Developing Faith in God

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Photo taken in Colorado.

Written by Elton Streyle, photography and editing by Ali

Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me the faith to believe and accept what Your Word says about my salvation: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.John 3:16

I ask that You will give me the same kind of faith in Your Word that I had for my initial salvation to enable me to live the Christian life. “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.Romans 10:17

Father, show me how to build my faith in You by reading and understanding Your Word. Direct me also to put my faith and trust in the promises throughout Your Scriptures so that I can live my Christian life by faith and not by sight. “For we walk by faith, not by sight.2 Corinthians 5:7

Empower me to search the Scriptures to see what they say with regard to any and all situations in my life. May I obtain a complete faith to rest in and act on your promises. Direct me to change my life to be more godly and serve You under Your protective and mighty hand: “Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.Ephesians 6:16

Thank you, Father, that through faith in You, I can turn from anything that I have mistakenly trusted in and put my faith in You and You alone.

I bring these requests to You in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Combining Song, Prayer and Scripture

Written by Elton Streyle, photography and editing by Ali

This prayer variation combines Scripture with the words of Christian music. After you read a few verses of Scripture, stop and sing or think about the words of a song with the same theme as the verses you read. You can also do the reverse of this by listening to a song, then stopping and thinking of a verse of Scripture that the song brings to your mind.

This way of praying helps you to remember and apply the message of both the Scripture and the song.

Here are some examples:

Proverbs 3:5-6Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

Song: Trust and Obey

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way,

to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.”

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Psalm 119:18 Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your law.”

Song: Open The Eyes Of My Heart, Lord

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord,

open the eyes of my heart,

I want to see You,

I want to see You,

to see You high and lifted up,

shining in the light of Your Glory,

pour out Your power and love

as we sing Holy, Holy, Holy.”

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Psalm 139:23-24Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead  me in the way everlasting.

Song: Change My Heart, O God

Change my heart O God, make it ever true,

Change my heart O God,  may I be like You,

You are the potter I am the clay,

mold me and make me this is what I pray.”

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Ephesians 5:18And be not drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.”

Song: Spirit Of The Living God

Spirit of the Living God,

fall fresh on me,

melt me, mold me, fill me, use me,

Spirit of the Living God, fall fresh on me.”

Renewing the Mind

 

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Photo taken in Colorado.

Written by Elton Streyle, photography and editing by Ali

Heavenly Father, thank you for the instructions in Your Word as to how I can be spiritually-minded rather than carnally-minded and as to how my mind can be renewed and transformed as I present myself to You as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to You.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.Romans 12:2

Let the power of Your Word grasp me so that I can see everything with a clear mind and from a Biblical perspective. Romans 8:5 says, “for those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

Show me how not to be clouded with the cultural viewpoints of the society that I live in.

Since what I put into my mind determines what comes out in words and actions, direct me to be very sensitive to the kind of materials that I read in books and magazines and what I watch on television or in movies. Program my mind to be in agreement with Paul’s admonishment in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things. 

Father, today, tomorrow and from here on out, I give my mind to You to be renewed, restored and directed by the Holy Spirit living within me.

I bring this prayer to You in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Praying the Lord’s Prayer

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Photo taken in Nebraska.

This method of prayer uses the Lord’s Prayer as a guide for the many topics to include in prayer. You can expand these guidelines by adding additional items that come to your mind as you pray.

Our Father:

You are everywhere present, all-knowing, all-powerful and unchanging, You deliver me from fear of the past, present and future. You give companionship, provide for my needs and give me protection from Satan, the evil one.

who art in Heaven:

A place of perfect rest and peace. Thank you that in the future I have a home there with You.

hallowed be Thy Name:

Lord, I lift Your Name on high. I praise You for Your awesomeness revealed through Your creation. I thank You that I can come to You in Your Name to receive power, strength and wisdom.

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done:

I yield myself to You. I trust in You with all my heart and do not want to lean on my own understanding. In all my ways, I acknowledge You and ask You to direct my paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).

on Earth as it is in Heaven:

I recognize that everything is controlled by you.

give us this day our daily bread:

Father, I am trusting that You will take care of all my needs for this day, whether they be physical, mental, spiritual or emotional. I thank You for how You have done this in the past and I know I can trust You in the future.

forgive us our sins:

Show me anything that is wrong in my life so I may confess it and walk in right relationship with You.

as we forgive those who have sinned against us:

Give me the strength to forgive anyone who has hurt me and to remove all bitterness, jealousy, malice, etc. that I might have against another person.

lead us not into temptation, but deliver use from evil:

Keep me from the things that Satan would like to use to cause me to do wrong. Cover me with Your armor: the helmet of salvation, breastplate of righteousness, a waist girded with truth, the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:12-17).

for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever, Amen.

