God’s Empowerment

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

All-powerful Heavenly Father, I come to You in Your Son’s Name to thank you for Your promise that I don’t ever have to live alone in the flesh but that You will give me strength in the Spirit if I will solely trust in You. Your Word tells me, “if we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the SpiritGalatians 5:25.

Although I live in this world of strife, dissension, and chaos which works hard to take away my joy and peace, You have provided an answer for perfect peace in Isaiah 26:3. “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”

It is encouraging to be able to trust in the truth that You bring out in Jeremiah 32:17 that You are not limited the way we, Your children, are. “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.

Father, I humbly come before You, recognizing that in my own strength I have and am nothing, but because of You living within me through the Holy Spirit, You are proud of me and want to make something of my life. I ask You to direct my life in such a way that it will be said of me like it was of Hezekiah: “And he did what was right in the sight of the LORD…2 Chronicles 29:2.

Thank you that I can bring these thoughts in Jesus’ Name, Amen

 

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Looking Back for Encouragement to go Forward

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

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for the privilege of being able to look back in my life and see Your faithfulness in the good and difficult times. “Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulnessLamentations 3:22-23.

Direct me to recall Your goodness and work in all seasons of my life. Develop in me the mental attitude that “God certainly would not bring me this far in life and now all of a sudden drop me and not be interested in my future anymore.”

Thank you for the assurance about my future found in Psalm 23:6. “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.

Give me the courage and strength to realize that when the challenges and setbacks in life come, You will guide and lead me all the way through to the other side.

Since my responsibility is to call upon You and then trust and yield to Your leading, I ask that you direct my life to be exemplary of Proverbs 3:5-6. “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.”

Thank you for allowing me to bring this prayer in Jesus’ precious Name, Amen.

 

New Year’s Prayer for 2018

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

 

Lord, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to thank You for Your love, protection, and guidance throughout the last year. Many times You gave more than I deserved or could expect. But because of your faithfulness and graciousness to me, You made Psalm 46:1 a reality in my life. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Even in very difficult and challenging times, I was able to rest in your promise revealed in Romans 8:28And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

Enable me to boldly proclaim to the people who do not know You the plan You have laid out for them in John 3:16. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

I ask not necessarily for an easy year or one with all comfort, but rather for a powerful year of transformation to further Your glory and goodness, not my own.

The journey ahead may be hard and uncomfortable at times, but I ask You to enable me to fully put my trust in You to sustain and guide me as it is laid out in Proverbs 3:5-6. “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.

Thank you that I can bring these requests in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Christmas Prayer

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Lord, we come into Your presence today through the name of Your ultimate gift to us, Jesus. We ​are a world in need of a Savior, and You sent Jesus to redeem us from our sins. “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the LordLuke 2:11.

In Your love for us You gave Your only begotten Son, and today we stop and celebrate that gift and thank You for Him. You prophesied in Your Word (the Bible) that You would send Your son to die so that we could accept Him to be delivered from sin and live with You for eternity.

Thank you for recording all these events in Your Word​, the Bible, and for announcing Jesus’ birth through the music of praise and thanksgiving sung by the Angels. The many Christmas songs that have been composed throughout the years and are still sung today are one of the many blessings we have for celebrating Jesus’ birth.

Luke 2:13-14 tells us, “and suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!“‘

We are forever grateful that You sent Your Son to enrich the world, turn darkness to light and despair into delight. Because of that, we can relate to that blessed Christmas chorus, “O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.” Thank you ​​that we can bring this prayer in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

God’s Faithfulness to His Word

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

Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to thank you for being faithful in all the promises that You express to me in Your Word, and for never abandoning me or breaking any of Your promises. “As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tested; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.Psalm 18:30

Forgive me for the times I have had the tendency to go back to being self-reliant instead of fully trusting in You. Remind me that when I am facing any temptation or crisis in my life I can rely on Your Word. “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.1 Corinthians 10:13

I ask You to enable me to see and understand the big picture You have laid out in Your Scriptures about Your faithfulness. Guide me to have complete confidence and rest in Your Word so that I can trust You with everything in my life and experience the peace of God that passes all understanding. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6

My God, I thank You that I can come to You in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Trusting God in Difficult Times: A Prayer Based on Psalm 86

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

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank you for being my refuge in times of trouble and for lifting me up when I am discouraged. “The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of troublePsalm 9:9.

