Miniature Prayers #1

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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

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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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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)

A Method for a Believer’s Prayer of Confession: Part 2

***To find Part 1 of this series, click here.***

11. Hebrews 10:25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together…

  • Are you irregular in your church attendance?
  • Do you attend services in body only and do other things like planning your day while God’s Word is being preached?
  • Have you neglected family devotions or regularly skipped Bible study, small group, etc.?

12. Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds,

  • Do you ever lie or exaggerate?
  • Do you fail to see white lies as sin?
  • Do you tell things the way you want them rather than as they really are?

13. 1 Peter 2:11 …abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul,

  • Do you lust after others?
  • Do you fill your mind with sex-centered TV shows, movies, books and magazines?
  • Do you indulge in any lustful activity God’s Word condemns, such as premarital sex, adultery or perversion?

14. John 13:35 “‘By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.‘”

  • Are you a part of factions and divisions in your church?
  • Would you rather fuel a misunderstanding than help correct it?
  • Have you loved only the ones in your own church, feeling that those of other denominations are not of the body of Christ?
  • Are you secretly pleased over another’s misfortunes?
  • Are you annoyed by others’ successes?

15. Colossians 3:13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.

  • Have you failed to forgive anybody anything they have said or done against you?
  • Are you holding grudges?

16. Ephesians 4:28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor…

  • Do you steal from your employer by doing less work or staying on the job for less time than you are paid for?
  • Do you under-pay your employees?
  • Do you shop lift?
  • Do you borrow and not return?

17. Ephesians 5:16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

  • Do you waste your time or others’ time?
  • Do you spend too much time watching TV, playing video games, checking social media, etc.?
  • Do you procrastinate?

18. Matthew 6:24 No one can serve two masters… You cannot serve God and money.” (ESV)

  • Is your goal in life to make as much money as possible or accumulate as many things as possible?
  • Have you withheld your money from God?
  • Is money your god?
  • Do you fail to use your financial resources to help those in need?

19. Matthew 23:28 So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

  • Do you know in your heart that you are only pretending to be a Christian?
  • Are you hiding behind church membership or attendance to cover a life full of sin?
  • Are you faking Christianity for social status or acceptance in your church or community?
  • Are you a “Sundays-only” Christian?
  • Are you the same person at home or in public as you are at church?

20. Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

  • Do you enjoy listening to gossip and/or passing it on?
  • Do you believe rumors or partial truths, especially about an enemy or competitor?
  • Do you fail to spend time reading the Bible every day?
  • Do you fail to always think on the things of God (good, true and pure things)?
  • Do you fail to allow the Holy Spirit control over your life?

*** This post concludes the series “A Believer’s Prayer of Confession.” We hope that by completing this series you have been convicted of the sins in your life, and through confessing them, have become closer to God. Feel free to repeat this process any time you like. ***

 

A Method for a Believer’s Prayer of Confession: Part 1

“True prayer begins with confession of sin and repentance.” -Charles J. Stanley

“Dealing with my personal sins is one of the areas that I struggle with most in my Christian walk. The use of the 2 parts of the prayer, each containing 10 Bible verses and questions, has really helped me to effectively understand how important confessing my sins, asking for forgiveness and repenting is to an effective prayer life. It allows me a free and clear path of communication with God. Give it a try and I think you will experience the same results.” -Mike, bank president

This series is intended to cleanse you as a believer, the vessel in which the Holy Spirit dwells. This prayer of confession has 2 parts, each including ten sets of Bible verses and questions to help you recognize the negative behaviors and attitudes you may be struggling with and encourage you to confess them to God through prayer.

This post contains the first part of the prayer. The second and final post in this series will come out on October 14, 2016. We have adapted the information for these posts with the permission of Evelyn Christenson Ministries.

One of sin’s most negative effects on a believer’s life is that it blocks our communication with God. “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.Psalm 66:18

No prayer will work if sin is not taken care of first because sin grieves the Holy Spirit who lives inside every believer. “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?1 Corinthians 3:16

However, confession of sin only affects our communication with God, not our salvation. Once we have put our faith in God, He says in John 10:28, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.” Whether we choose to confess our sins or not, we are still God’s children. Confession is simply what allows us to better communicate with Him; it is not what saves us.

