Easter Thanksgiving and Praise

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Author: Elton Streyle, Photography and Editing: Ali

Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Your Son to die on the cross for me and my sin, and for raising Him from the grave to prove He has victory even over death.

Thank you that by making the events of Easter personal and accepting the truth about Jesus, I am assured of a home in Heaven when I die.

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

I am thankful for the positive change that Jesus has brought into my life. I am no longer controlled by the destructiveness of sin, but can live within the realm of God’s Righteousness. In Christ, I enjoy the peace of God that passes all understanding.

and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ JesusPhilippians 4:7

Teach me by Your Word how to grow in my understanding of Your Majesty and Sovereignty. Thank you that with You nothing is accidental and no experience in life is wasted. Even though I don’t know what the future holds, I know and belong to the One who holds the future.

In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.John 14:2-4

To God be the glory, great things He hath done,

so loved He the world that He gave His Son,

Who yielded His life an atonement for sin and opened the life gate that all may go in.

Praise the Lord.

-Song: ‘To God be the Glory’, by Fanny May Crosby

In Jesus’ Name, I give you thanksgiving and praise. Amen.

Contentment in the Lord

 

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Written by Elton Streyle, photography and editing by Ali

Heavenly Father, thank you for being my Shepherd and for all that it entails in my relationship with You. “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not wantPsalm 23:1.

Forgive me for the times when I struggle with being content and find myself in the desire of wanting more. You have promised to give me all that I need for a life of godliness and praise and worship to You. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens mePhilippians 4:13.  Enable me to be content with You alone and not be tempted to look for contentment in the worthless things of this world that many times only money can buy.

Lord, give me a good understanding of the teaching in Your Word that happiness is not based on my circumstances in life, but rather that real contentment and joy comes from knowing Jesus more and more.  Like the Apostle Paul, show me how to be accepting of my status in life. “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be contentPhilippians 4:11. Shift my focus from the things of this world to Jesus, Your ultimate Gift, realizing that all true contentment comes from Him. “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ JesusPhilippians 4:19.

I bring these thoughts in Jesus’ Name.

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.

Quote #6

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“Prayer is… talking with God and telling Him you love Him… Conversing with God about all things that are important in life, both large and small, and being assured He is listening.” -C. Neil Strait

“It’s not the number of words you say, or how eloquent you are that counts with God. As we speak, it is the sincerity of our words that matter to God.” -John Maxwell

“Where there is much prayer, there is much power. Where there is little prayer, there is little power. And where there is no prayer, there is no power.” -Anonymous

God’s Wonderful Deliverance for a Believer

 

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Written by Elton Streyle, photography and editing by Ali

Loving Father, thank you for the encouragement You give in Psalm 34. It is comforting that in the difficult times in life, You do not get tired of me coming to you with any and all of my problems. “This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them. Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him.” Psalm 34:6-9

In fact, You ask me to bring everything to You so that You will be glorified. “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify MePsalm 50:15. It is a great privilege as a believer to know that You are more powerful than anyone or anything in the world that will try to hurt or destroy me. “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.1 John 4:4

Father, develop in me a clear conviction that I can’t live a spiritually reckless life and expect to continue receiving Your many blessings. However, I do thank You that when someone goes down the wrong road, You are always waiting for them to come back so that You can continue to bless them. “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.

On a daily basis, teach me how to grow in my personal relationship with You through Your Word, prayer, music, and Christian fellowship. Like David in Psalm 34:17, I call out to You to be continually counted among the righteous so that I can experience the power in Psalm 34:7, “the angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them.

I bring these requests in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Praying for God’s Knowledge and Power for Children and Grandchildren

 

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Written by Elton Streyle, photography and editing by Ali

Father, I offer to You thanksgiving and praise that You sent Your only begotten Son into the world so that my children and grandchildren and I might live through Him. Thank you for rescuing our souls from eternal death and keeping us from constantly failing.

Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; Yes, our God is merciful. The LORD preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me. Return to your rest, O my soul, for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you. For You have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.Psalm 116:5-8

I bring my children and grandchildren to You and ask that You would give each of them the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the understanding of You and Your Word.

Direct them to be strong enough to refuse to fall into the ways of the foolish. I ask that You give my children and grandchildren the ability to discern between good and evil, holy and unholy and right and wrong.

Give them revelation that fills their mind and heart with a vision for their life that opens their eyes to what your purpose and calling is for them. Encourage them to be guided by that revelation so “…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,Ephesians 1:17.

I ask and pray these things to You, my God, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture #10

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But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ [thank you].” 1 Corinthians 15:57

For He shall give His angels charge over you [thank you], to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone [thank you].” Psalm 91:11-12

Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses [thank you]. 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 [thank you].” Romans 8:26

Developing Faith in God

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Written by Elton Streyle, photography and editing by Ali

Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me the faith to believe and accept what Your Word says about my salvation: “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

I ask that You will give me the same kind of faith in Your Word that I had for my initial salvation to enable me to live the Christian life. “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.Romans 10:17

Father, show me how to build my faith in You by reading and understanding Your Word. Direct me also to put my faith and trust in the promises throughout Your Scriptures so that I can live my Christian life by faith and not by sight. “For we walk by faith, not by sight.2 Corinthians 5:7

Empower me to search the Scriptures to see what they say with regard to any and all situations in my life. May I obtain a complete faith to rest in and act on your promises. Direct me to change my life to be more godly and serve You under Your protective and mighty hand: “Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.Ephesians 6:16

Thank you, Father, that through faith in You, I can turn from anything that I have mistakenly trusted in and put my faith in You and You alone.

I bring these requests to You 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.”

Renewing the Mind

 

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Written by Elton Streyle, photography and editing by AliHeavenly Father, thank you for the instructions in Your Word as to how I can be spiritually-minded rather than carnally-minded and as to how my mind can be renewed and transformed as I present myself to You as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to You.

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.Romans 12:2

Let the power of Your Word grasp me so that I can see everything with a clear mind and from a Biblical perspective. Romans 8:5 says, “for those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

Show me how not to be clouded with the cultural viewpoints of the society that I live in.

Since what I put into my mind determines what comes out in words and actions, direct me to be very sensitive to the kind of materials that I read in books and magazines and what I watch on television or in movies. Program my mind to be in agreement with Paul’s admonishment in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things. 

Father, today, tomorrow and from here on out, I give my mind to You to be renewed, restored and directed by the Holy Spirit living within me.

I bring this prayer to You in Jesus’ Name, Amen.