I recognize that You rule over everything, have all power, all wisdom and are present everywhere. Thank you, Lord. It is because of You that I exist, so You deserve all of the glory for everything. I pray these things in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

**You can find the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:8-13

 

 

 

 

 

Jesus, the Light of the World

 

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Photo taken in Kansas.

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12

Heavenly Father, I want to praise and thank You today for the message in John’s gospel of how Jesus is the Light that does away with darkness which is brought about by sin and how we who believe in Jesus as the Light have been moved from darkness to light and from death to life.

Through the Holy Spirit I have the Light dwelling within me, which gives me all the treasures of God’s wisdom and knowledge. “In Whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.Colossians 2:3

Lead my loved ones and I to walk as children of the Light. Give us the strength to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness wherever we are. I ask that You show us anything in  our lives the may be obstructing the Light of Christ from shining brightly in us.

Jesus said, “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.John 12:46

If there are any hindrances to the Light shining, give us the courage to confess them and make any corrections needed.

Thank you for the privilege You give us of having the Light within us, enabling us to walk in it and allowing us to be able to reflect its brightness to those around us.

I ask and pray these things to You, my God, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Scripture #9

 

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Photo taken in Colorado.

So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.Romans 14:12

Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you [thank you].” 1 Peter 5:7

Cast your burden on the LORD, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved [thank you].” Psalm 55:22

God’s Power

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‘Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.’Jeremiah 32:17

…Jesus… looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”Mark 10:27

Heavenly Father, based on these two verses, I praise You for being all-powerful, all-knowing, ever present and unchanging. I thank You for loving me so much and for wanting a close personal relationship with me.

Help me to be steadfast in the faith and to be on high alert to resist the work of Satan as he tries everything possible to hinder and destroy us, Your children. (1 Peter 5:7-8)

I come to You in the Name of Jesus, casting all of my burdens and cares upon you.

 

Scripture #8

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Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name.Psalm 86:11

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest [thank you].” Matthew 11:28

Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day [thank you].” 2 Corinthians 4:16

New Year’s Prayer

 

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For You are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth.Psalm 71:5

Gracious Heavenly Father, at the close of another year, I want to thank You for the joys that You have given me during the last year and for the difficulties You have used in my life to allow me to grow in my relationship with You.

In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.1 Thessalonians 5:18

Almighty Father, at the beginning of a new year, I thank You for Your assurance that You will make me victorious in areas where I was defeated, strong where I was weak, successful over sin, and hopeful in any situations of fear. “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.Isaiah 41:10

Wise, infinite Father, in the coming year I ask that You will direct me to be surrendered to You so that I will not have to be embarrassed about my life’s record when it is revealed in eternity. Give me more consciousness of fulfilling the directions in Your Word about how to live a Christ-centered life.

In everything that I will be involved with during this next year, keep reminding me of the admonishment in Galatians 6:7-8 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.

Thank you that I can move into this new year knowing that You hold the future and that You will always be with me.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

 

 

Christmas Eve Prayer and Meditation

 

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 Prayer

Lord, we come to You with thanksgiving, remembering the great love You gave to us in the form of the birth of Your Son, Jesus. How unimaginably perfect You are in all Your ways. “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us” (Mathew 1:23).

Thank you for giving Your only Son to die for our sins and thank you that if we accept Him into our heart and life, You give us eternal life with You in heaven.

Direct us not to be distracted from the true meaning of Christmas or be enticed by the calling of the world to make Christmas all about ourselves. This Christmas, encourage us to have everything we do point back to You and Your Glory. We bring these thoughts in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Christmas Story Meditation

Visualize the Christmas story by slowly and quietly meditating on this Christmas Carol:

Silent night, holy night, All is calm, all is bright, Round yon Virgin Mother and Child,  Holy Infant so tender and mild, sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night, Darkness flies,  all is light; Shepherds hear the angels sing, “Alleluia hail the King! Christ the Savior is born.”

Silent night, holy night, Guiding Star, lend thy light; see the eastern wise men bring Gifts and homage to our King! Christ the Savior is born.

Thank you Lord, for all that this holy night represents.