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.

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Miniature Prayers #5

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Photo taken in Colorado.

 

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.”

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Lighting the Path

Lord, thank you for showing me the obstacles to avoid to keep me from falling. “Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my pathPsalm 119:105.

Secure Relationship With God

Heavenly Father, thank you for the assurance that no one can “…separate us from the love of God 
which is in Christ Jesus our LordRomans 8:39.

Walking in the Light

Jesus, thank you for the advice in John 8:12. “…I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

Treatment of Others

Heavenly Father, direct me “to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all menTitus 3:2.

Indwelling Holy Spirit

Jesus, thank you for the promise in John 14:16. “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper [The Holy Spirit], to be with you forever.” (ESV)

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.

Miniature Prayers #4

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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.”

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Provision Of Salvation

Lord, thank you for the provision in 2 Corinthians 5:17. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

God’s Faithfulness

Lord, thank you for the promise in 2 Thessalonians 3:3. “But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.”

Encouragement in Difficult Times

Heavenly Father, thank you for the promise  in Philippians 4:13. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Right Mindset

Lord, direct me to “set [my] mind [and affections] on things above, not on things on the earthColossians 3:2.

God’s Mercy

Heavenly Father, thank you for the instruction in Psalm 86:5. “For You Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.”

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.

Giving Praise to the Lord

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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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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.

Miniature Prayers #3

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Photo taken in Hawaii.

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.”

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God’s Infinite Power

Lord, thank you that I have access to Your infinite power. “And He is before all things, and in Him all things consistColossians 1:17.

Sin Taken Care Of

Heavenly Father, as a believer I thank You for the promise in Psalm 103:12. “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”

Looking for a Pure Heart

Lord, direct me to “flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart2 Timothy 2:22.

No Fear Of Man

I praise You, Lord, for the promise in Psalm 118:6. “The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?

Opening My Eyes

Heavenly Father, I ask that every day You will reveal to me the message in Psalm 119:18. “Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your law.”

 

Relying on God’s Wisdom

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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.