Prayer Based on Proverbs 2 for Gaining Wisdom from God

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

All wise Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, I come to You in light of Jesus dying on the cross and His resurrection. I acknowledge my need for complete dependence on You. You are the source of all that is good, true, and right. All wisdom and understanding comes from You as well. Verse 6-7 For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly.

I ask that You lead me in Your Word to where wisdom is found for daily direction for living and comfort. Give me a heart and a desire for the spiritual milk of Your Word to mature in Godliness. 1 Peter 2:2As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.” Thank you that with Your wisdom, I can develop the ability to discern right from wrong and evil motives from others. Verse 10-11-12aWhen wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, discretion will preserve you; understanding will keep you, to deliver you from the way of evil.

It is a great blessing and gift from You that I do not have to look at life from a worldly view, but rather through a lens of the true wisdom and understanding found in Your Word, the Bible. Remind me often about how great a desire You have for all people to have the wisdom expressed in this chapter of Proverbs and that it is my obligation to do all that I can to share Your Gospel so that others can have it also. Verse 21-22a For the upright will dwell in the land, and the blameless will remain in it; but the wicked will be cut off from the earth.” Thank you for the wisdom in this chapter of Proverbs. Amen.

Prayer About the Spirit of Honor

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Heavenly Father, I come to You through the Name of Jesus my Savior to bring You praise and honor. You are worthy of all the praise I have, and deserve nothing less. Psalm 150:6aLet everything that has breath praise the LORD.

One of the ways You want me to show honor to You is by honoring and respecting those You have put in authority over me (church, family, police, government, etc.). Romans 13:1-2aLet every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore, whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God.

You have put many verses in Your Word (the Bible) about how I am to respect the authority of people over me and that it is for my own good. Even if I do not necessarily like or agree with the person, I still need to honor the office the person holds. Therefore, I ask that You direct me to have a spirit of honor and respect for all those who are in authority over me.

Let my love for You overcome my negative feelings toward any kind of authority. Instead, encourage me to pray for them to be the kind of leader you want them to be. Show me how to extend this respect and honor not just to those in authority, but to everyone I associate with. 1 Peter 5:5b “Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

In Jesus’ Name, thank you for all these instructions. Amen.

Prayer About Valentine’s Day as a Reminder of God’s Love

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

Loving Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for the reminder this Valentine’s season gives about love. In spite of the joy of seeing so much around us about love made up of cards, flowers, teddy bears, and candy, it does not come close to the genuine, lasting love You have for us.

Your Word, the Bible, has many expressions about how much You love Your children. The ultimate expression is found in John 3:16. “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.

So many times, my love is conditional. How great it is that Your love is unconditional. It is not based on who I am or what I say or do. I could not earn Your love no matter how hard I tried. It is wonderful that Your love is based on Your unfailing character. Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

It is Your love for me, and the Holy Spirit dwelling in me, which allows me to have the privilege of loving others with a genuine love as expressed in John 13:34. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”

Thank you for the many Scripture passages in the Bible like 1 Corinthians 13 that give direction on what Christ’s love through me can and should look like. You point out in the Bible that there are many spiritual gifts, but love is one that we all have and should demonstrate.

As I go out in the world and see many different expressions of love, direct me to always put far more focus on Your love.

In Jesus’ Name, thank you for the powerful message in this little chorus: “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” Amen.

Miniature Specific Scripture Prayers #31

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God’s Love is Always Near

Compassionate Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you that when I am in difficult, heart aching situations, Your love is always there as expressed in Psalm 34:18. “The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.

God’s Mercy

Merciful Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for the promise about confession in Proverbs 28:13. “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.

Giving Thanks

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, direct me to practice Ephesians 5:20 as a lifestyle. “Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Living with Proper Humility

Lord, in Jesus Name, show me how to have the correct balance in living Romans 12:3. “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

Going Forward with Christ

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, direct me as a believer in Jesus Christ to practice what Paul did in Philippians 3:13. “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.

Putting Off the Old

Lord, in Your Son’s Name, direct me to accomplish Colossians 3:8-9. “But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds.

Prayer Based on Proverbs 3:5-6

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

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 the promise, encouragement, and comfort in these verses. I want to trust completely in You because my knowledge, understanding, and emotions can be very unpredictable. Direct me to make decisions based not only on my own intellect, but on the wisdom You provide in Your Word, the Bible. You are a far better judge and know what is best in every choice I have to make. It is a great blessing that I can bring all my decisions to You in prayer, use the Bible as my guide, and then follow Your leading.

I acknowledge You as: Jehovah-Jireh (The Lord Provides), Jehovah-Rophe (The Lord Heals), Jehovah-Nissi (The Lord Our Banner), Jehovah-Rohi (The Lord My Shepherd), Jehovah-Shalom (The Lord My Peace), Jehovah-Tsidekenu (The Lord Our Righteousness), Jehovah-Shammah (The Lord is Present), Jehovah-M’Kaddesh (The Lord Who Sanctifies). Reprinted from the 2959 Plan devotion by Peter Lord.

Thank you that Jesus confirmed in Mathew 6:33 all that Solomon said I need to do to receive Your guidance. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” I praise You that as a believer in Jesus Christ, I have the Holy Spirit dwelling within me, and because of that I can actively choose to give You first place in every area of my life. I invite You to accomplish Your purpose for me. Amen.

