Miniature Prayers #4

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

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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Provision Of Salvation

Lord, thank you for the provision in 2 Corinthians 5:17. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

God’s Faithfulness

Lord, thank you for the promise in 2 Thessalonians 3:3. “But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.”

Encouragement in Difficult Times

Heavenly Father, thank you for the promise  in Philippians 4:13. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Right Mindset

Lord, direct me to “set [my] mind [and affections] on things above, not on things on the earthColossians 3:2.

God’s Mercy

Heavenly Father, thank you for the instruction in Psalm 86:5. “For You Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.”

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Miniature Prayers #3

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

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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God’s Infinite Power

Lord, thank you that I have access to Your infinite power. “And He is before all things, and in Him all things consistColossians 1:17.

Sin Taken Care Of

Heavenly Father, as a believer I thank You for the promise in Psalm 103:12. “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”

Looking for a Pure Heart

Lord, direct me to “flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart2 Timothy 2:22.

No Fear Of Man

I praise You, Lord, for the promise in Psalm 118:6. “The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?

Opening My Eyes

Heavenly Father, I ask that every day You will reveal to me the message in Psalm 119:18. “Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your law.”

 

Miniature Prayers #2

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Author: Elton Streyle, Contributors: Noah, and Eugene Sandin, Photography and Editing: Ali

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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God’s Light

Lord, thank you for the promise in Psalm 119:105.Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

In Time of Trouble

Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come to you.  Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my trouble…Psalm 102:1-2a

David’s Example

Lord, teach me to be more like David in Acts 13:22.… a man after My (God’s) own heart, who will do all My will.”  

Following God’s Commandments  

Lord, give me the wisdom to follow Joshua 22:5. “…walk in all His ways, to keep His commandments, to hold fast to Him, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Connected to God 

Heavenly Father, show me how to fully understand the truth in Psalm 16:2. “…”You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” (NIV)   

Rejoicing in the Lord

Lord, the words in Psalm 13:5 are the words I want to express to You as well. “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.” (NIV)

Serving the Lord

Lord, direct me to have the words of Joshua 24:15 be true of me. “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”    

God’s Warning

Heavenly Father, thank you for the warning in Joshua 24:16. ‘”Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD to serve other gods.”  

God’s Glory

Lord, thank for giving us the message in Psalm 19:1. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.”    

Good Use of Time                                                           

Lord, show me how to use my time wisely. “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12 (NIV)

Song in My Heart

Lord, thank you for giving me a song. “He has put a new song in my mouth- Praise to our God…” Psalm 40:3a

Prayer for Yielding to the Holy Spirit

Author: Elton Streyle, Scripture selection: Eugene Sandin, Contributor: Noah, Graphic design and editing: Ali

The purpose of this prayer variation is to allow the believer’s new nature in the Holy Spirit to take control of the old nature in the flesh. The Holy Spirit enters the believer at the time of salvation and never leaves. It is the Spirit’s desire to maintain our relationship with God. “If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.Galatians 5:25

The Holy Spirit can be grieved by the sin of the old nature if a believer does not allow the Holy Spirit to control him through His power. “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” Ephesians 4:30

The white arrows in the chart represent the level of control the Holy Spirit has in the  different areas of a believer’s life. The white to black gradient rectangles represent the holiness of God and the sin of our old nature respectively. The white arrows, representing the Holy Spirit, reach from the holiness of God into the sin of our old natures to purify and sanctify us in all areas of life. For example, the chart shows that the believer has allowed the Holy Spirit great control over their appetite for food, but has not given the Holy Spirit much control over their money.

This chart is only an example of what a believer’s level of Spirit-control can look like in different areas. The level of control the Holy Spirit has in each area will differ for every believer.

Determine where you are on a scale from 1-10, 1 being low Holy Spirit control and 10 being high Holy Spirit control, by thinking through how much control you have allowed the Holy Spirit over your marriage or dating relationship, work/career, habits, leisure, sex drive, other bodily needs, thought life, entertainment/recreation, children, money, education and appetite for food.

Continually ask God to encourage you to allow the Holy Spirit more control over the areas you struggle with. Emphasize one area each day by reading the Scripture and then yielding all of that part of your life to the Holy Spirit.

Print this page and do this exercise as part of your daily devotion time.

Read the Scripture that goes with each heading and the verses before and after the Scripture indicated for context.

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1. Marriage/Dating

  • 1 Corinthians 7:1-3 It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband. Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband.
  • Genesis 2:24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

2. Work/Career

  • Colossians 3:22-23 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only where their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” (NIV)
  • 1 Timothy 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

3. Habits

  • 1 Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
  • Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.

4. Leisure/Time

  • Ephesians 5:15-16 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,  redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
  • Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.

5. Sexuality

  • 1 Corinthians 6:18Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. 
  • Matthew 5:28But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
  • 1 Corinthians 7:3-4 The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. (NIV)

6. Other Needs

  • Philippians 4:19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
  • 2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.'”

