Precious heavenly Father,
We thank you for the opportunity to gather with Christian brothers and sisters, to share our love of and passion for the written word, to form new relationships and deepen existing friendships. Your goodness is overwhelming, and we thank you for your presence in our lives.
But Lord, we know that this is all for naught without your presence and your blessing.
Grace us greatly with your presence. Lay your mighty hand over our gathering and infuse us with your Spirit. We know that with salvation comes your abiding presence in our lives, but we pray for an extra measure of Your presence and Your blessings for our conference weekend. Be with us in all we say and all we do.
You’ve promised us that where two or three are gathered in Your name, You will be there. Well, Lord, we’re going to have several hundred! Favor us with your wonderful, guiding presence in every room, hallway, restaurant, and vehicle. Shower us with your blessings in every meeting, class, appointment, meal, conversation, handshake, and hug.
We love you, Lord! In Jesus wonderful and holy name, amen.