A Father’s Prayer

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Photo taken in Nebraska.

Author: Elton Streyle, Photography and Editing: Ali

Heavenly Father, thank you for the good influence many of our fathers have had on us. I know that there are some who have not had a good father-child relationship, but what a privilege that we can all have a wonderful relationship with You, our Heavenly Father, regardless of our past. “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

As a father and grandfather, I come to You to pour out my heart to You and ask forgiveness for the failures that I have had in being the kind of husband and father that is best for my wife and children.

I realize that I need You to direct me to be the kind of father You want me to be. Develop in me the ability to “trust 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” Proverbs 3:5-6.

Thank you that even when things look impossible, all things are possible with You. “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” Matthew 19:26.

I want my family life to be Bible centered. Show me all that I need to learn from Your Word to make this happen. I ask that You work in my children’s hearts and direct them to be accepting of my Biblical approach to being a father and grandfather.

I give You thanks and praise in advance for all that You are going to do. I bring these requests in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

God’s Morning Plan

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Photo taken in Colorado.

Author: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali

Thank you, Lord, that when I finish my day and rest at night I can look forward to Your promise that in the morning You will have for me new mercy, grace, and love for the day. “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.Lamentations 3:22-23

Your faithfulness has been proven over and over in believers’ lives. Impress upon me the significance that You place on the morning time and the impact that using the beginning of the day correctly can have on my relationship with You. Show me how it sets the atmosphere for the rest of my day.

Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, for in You do I trust; cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You.Psalm 143:8

Lead me to receive the joy You have for me by spending my first waking moments in fellowship with You. Remind me not to put my feet on the floor in the morning without greeting You and connecting with You first.

I ask that my prayer life will follow Jesus’ example in Mark 1:35 Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.

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

 

Memorial Day Prayer

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Korean War Veterans Memorial. Photo taken in Washington, D.C.

Author: Elton Streyle, Photography and Editing: Ali

Compassionate Heavenly Father, thank you for the memories You have given me of loved ones and friends who have passed on and for how You have spoken to me through their example and actions while they were living. “The memory of the righteous is blessed…Proverbs 10:7

I especially want to thank You for the men and women in the military as well as those in other organizations who have given their lives fighting for the freedom of our country. It is not a small thing to give your life for someone else’s benefit.

Most of all, I thank You for the memory You have recorded in the Bible in John 3:16 about Jesus dying on the cross and making a way for all who desire 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.

Enable me to appreciate and honor the memories of all those who have gone before me. Bless the men, women, and their families who are serving our country to defend our freedom. Give healing and comfort to the families and loved ones who are recovering from the devastations of war and terror.

Thank you for sending Your Son to die so that all who choose a relationship with You can ultimately inherit Heaven and can now experience the reality of Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

I bring all these thoughts in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

 

 

Prayer for Graduates

 

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Photo taken in Colorado.

Author: Elton Streyle, Photography and Editing: Ali

Heavenly Father, thank you for all the years that you have given to (graduate’s name), the privilege to go to school and learn all that is required to be a graduate, and also for the parents, loved ones, teachers, and friends who have had a part in this accomplishment. “…in a multitude of counselors there is safety.” Proverbs 24:6

Father, I ask You to direct (graduate’s name) to take all the knowledge he/she has acquired in school and use it wisely for Your honor and glory. Most of all, since there are many challenges ahead in his/her life, direct him/her to comprehend the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Give him/her a good understanding of how there will be many spiritual battles in life, and teach him/her to handle them according to the Bible.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.Ephesians 6:12

Thank you that as a child of God, he/she can know that “…He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4 Encourage (graduate’s name) to live out the instructions in the following verse: “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.Ephesians 6:11

Guide him/her to live with the understanding and comfort of knowing that “‘…with God all things are possible“‘ Matthew 19:26 and that by following God’s ways and receiving assistance by His power, any and all obstacles can be overcome. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.Philippians 4:13

I bring these praises and requests in Jesus’ Wonderful Name, Amen.

Giving Thanks for a Mother’s Love

 

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Photo taken in Colorado.