God’s Discontentment With Pride

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

Just Heavenly Father, I come before You boldly, not out of my own strength, but rather through the perfection of Your Son and His gift of that perfection to me. It is clear in Your Word (the Bible) that You have a disdain for pride. You have mentioned it in approximately 46 verses in 17 books. Some of the verses are very direct. Proverbs 8:13The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate.

Forgive me for the times when I see myself as self-sustaining and let pride creep in. I do not want to have happen to me what is expressed in Proverbs 16:18. “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” I ask You to open my eyes to my true vulnerabilities and frailties. Show me my weaknesses and knock down self-pride.

Direct me not to have a spirit of fear, but rather a spirit of unmatched strength and boldness found only in You. Hebrews 4:16Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Remind me constantly to let my sense of self-reliance die, and instead lean on Your sufficiency. It is Your wisdom guiding my decisions. It is Your love that enables me to show compassion and care towards others. It is Your very air that I breathe. I am nothing without You. In 2 Corinthians 12:9 Jesus said, ‘”My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.“‘

In Jesus’ Name, thank you that if I allow You to fully control my life, pride will not be a part of it. Amen.

Prayer About the Importance of Reverence for God

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

Sovereign Heavenly Father, I come before Your throne through the life, death, and resurrection of Your Son Jesus. Thank you for this privilege as Your child. Forgive me for the times when I have not practiced reverence for You the way I should. I ask You for insight and greater understanding of Your character, love, comfort, knowledge, mercy, grace, and power.

Infatuate my heart with Your splendor by removing all scales off of my eyes and directing me to more seriously do what is expressed in Hebrews 12:28. “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.

I long to see You for who You truly are and for You to dispel any preconceived notions or ideas of Your character that are not true. Protect my heart from viewing You as anything less than great and deserving of my complete reverence. Give me a righteous fear (respect) of You and from that fear, let understanding and wisdom grow in me.

In Your Word in Proverbs 9:10, You say that “the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Direct me to fully comprehend that reverence for You is the only proper posture I can take when I begin to know You for who you really are.

It is such a great blessing to read and meditate on the promise You have expressed in Psalm 128:1. “Blessed is every one who fears the LORD, who walks in His ways.” Constantly remind me to be open to Psalm 86:11. “Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear [reverence] Your name.

Miniature Specific Scripture Prayers #30

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

Keeping God First in Everything

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for the promise in Mathew 6:33-34a. If I put You first in everything, You will take care of me. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow.

Accepting Instruction

All wise Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, direct me to practice the instruction in Proverbs 9:9-10a. “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.

Nothing is Impossible with God

Unlimited Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you that I can experience with confidence what is expressed in Mark 10:27b. Jesus said: ‘”With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.“‘

God’s Way of Life

Gracious Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for the great promise for believers in Proverbs 12:28. “In the way of the righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.

God as a Teacher

All wise Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, I ask You to do for me Psalm 86:11. “Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name.

Pure Speech

Lord, I come in Jesus’ Name to ask You to direct my speech to be as expressed in Ephesians 4:29. “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.

Prayer Lessons in Difficult Times (Based on Psalm 13)

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

All wise Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for the prayer lessons I can learn from David in Psalm 13. In verse one, You show me that David was totally honest with You about how he felt. Verse 1: “How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?

Sometimes I think You are not going to be pleased if I tell You exactly how I feel. However, throughout the Bible You demonstrate that this isn’t true. You want me to have a close relationship with You, where everything is out in the open. You already know it all anyway.

Like David did, direct and encourage me to have faith and trust in You no matter how long I have to wait. Verse 3a: “Consider and hear me, O LORD my God; enlighten my eyes.” It is Your unfailing mercy that will bring me through to the other side of any crisis. Verse 5a: “But I have trusted in Your mercy.

When the pressure is on, encourage me to follow David’s example and not give in to a life of despair. It is a great blessing that as a child of Yours, I can be honest and share my most intimate feelings with You and trust in everything I know about You.

Like David, I can end up with praise and rejoicing in You. Verse 5b-6: “My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, because He has dealt bountifully with me.

In Jesus’ Name, thank you for the many powerful lessons in Your Word, the Bible. Amen.

2021 New Year’s Prayer

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

All wise and loving Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name. This last year, with all the chaos, heartache, and pain in the world, it seems like everything is out of control. However, I thank You for the promise, peace, and comfort You express in Psalm 103:19 that this is not the case at all. “The LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all.

During the past, You have brought revivals in America and throughout the world. I ask like the writer in Psalm 85:6-7 did, “will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You? Show us Your mercy, Lord, and grant us Your salvation.” May that revival start with me. Direct me to exchange my weaknesses with Your strength and my doubts with Your righteousness and courage. Thank you that You are never too tired or busy to listen and help, and that Your wisdom and power never diminish.

Encourage me to listen to You speak through Your Word and Spirit and be patient when You ask me to wait for Your perfect timing and help. May I rest in Your promise in Isaiah 40:31. “But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

Since we are entering 2021 with so many unknowns, show me how to stay positive and be a shining light to those around me. May I experience Proverbs 3:5-6 more than ever. “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.

In Jesus’ comforting name, amen.