7. Thought Life

  • 2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
  • Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
  • Colossians 3:2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (NIV)

8. Entertainment/Recreation

  • Psalm 101:3 I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not cling to me.
  • Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
  • 1 Corinthians 10:23 “‘I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.” (NIV)

9. Children

  • Ephesians 6:4 And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.
  • 1 Timothy 5:8 ‘”But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.“‘

10. Money

  • Matthew 6:20-21  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (KJV)
  •  1 Timothy 6:10For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” (KJV)

11. Contentment

  • Hebrews 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”‘
  • Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.“‘

12. Appetite for Food

  • John 6:27 Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.
  • Matthew 4:4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.“‘

The Lord bless you as you complete this prayer exercise. This prayer method can be used on a continuing basis.

 

 

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.”

 

Peace and Joy for Believers Through Confession and Forgiveness

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Written by Elton Streyle, photography and editing by Ali

Use this prayer variation for God to guide you to various sins in your life that should be confessed.

Lord, guide me to confession because I want to have an open line of communication with You. “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.Psalm 66:18

Please direct me as I go through the following process of confession for forgiveness and cleansing of my sin.
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24

Mind: Reveal to me anything I have been thinking about that needs to be confessed…

Eyes: Reveal to me anything that I have been looking at that needs to be confessed…

Ears: Reveal to me anything that I have been listening to that needs to be confessed…

Mouth: Reveal to me anything that I have said that needs to be confessed…

Hands: Reveal to me anything that I have done that needs to be confessed…

Feet: Reveal to me any place that I have gone that needs to be confessed…

A Prayer by Corrie Ten Boom, Holocaust survivor:

“Father, when You forgive sins, You separate them as far from us as the east is from the west, bury them in the bottom of the deepest sea, and put up a sign for the devil to see that says “NO FISHING.”‘

Jesus, thank you for allowing me to put behind me all known sin. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.1 John 1:9

I bring these requests 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.”

Praying the Lord’s Prayer

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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

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Yielding Control to God

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Photo taken in Colorado.

This method can help you daily give God control of your life by using the six major parts of the body as a guide for what specifically to turn over to God. You can turn over additional things as well.

And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.Romans 6:13

Heavenly Father, I thank You for the Holy Spirit living within me. I yield to You and ask that the Holy Spirit will take full control of my life using these six parts of the body as a guide: mind, eyes, ear, mouth, hands and feet.

Mind: I ask that You will allow my mind to think only on what You want and not on the things I shouldn’t be thinking about.

Eyes: Have my eyes look at what You want me to see, and not anything detrimental to me.

Ears: Allow my ears to hear what You want me to hear instead of negativity.

Mouth: Direct me to say what is pleasing to You and to not say things that could be hurtful to anybody.

Hands: Guide me to do things that are gratifying to You and keep me from  the activities that are not helpful to me.

Feet: Direct me to walk to places that are pleasing in Your sight and turn me from any roads that lead to destruction.

Thank you that when all these parts of my body are under the control of the Holy Spirit I am able to lay aside my own desires and instinctive actions, enabling me to grow in my Christian walk.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

“When Two Gather in My Name…” Praying Through Scripture Together

The concept for this prayer variation comes from Elton Gillam’s Church Prayer Ministry International.

This prayer variation will be most effective if two people use it together, however, it will also be beneficial for praying on your own. You can pray in this way with your spouse, your family, your friends or any other special believers in your life.

Praying in this way helps you to have something to pray about and assists you in avoiding repetition in your prayers.

This is the procedure to follow:

Take a portion of Scripture and have the first person read one verse aloud and then pray about what the verse prompts him/her to pray about. Then the second person reads the next verse aloud and prays about what that verse prompts him/her to pray about.

You can go back and forth reading verses for as long as you want to pray, but these prayers are usually fairly short. Try to stay with the theme of each verse during this kind of prayer. When you are finished, you can bring your other requests that don’t relate to the verses you have read.

Also, be aware that you may each have to read more than one verse at a time to complete the sentence or point being made.

A good way to look at this kind of prayer is to consider the reading of the verse as God speaking to you; view Him as a third party in the group. “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20

Psalms and Proverbs are good Scriptures to use if you choose to pray this way. There are other portions of the Bible that are also effective.

These passages in Psalms and Proverbs work particularly well for this prayer variation:

Psalms 4, 5, 6, 16, 18, 23, 25, 27, 100, 103 and 119.

Proverbs 2, 3:1-12, 6:16-24, 11:1-20, 15:1-33 and 16:1-20.

There are many passages in the New Testament that you can use such as:

Romans 6:11-23 and 8:5-13

Galatians 5:16-26

Ephesians 4:17-31

Philippians 4:4-19

Hebrews 4:9-16

Sample Prayer

Person 1 reads Proverbs 1:7The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Person 1 prays: ‘Thank you, Lord, for the advice You give about how to use knowledge. Keep me alert so that I don’t fall into the trap of a fool.

Person 2 reads Proverbs 1:8 My son, hear the instruction of your father, and forsake not the law of you mother;  Person 2 prays: ‘Thank you, Father, for the disciplines of life that You have taught (and are teaching) me through my parents. Please lead me as I strive to be a Godly example for my children and grandchildren.

Person 1 reads Proverbs 1:10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.Person 1 prays: ‘God, keep me alert to the sometimes strong pull of my old nature’s desire to sin. Direct me to avoid the many temptations in my culture. I ask that you would direct my loved ones to avoid temptation as well. We bring all these thoughts in Jesus’ Name, Amen.’

(Notice how God directs the theme of the prayer through His Word)