2 Peter 1:3-4)
- Dear God, I was once in darkness, but now through Your spirit and Your word, I walk in your light. Keep me focused on walking as a child of the light. In your name I pray, Amen. (Ephesians 5:8)
Closing prayer when I’m trying to get in the habit of reading the Bible
- Dear God, help me to continue to do this without grumbling or arguing (Philippians 2:14). Remind me of how much Your word fulfills me, Amen.
- May I walk in your precepts (Psalm 119:56) and never finish that walk. Amen.
- O Lord, help me to keep your law continually, forever and ever, Amen. (Psalm 119:44)
Closing prayer when I’m still confused/trying to discern God’s Word
- God, I ask today that you aid me in submitting myself to you. I resist the devil, please send him away from me. Amen. (James 4:7)
- Dear Lord, help me to lean on you with my whole heart and not on my own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)
- Even though I am still trying to discern, I will not fear, for you are with me. Help me to not be dismayed because you are my God, and that I am certain about. (Isaiah 41:10)
- O Lord, you have not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and self-discipline. Help me to use all of those things this week, Amen. (2 Timothy 1:7)
Prayers for carrying His message out to the world
- Lord, today I ask for you to help me prepare. Prepare my heart to give an answer to everyone who asks me about You. Help me to explain the hope that you have. I ask that you remind me to do this with gentleness and respect, Amen. (1 Peter 3:15)
- God, I end reading Your word today as a reminder that I am your ambassador (2 Corinthians 5:20). Thank you for that honor.
Closing Prayer For Group Bible Study
Sometimes we want closing prayers for Bible study that is in a group setting. I understand this as I used to be the one that would silently beg for someone not to call on me to “end us in prayer”.
A great end prayer for a group Bible study is from Nehemiah 5:24-26:
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
Struggling for volunteers to pray at a group Bible study? Try this trick!
Are you a part of a group Bible study and struggle for a volunteer to pray at the end? A great way to have people pray a closing prayer for Bible study is by using the guideline below:
- Thank you for (something about the day)
- Thank you for (something specific that was learned)
- Lord, please be with us when
26 Short Bible Verses to Pray As Closing Prayers to A Bible Study
One small change that has been HUGE for my prayer life is to pick a small Bible verse and use it as a prayer to close out a Bible study.
The reason why this is super helpful is that it helps me to:
- Memorize smaller Bible verses
- Pray with God’s words instead of my own
- Bring comfort to the end of reading the Bible for that moment
Here are 26 short closing prayers for a Bible study. They are short on purpose and stick extremely close to the Bible verse. However, I put the Bible verse at the end just for reference for you.
O Lord, May I put You and Your word first. Help me to have no idols in front of You and Your everlasting love, Amen.
(You shall have no other Gods before me. Deuteronomy 5:7)
Thank you, Lord, for giving me Your Word so that I can always seek you. Thank you for answering with your Word. May it deliver me from worldly fears this week, Amen.
(I sought the Lord, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4)
Lord, help me to use Your Word to use your strength and might throughout the rest of this week instead of my own, Amen.
(Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Ephesians 6:10)
1 Thessalonians 5:16
May your words help me to rejoice always, Amen!
(Rejoice always! 1 Thessalonians 5:16)
Thank you O Lord for Your Word. Let it help me put my trust in you when I am afraid.
(When I am afraid I put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3)
Dear God, may Your guiding words help me to trust in You, do good, and dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness, Amen!
(Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Psalm 37:3)
Dear God, May Your words drive me to be compassionate and kind to one another. Let your word help me forgive anyone that I need to forgive today, just as you forgave me. Amen.
(Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32).
Dear Father, May Your words encourage me to do to others as I would want them to do to me, Amen.
(Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31)
Help me to rejoice in Your word always, Amen!
(Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4)
O God, help me to be the light of the world. Help me to be a town on a hill that cannot be hidden, Amen.
(You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14)
Dear God, please use Your word to remind me that faith is confidence in what I hope for and assurance about what I do not see, Amen.
(Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:10)
1 Chronicles 16:11
O Lord, may I use Your words to continue to look to You and Your strength. May I seek Your face always, Amen.
(Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. 1 Chronicles 16:11)
1 Corinthians 10:31
Dear God, Thank You for Your word. May anything I eat or drink or do today all be for Your glory, Amen.
(So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31)
Dear Lord, thank You for revealing where I may have sinned against You and fallen short. Help me to fix my ways, Amen.
(for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23)
Dear God, Thank You for what You do everyday. Let me rejoice and be glad! Amen.
(The LORD has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad. Psalm 118:24)
Dear God, thank You for Your word. Help me to trust in You with all my heart and to lean on Your word instead of my own understanding, Amen.
(Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding Proverbs 3:5)
1 John 5:3
O Lord, May I use Your words to strengthen my love for you, and with that love may I keep Your commands. May Your commands not be burdensome, but strengthen my love for You, Amen.
(In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome…1 John 5:3)
Dear God, Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Amen.
(Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:05)
Dearest God, May I be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. Amen.
(Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12)
Dear God, I know Your yoke is easy and your burden is light. May I give you my burdens today and keep them with you for they are much heavier. Amen.
(For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:30)
2 Timothy 1:7
O Lord, Thank You for Your Spirit. May it not make me timid, but give me power, love, and self-discipline. Amen.
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7)
O Lord, Help me to use Your word to love everyone, an let that love cover all wrongs, Amen.
(Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs. Proverbs 10:12)
Dear God, I give You thanks! You are good. Your love endures forever. Amen.
(Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever. Psalm 136:1)
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD. Amen
(Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD. Psalm 150:6)
May Your word help me set my mind on things above, not on earthly things. Amen.
(Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:2)
God loves when we get in His word. And while there is nothing in the Bible that says we need a closing prayer for Bible study, it is a way to summarize and solidify the time we had just spent with God. Make sure to grab other prayer resources below!
Jessie Synan is a Master’s student in Biblical Studies who helps other women find their prayer focus in a distracted world. She went from her ADHD interfering with her prayer life to finding her own unique rhythms for prayer and encouraging other women to do the same. She is the founder of Pray With Confidence, which has helped over 5000 women focus on prayer through the real and vulnerable advice she gives to those on her email list when they sign up for the free guide “How to pray [when you can’t focus.]”