Author: Elton Streyle, Photography and Editing: Ali

Heavenly Father, thank you for our mothers. Show us how we can honor them on this special day. If she has passed on, give us the joy of remembering the pleasant memories we have of her. For most of us, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 is a reminder of our mother’s love. “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” Read these attributes about love and give thanks to God for any that describe your mother. Most mothers do many or all of the following

  • Protects her children from evil.
  • Provides food and a safe environment.
  • Forgives over and over again.
  • Guides her children to God and what He has for them
  • Gives comfort when a child is hurt physically or emotionally.
  • Gives affirmation in the early years of life.
  • Provides answers to questions that cannot be asked of anyone else.
  • Has intuition to know when something is wrong.
  • Offers sympathy at just the right time.

Thank you, Lord, for the joy of a mother’s love, but even more for Your Love, which is far greater. 

I bring these thoughts in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Miniature Prayers #1

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Photo taken in Colorado.

These very short, Scripture-based prayers can be used throughout the day to help take you to your next more extended prayer time and assist you in being able to keep in an attitude of prayer. These prayers can also be useful in emergency situations because of the power that comes through praying God’s Word.

How to use these prayers: print them or save them on your phone and use them as reminders to talk to your Heavenly Father throughout the day.

Bring these short prayers in Jesus’ Name.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.”

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From Old to New

Lord, thank you that I am a new person in Christ Jesus. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.2 Corinthians 5:17

Living in the Spirit

Lord, direct me to experience the second half of Romans 8:6.For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”

God’s Teaching

Lord, thank you for the promise in Psalm 32:8. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.”

Praising God

Lord, show me how to have the joy of Psalm 29:2. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness” (NIV).

Renewing My Mind

Lord, I give my mind to You to be renewed. “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 GodRomans 12:2.

God’s Wisdom

Lord, thank you that through the Holy Spirit, Jesus is the One “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,” lives within me Colossians 2:3.

God’s Provision

Lord, lead me to trust in your promises in Philippians 4:19.And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

My Position in Christ

Lord, thank you for making Ephesians 2:1 a reality for me. “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins.”

Don’t Know What to Pray

Lord, thank for the promise you give me in Romans 8:26. “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

Sleepless Nights

Lord, guide me each night with Psalm 4:8. I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

 

Scripture #11

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Photo taken in Florida.

Photography by Ali

“‘Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh [thank you]. Is there anything too hard for Me? [No!]” Jeremiah 32:27

A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself; the simple pass on and are punished.Proverbs 27:12

For the LORD is our Judge, the LORD is our Lawgiver, the LORD is our King; He will save us [thank you].” Isaiah 33:22

Humility in the Christian Life

 

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Photo taken in Virginia.

Author: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali 

For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.Luke 14:11

Gracious Father, thank you for making it clear in Your Word what genuine humility is, how You feel about it, and how it affects the Christian life.

Thank you for showing that humility is not having a low self-esteem; it is the exact opposite if I recognize that all that I am and all that I have comes directly from You.

…God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.James 4:6

All-Wise Father, I ask for wisdom on how to live my life with the proper humility and an understanding of the destructiveness of pride. Your Word says “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.Proverbs 16:18.

I thank You for the insight You gave Johnathan Edwards on the subject of humility when he said “Nothing sets a person so much out of the devil’s reach as humility.”

Show me how humility allows me to see that I am weak and in need of You in my life. Remove pride from my life, since it is one of  Satan’s greatest tools of destruction, and direct me to live out 1 Peter 5:6-8 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

Lord, may You be glorified by this prayer. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

 

 

Easter Thanksgiving and Praise

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Photo taken in Virginia.

Author: Elton Streyle, Photography and Editing: Ali

Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Your Son to die on the cross for me and my sin, and for raising Him from the grave to prove He has victory even over death.

Thank you that by making the events of Easter personal and accepting the truth about Jesus, I am assured of a home in Heaven when I die.

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 am thankful for the positive change that Jesus has brought into my life. I am no longer controlled by the destructiveness of sin, but can live within the realm of God’s Righteousness. In Christ, I enjoy the peace of God that passes all understanding.

and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ JesusPhilippians 4:7

Teach me by Your Word how to grow in my understanding of Your Majesty and Sovereignty. Thank you that with You nothing is accidental and no experience in life is wasted. Even though I don’t know what the future holds, I know and belong to the One who holds the future.

In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.John 14:2-4

To God be the glory, great things He hath done,

so loved He the world that He gave His Son,

Who yielded His life an atonement for sin and opened the life gate that all may go in.

Praise the Lord.

-Song: ‘To God be the Glory’, by Fanny May Crosby

In Jesus’ Name, I give you thanksgiving and praise. Amen.