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



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.

Prayer Quotes to Think About #10


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Quote Selection: Elton Streyle, Photography: Ali

“When you pray, use the prayer book (the Bible).” -R.F. Gates

“As water is to physical life, so prayer is to spiritual life. It’s not too much to say that prayer allows our spiritual life to exist. Without it we wither and crumble inside.” -E.M. Bounds

“Praying now about developing correct habits for walking with the Lord, eating, exercise, work, recreation, and fellowship will produce a big pay off later.” -Elton Streyle

“Prayer does not fit us for greater works, prayer is the greater work.” -Oswald Chambers

“No believer’s spiritual life will ever rise to stay above the level of his praying. You are what you are on your knees, nothing more. The effectiveness of a Christian’s life is gauged by his prayer life.” -J. Gordon Henry

Time With Our Creator Featured on Encouraging Dads Project

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Elton Streyle, contributor Noah, and editor/photographer Ali were asked to write an article and prayer for a web-site called the Encouraging Dads Project. The site is designed to give fathers tips on raising children and being an effective father. This is the same group that produced the film called The Father Effect.


We invite you to read our article and prayer called “A Father’s Influence and a Father’s Prayer” on their website. To read our post, click on the link below:



Miniature Prayers #6


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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.”


Being a Good Worker

Lord, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to ask You to direct me to be a good servant as mentioned in Colossians 3:23. “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.”

Giving Praise to God

Father in Heaven, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to have You encourage me to be obedient to the instruction in Psalm 51:15. “O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise.”

Dealing With Thoughts of Revenge

Lord, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank you for Your promise to reprimand those who hurt me. “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the LordRomans 12:19.

Control of Speech

Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to ask You to always “set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lipsPsalm 141:3.

Relying on God’s Wisdom

Lord, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to thank you for the promise in James 1:5. “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.

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.


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.