Prayer for Comfort in These Troubling Times

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Photo taken in Colorado.

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

Heavenly Father, we come to You today with thanksgiving and praise ​for the comfort and understanding ​You give us in Your Word of how good can come from all of the heartache and confusion that is happening in our nation and world. As much as we do not understand why all of these things are happening, it does not change Romans 8:28. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

Direct us to do what You tell us in Jeremiah 33:3. “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” Encourage us to give help and comfort to others wherever possible. ​Show us how to be sensitive to the ultimate eternal need that every person has ​for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and a future home in heaven.

Among all our ​helping and concerns for the needs of others​, show us how to pray for people to ​make their final destiny in life be their top priority. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting lifeJohn 3:16.

In closing Lord, in whatever situation we are in, give us comfort from these three attributes of Yours:

You Are Almighty

“‘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

You Are 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 ways.Psalm 139:1-3

You Are Ever-Present

“‘I am a God near at hand,” says the LORD, “and not a God afar off.”‘ Jeremiah 23:23

In Jesus’ Name I thank You for Your peace and ask You to draw me close to Yourself, Amen.

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Giving Praise to the Lord

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Photo taken in Colorado.

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

Heavenly Father, thank you for the many verses of Scripture in the Bible that encourage me to praise You, not for Your good, but for mine. I was created to praise You. “This people I have formed for Myself; they shall declare My praiseIsaiah 43:21.

Give me a correct perspective of thanksgiving and praise. Let me not get so caught up in thanksgiving for all the amazing things You have done and are doing for me that I neglect to praise You for who You are (the Creator, the Almighty, all-knowing, ever-present, merciful, loving, and unchanging God).

Forgive me for the times when I live my life in a spiritually powerless way; when I plead for victory in Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit as though You were far away instead of living in the confidence that Your Holy Spirit is dwelling within me, waiting to come alongside me.

Remind me often that You are my sufficiency every moment of every day. Jesus said: “…I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirstJohn 6:35.

Father, direct me in such a way that Hebrews 13:15 will continually be a reality in my life. “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” Lord, I am grateful for the delight and privilege of praising You.

I bring these thoughts in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Truth in the Christian Life

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Photo taken in Nebraska.

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

Father, thank you for the freedom I receive from trusting in the truth of Your Word and that all of the armor You lay out  in Ephesians 6:10-17 for fighting the battle Satan wages against believers is held up by the belt of truth.

You are the Truth that sets me free from the consequences of sin and self-deception. In John 8:31-32, Jesus said “…If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Direct me to always accept the accuracy of the Scriptures so that I can be filled with Your truth. While I go through the different seasons of life, give me wisdom and protection from the truth in Your Word for the season that I am in at this time.  Encourage me in believing that “…His truth shall be your shield and bucklerPsalm 91:4.

Your Word teaches that You want c­omplete truth to flow out of my life. Have Your Spirit living within me. Make me sensitive to anything that does not reflect Your truth. Give me the grace to live out Ephesians 4:30-31. “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.”

Father, thank you for listening to my requests. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Relying on God’s Wisdom

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Photo taken in Colorado.

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

All-Wise Heavenly Father, thank you that I can call upon You for Your unlimited wisdom and instruction when it comes to the way I should live my life. In Your Word are all the answers needed for every decision I have to make and it shows me how to avoid foolishness and ruin.

My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding.” Proverbs 2:1-3 (NLT)

I confess to You and ask for forgiveness for the times when I have acted on my own before inquiring for wisdom from You and Your Word and for when I blamed You when things didn’t turn out the way that I thought they should.

Direct me to increase my determination to live by Your Wisdom and be filled with Your Spirit of Wisdom so that I can discern Your will. Let my mouth speak Your Wisdom due to the righteousness You have instilled in me. “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.Psalm 141:3

Thank you for sending Your Son to represent Your power and wisdom to me so that I will never be in a place where You are unable to help me.

Allow me to experience all that You say in Your Word about wisdom so that Proverbs 3:13 is a reality in my life. “Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding.”

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

 

 

 

Grandparents’ Day Prayer (Sun. 9/10)

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Photo taken in Nebraska.

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

Heavenly Father, thank you for the joy received from grandparents. For some of us, that blessing is just a  good memory. For others, it is an experience now being enjoyed.

Direct me to be kind to and appreciate all seniors and grandparents, especially those who demonstrate and live Psalm 71:5. “For you are my hope, O Lord GOD; You are my trust from my youth.”

As an older person and/or a grandparent, show me how I can ​be a good example to my grandchildren and the younger generation. May the consistency of Your faithful grace to me be an encouragement to them as they look ahead to their future. “My grace is sufficient for you…2 Corinthians 12:9.

As I face the last season of life, direct me to recognize that You have been my constant help in the past and that I need You now more than ever. Thank you that Proverbs 3:5-6 ​applies in all seasons of life. “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.

Show me how my service for You may have to change because of age. Remind me that some of the most influential and powerful Christians serving God in history have been older people with physical limitations. They shared their Godly experiences of the past with the young and used intercessory prayer to bring inexperienced youth to the throne of grace.

Make Psalm 71:18 true of me. “Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, do not forsake me, until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come.”

I bring this prayer in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Giving Praise and Glory to God for His Goodness

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Photo taken in Florida.

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

Heavenly Father, I praise You for:

Blessing me with salvation and drawing me to Heaven and off the road of destruction which would have led to an eternal hell. “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

Promising to supply all of my needs in the present and in the future until my entrance into eternity in Heaven. “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:19

Knowing I am a child of Yours and I can draw from Your wisdom, which You give me generously, without finding fault with me. You have no limit to how many times I can come to You for help in finding what to do and what not to do in any situation. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5

Father, I am so grateful for the wonderful opportunities You give me to become more spiritually mature, to love You more deeply, and to serve others. Thank you for the comfort of Your awesome promise in Isaiah 41:10 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.

Thank you for providing me with blessings and power through the practice of praise and for the positive effect that it has in my daily life.

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

 

Prayer About the Eclipse

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Photo taken in Colorado.

Author: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Eugene Sandin, Photography and Editing: Ali

Heavenly Father, in the midst of the excitement of the total solar eclipse in the United States, remind us to contemplate the meaning of Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiworkand Colossians 1:16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.” Thank you for the truth of these verses. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Back to School Prayer

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

Heavenly Father, thank you for this time of the year when many young people are going back to school. Let us not forget the privilege that is ours in America to be educated in many different fields of study.

I want to bring to You my loved ones and friends who will be in school this year. I ask You to give them the ability to comprehend what is being presented and discernment and wisdom to know when something is being taught that is not in agreement with the teaching in Your Word. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him James 1:5.

Put a hedge of protection around students and teachers to keep them from the influences of wrong theories and teaching. I ask for what Jesus said in the second half of John 17:15. “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.

As these young people face many kinds of temptations in school, encourage them to daily spend time in Your Word for direction. Make the words in Psalm 119:9 a great desire of theirs. “How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.”

If any do not have a relationship with Jesus as their Savior, make that the highest educational priority for them this year.

I bring this prayer in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

God’s Holiness in the Believer’s Life

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Photo taken in Utah.

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

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for not only giving the command to be holy but that You have given me a way to fulfill that command. “But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,  because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.“‘ 1 Peter 1:15-16

You have set me apart and made me holy because of my relationship with Jesus Christ, Who covered the gap between You, Heavenly Father, and me, a sinful human. I appreciate the fact that Your holiness purifies me and shows me how to continually be separated from all that is unholy.

Develop in me the connection between Your Holiness and my wholeness in life. Give me the courage to live a life that is different from the ways of the world and realize that the way I live in private and in public has an influence on what people think of the God I profess to serve.

Show me any hindrances that keep You from being able to develop Your Holiness in and through me, and enable me to reject whatever is not the best for me. May I experience the truth of Psalm 29:2 Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

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

Hearing From God

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

Lord, thank you that You are willing to listen to me, and even more important, that You want me to have the blessing of hearing from You. “Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given.“‘

In the midst of all the competing voices in the world today, make it clear to me that most of what I hear from You will be from Your Holy Word, the Bible. As in the story in 1 Kings 19:9-13, most of the time You do not communicate with me in a loud and boisterous way, but by “a still small voice.”

Since You reveal Yourself in quietness and meekness, show me ways to be physically and mentally still so that I can hear You clearly. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” This being so, I open my heart and mind to You and ask You to direct me in discerning what needs to happen in my life through every situation.

Lord, as I listen, “show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.” Psalm 25:4-5

I bring these thoughts in Jesus’ Name, Amen.