It is a privilege to know that no matter what situation I may be in, I can trust that You are in control and always know what is best because “…You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truthPsalm 86:15.

Like the psalmist David, I come to you with the request in Psalm 86:1-4. “Bow down Your ear, O LORD, hear me; for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life, for I am holy; You are my God; save your servant who trusts in You! Be merciful to me O Lord, for I cry to You all day long. Rejoice the soul of Your servant, for to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.”

Show me anything in my life that is a hindrance to You being able to work in and through me. “For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon YouPsalm 86:5.
As I grow in my walk with You, “teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your namePsalm 86:11.

Lastly, I yield myself to You to be used by You as an example to those that You want to show Your mercy and other attributes. “Show me a sign for good, that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed, because You, LORD, have helped me and comforted mePsalm 86:17.

Thank you for guiding my prayer with this Psalm. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

A Thanksgiving Prayer

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

A suggestion on how to use this prayer guide and fulfill the command in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for that is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you:”

After each topic, pause for a short time to offer your own expressions of thanksgiving and praise to God. Meditate on a few of these every day between now and Thanksgiving.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to ask You to guide me to be a thankful person and to live in an attitude of prayer. Do not allow anything in my life to overpower Your many blessings:

  1. Thank you for my salvation… John 3:16
  2. Thank you for material provisions such as food and clothes… Philippians 4:19
  3. Thank you for the joy provided by the following loved ones in my family…
  4. Thank you for giving physical and emotional healing… Isaiah 53:5
  5. Thank you for my brothers and sisters in my church…
  6. Thank you for many answered prayers…
  7. Thank you for the wonder and beauty of Your creation… Genesis 1
  8. Thank you for the freedom we enjoy in our nation…
  9. Thank you for those who are defending our country as part of the military and the police…
  10. Thank you for those who are serving on the mission fields…
  11. Thank you for forgiveness… 1 John 1:9
  12. Thank you for the joyous times of praise and worship… Psalm 100
  13. Thank you for the armor of God… Ephesians 6:10-20

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High.” Psalm 92:1

Lord, thank you for hearing this prayer in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Prayer About Six Major Parts of the Body Part 2

The first part of this prayer was posted on October 27, 2017. If you would like to read it, click here. Meditate on one section per day.

Mouth

Heavenly Father, knowing that the average person opens his mouth approximately 700 times a day to speak, I ask that You guard what I say so that my words will bring honor and glory to Your Name. Make Psalm 141:3 a reality for me. “Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.” (Psalm 39:1, Psalm 8:2, Proverbs 26:28)

Hands

Direct my hands to be used in whatever way You want to work in developing Your kingdom ​as I help others with their needs where I can. “And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; yes, establish the work of our handsPsalm 90:17. (1 Thessalonians 4:11, 1 Samuel 23:16, Zephaniah 3:16).

Feet

As I walk through this life, shine the light of Christ in front of me one step at a time, just like walking through a forest with a flashlight. Give me discernment ​about where I should walk. “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my pathPsalm 119:105. (Isaiah 52:7, Luke 1:79, Psalm 18:36)

Remind me often to give praise and thanks to You for the degree to which all these parts of my body function correctly physically and spiritually.

I bring this prayer in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer About 6 Major Parts of the Body: Part 1

This prayer exercise is designed to highlight the function of some of our major body parts in our spiritual development. In addition to what is written, look up the extra Scriptures and meditate on them. Meditate on one section per day.

Mind

Lord, thank you for allowing me to have the Scriptures to direct me in how to develop a Christ-like mind. Develop in me the ability to be constantly renewing my mind spiritually. “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. (Romans 12:16, Isaiah 26:3, 2 Timothy 1:7, Philippians 2:5)

Eyes

Direct my eyes to constantly be turned away from the evil of this world. May my focus always be on the good things of God. “I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to mePsalm 101:3. (Psalm 32:8, Psalm 119:37, Psalm 121:1, Matthew 18:9)

Ears

Open my ears to hear clearly what You are telling me from Your Word and Spirit. Give me discernment when listening to others to tell if their speech is in accordance with Your Biblical principles. “The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledgeProverbs 18:15. (1 Corinthians 2:9, Revelations 2:7, Exodus 10: 2, Jeremiah 19:3)

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

The second half of this prayer will be posted on November 3, 2017. Click here to read it.

Prayer for Comfort in These Troubling Times

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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.