***If you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, please do not start this program. Instead, go to the “Salvation” page on our blog to learn how to become a child of the only God who loves you enough to give up His Son to save you. “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

A verse to keep in mind as you go through this series is Psalm 139:23-24, which says: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties [thoughts]; And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Dealing with sin is a process that will continue throughout your life, and while this prayer may not be the most comfortable or exciting one to pray, God promises that “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.

God also says, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.Psalm 32:1-2

If you are not sure how to pray a prayer of confession, you can use the following prayer as a guideline:

“Lord, I bring to You the sins that You have shown me which are currently in my life. I ask You to forgive me and help me to turn from the sin of ______ and set me free. ‘Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me‘ as  Your Word says in Psalm51:10. I come to You in Jesus’ Name and put my trust in You to help me make the corrections needed. Amen.

A suggested way to go through this prayer is to print out the verses and questions and read one verse every day with your devotions or during your quiet time. Confess any “yes” answers to God.

  1. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
    • Do you worry about anything?
    • Have you failed to thank God for all things, the seemingly bad as well as the good?
    • Do you neglect to give thanks at mealtimes?
  2. Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think…
    • Are you proud of YOUR accomplishments, YOUR talents, YOUR family?
    • Do you fail to see others as better than yourself and more important than yourself in the body of Christ?
    • Do you insist on your own rights?
    • Do you think that you are doing quite well as a Christian?
    • Do you rebel when God wants to change you?
  3. Ephesians 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
    • Do you fail to attempt things for God because you are “not talented enough”?
    • Do feelings of inferiority keep you from trying to serve God?
    • When you do accomplish something for Christ, do you fail to give Him all the glory?
  4. Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth…
    • Do you ever use dirty language?
    • Do you tell crude jokes?
    • Do you condone others doing so in your presence or in your home?
  5. Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
    • Have you failed to be a witness with your life for Christ?
    • Have you felt it was enough just to live your faith and not witness with your words to unbelievers?
  6. Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.
    • Do you complain, find fault, argue?
    • Do you have a critical spirit?
    • Do you speak unkindly about people when they aren’t present?
    • Are you angry with yourself? Others? God?
  7. 1 Corinthians 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
    • Are you careless with your body?
    • Are you guilty of not caring for your body in your eating and exercise habits?
    • Are you remaining sexually pure?
    • Do you self-harm?
  8. Ephesians 4:27 nor give place to the devil.
    • Do you expose yourself to Satanic activity such as psychics, occult literature and movies or “games” like ouija boards or tarot cards?
    • Do you get advice for daily living from horoscopes rather than from God?
    • Do you distract from Christ in your church through criticism, gossip or being  unsupportive?
  9. Romans 12:11 not lagging in diligence…
    • Do you fail to pay your debts on time or avoid paying them altogether?
    • Do you overuse your credit cards?
    • Are you dishonest on income tax records?
    • Do you have unethical business practices?
  10. 1 Corinthians 8:9 But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak.
    • Do you feel that you can do anything you want because the Bible says you are free in Christ?
    • Even though you were strong enough not to fall, do you fail to take responsibility for a weaker Christian who has fallen because of following your example?

***To find Part 2 of this series, click here.***

Praying In Light of God’s Attributes

TRIANGLE

Before praying, meditate on the following attributes of God for a few minutes, then look at your situation or problem and pray in light of some of God’s traits.

1. God is MERCIFUL:

The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.” Psalm 103:8

For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him.” Psalm 103:11

2. God is ALL-POWERFUL

Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying, ‘Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?Jeremiah 32:26-27 (The answer is “no”)

For with God nothing will be impoissible.Luke 1:37

3. God is ALL-KNOWING

O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my new ways.” Psalm 139: 1-

4. God is EVERYWHERE PRESENT:

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.” Psalm 139:7-8  

5. God is UNCHANGING

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 

 

Utilizing the Power of Scripture

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 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.”

If you ever have negative and destructive thoughts come into your mind when you are trying to pray, or at any other time, try this:

Read or quote Galatians 2:20 until the thought disappears. “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.”

Meditating on this verse or other verses will help you to refocus on God instead of your negative thoughts. Committing Scriptures to memory will also be useful as you do this.

Here are some other verses you could use:

Romans 12:2 “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.”

1 John 4:4 “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”

Romans 12:19 “…”Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.”

“One way to recollect the mind easily in the time of prayer, and preserve it more in tranquility, is not to let it wander too far at other times.”

-From the book The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence