Jesus’ Teaching About Prayer (Based on Luke 11:1-4)

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

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to praise and thank You for Your Word, the Bible. You give instruction on how I can live a life that is pleasing and honoring to You. You have detailed everything that I need for my Christian walk. I am especially thankful for the teaching Your Son gives in Luke 11:1-4 on how to pray effectively. Direct me to follow the instruction that Jesus gave to His disciples to first spend some time in praise and thanksgiving before making requests. Doing this gets me into the right mindset to focus on You instead of coming to You with a shopping list of things that I need. Jesus said in verse 2: “‘When you pray, say: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’” This teaching is confirmed in Psalm 100:4. “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.  Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” 

Thank you for the next lesson You want me to learn. Just like the disciples, You want me to be dependent on You. The provision You have for me is daily and will not carry me through if I only communicate with You on an occasional basis. Verse 3:Give us day by day our daily bread.

Thank you for sharing, throughout the Bible, what seems to be the cornerstone of all prayer.  That key element is the importance of forgiveness in my relationship with You and with other believers.  Psalm 66:18If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.” Since Jesus has forgiven me, direct me to be aware that I must do the same with anyone who has wronged me. Doing this will eliminate the tool of unforgiveness that Satan likes to use to tempt me with evil activities. Verse 4a: And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.

I ask You to continually teach me to model my praying after these instructions from Your Son. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

P.S. These prayers will only work if you have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. If you need help understanding God’s plan of salvation for you (the way to heaven), go to this page on our site: https://timewithourcreator.com/2016/06/02/salvation/

Prayer About Living by God’s Wisdom (Based on Psalm 111)

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

All wise Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for so willingly sharing Your unlimited wisdom with me, a born-again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.  I acknowledge what You share in Psalm 111, that Your way is perfect and that living in Your wisdom and trusting in Your Name is the only true way to a godly life. Verse 2-3The works of the LORD are great, studied by all who have pleasure in them. His work is honorable and glorious, and His righteousness endures forever.” I recognize that my own incapable way of living leads to meaninglessness and ruin. Without You, I am like a lost sheep, with neither purpose nor hope.

Direct me to accept that the only way to become truly wise is to fear (revere) You, and that You are the source of all true wisdom.  Show me how to practice verse 10 in everything that I do by honoring You through praise, worship, prayer, and obedience to Your commandments. “The fear [reverence] of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.” 

Forgive me for the times I seek the easy way out by expecting You to solve my problems with no action taken on my part. Remind me of the Scriptures’ teaching that many times You have something for me to learn from difficult circumstances. There are multiple examples in Your Word, the Bible, showing that You want me to ask for wisdom and reassuring me that You will give it in order that I may learn how to handle any situation according to Your plan and purpose.  Thank you that I can find hope, encouragement, and peace in Your infinite and perfect wisdom, which gives me a life full of meaning and driven by the pursuit of Your glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

P.S. These prayers will only work if you have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. If you need help understanding God’s plan of salvation for you (the way to heaven), go to this page on our site: https://timewithourcreator.com/2016/06/02/salvation/

Jesus’ Instruction for Believers on How to Build a Godly Life Based on Him (Matthew 7:24-25)

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

Heavenly Father, I come to You today through the Name of Your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to thank You for Your Word and the power of the truth found therein. Because Your Word, the Bible, is representative of You, I can feel confident about basing my life around the principles and truths expressed in it. I ask that You give me direction and strength not only to read and hear Your instructions, but to live by them as well.

Thank you for the simple and clear illustration in Matthew 7:24-25 about the importance of having a solid biblical foundation to build on as I grow in my Christian life. Jesus says, “therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on a rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.” It is a blessing to see how this parable illustrates the importance of me building my Christian life by being obedient to the teaching and example of Jesus, the rock foundation.

Show me how to always be a doer of Your Word, and not just a hearer. James 1:22But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” Embolden me to follow along the path You have laid out for my life and strengthen me for the tasks yet to come. I want to build my life upon You, for I know You are the only steady rock in the shifting sands around me.

Thank you for the summary of this teaching in the song The Solid Rock:

My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

P.S. These prayers will only work if you have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. If you need help understanding God’s plan of salvation for you (the way to heaven), go to this page on our site: https://timewithourcreator.com/2016/06/02/salvation/

Miniature Specific Scripture Prayers #44

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

Photo taken in Texas.

Asking God for Protection

All powerful Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name I pray David’s prayer in Psalm 64:1-2. “Hear my voice, O God, in my meditation; preserve my life from fear of the enemy. Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked, from the rebellion of the workers of iniquity.” 

Sins Forgiven and Forgotten

Forgiving Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ powerful Name, thank you that when You forgive my sin, You also forget it. Isaiah 43:25I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.

God’s Gift to Mankind

Giving Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for the gift of salvation that lasts forever. Ephesians 2:8-9For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”  

Corrective Discipline

All wise Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, direct me to be open to and accept the benefits of Your correction. Proverbs 3:11-12aMy son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, nor detest His correction; for whom the LORD loves He corrects.

Spirit of Truth

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for being the Spirit of Truth. John 16:13However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

Rescued from Sheol (Hell)

Gracious Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you that as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ You have delivered me from the place in Psalm 86:13. “For great is Your mercy toward me, and You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.”  

P.S. These prayers will only work if you have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. If you need help understanding God’s plan of salvation for you (the way to heaven), go to this page on our site: https://timewithourcreator.com/2016/06/02/salvation/

Psalm 86 as a Prayer Guide for Talking to God

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

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for giving this Psalm as a guide to communicating with You when I don’t have the proper words. These verses direct me about how to share my thoughts with You. Verse 6: “Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications,verse 3: Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I cry to You all day long.

It is a great blessing that in Your Word, the Bible, there is no confusion of who You are. There may be many different gods worshiped in the world, but I praise You with verse 10. “For You are great, and do wondrous things; You alone are God.

Thank you for providing forgiveness without any hesitation as soon as I ask for it. You do not only forgive my sins, but through Christ I have an abundance of grace and mercy as well. Thank you for verse 5. “For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.” I worship, praise, and thank You for the ultimate gift expressed in verse 13. “For great is Your mercy toward me, and You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

Just as David turned to You and trusted You alone, open my heart to Your never-ending love and teach me to draw closer to You amidst adversity. I am open to verse 11. “Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name.” Thank you for the precious words in this Psalm. Amen.

P.S. These prayers will only work if you have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. If you need help understanding God’s plan of salvation for you (the way to heaven), go to this page on our site: https://timewithourcreator.com/2016/06/02/salvation/

2023 New Year’s Prayer

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

Gracious Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for allowing me another year to live on this Earth. I ask for Your guidance in the year ahead. 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.” It seems like this past year went by quickly, so direct me not to forget what You did and what You taught me in 2022.

Bring to my mind, like the stones of remembrance did for Israel in Joshua 4:1-8, the times You moved in my life in 2022. Joshua 4:7 “‘Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever.‘” I praise You for the following things that You did for me and through me: _______. I know that I can trust You, the One who never changes. Malachi 3:6a‘For I am the LORD, I do not change:’” You were faithful in 2022, and You will remain faithful in 2023, no matter what my circumstances may be.

I ask that You continue to grow my trust in You. Proverbs 3:56 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.” Give me the proper perspective to see You at work in my life this new year. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

P.S. These prayers will only work if you have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. If you need help understanding God’s plan of salvation for you (the way to heaven), go to this page on our site: https://timewithourcreator.com/2016/06/02/salvation/

A Christmas Message

Merry Christmas and a blessed new year, from all of us at Time With Our Creator! It is a blessing to have you follow us on our prayer blog.

Jesus, the greatest gift to the world: Luke 2:6-7So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

2022 Christmas Prayer (Based on Isaiah 9:6)

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

Wonderful Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to thank You for the meaning of Christmas. Christmas marks the beginning of Your work on Earth through Jesus Christ. Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” I ask that You direct me to live out the words of the traditional Christmas song O Come All Ye Faithful this season. The song calls us to adore Christ and worship Him.

Your Word, the Bible, directs me to worship You not only by singing hymns and songs of praise, but by sharing the Gospel with others. 1 Chronicles 16:23-24 Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.” Give me the courage to use Christmas as an opportunity to tell others about You.

Just as the shepherds and the wisemen came to worship Jesus, direct me to do the same. Luke 2:20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.” Keep me from missing the significance of this holiday in the midst of all the hustle and bustle of the season. Remind me that Christmas is about what John 1:14 declares: “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Thank you for this opportunity to celebrate Jesus’ birth with family, friends, and special traditions. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

P.S. These prayers will only work if you have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. If you need help understanding God’s plan of salvation for you (the way to heaven), go to this page on our site: https://timewithourcreator.com/2016/06/02/salvation/

Prayer About Living in the Light of the Lord Jesus Christ (Based on John 8:12)

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

Heavenly Father, I come to You in the powerful Name of the Lord Jesus Christ to thank You for the light that Jesus brought when He came from Heaven to Earth.  John 8:12 expresses clearly what He is. “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.’

Because of what Your Son did on the cross, all have the opportunity to believe and have salvation. When one makes that decision, Jesus lights up every part of life. Thank you for the light Jesus brings to my mind and how He sets me free from intellectual darkness.  When darkness comes, You give just enough light for the road I am on. It is the light of Christ in my mind that gives me understanding and assurance of Your sovereignty. 

Thank you that through the work of the Holy Spirt, I have the light of Christ dwelling within me, which gives me all the treasures of God’s wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:3In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Put a desire in my heart and mind to always read Your Word, which brightens the light of Jesus within me and exposes all the works of darkness. I ask that the light You have given me not be hidden, but that You give me the courage to shine for Christ for all to see. Matthew 5:16Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Since the light of Jesus is the ultimate gift, direct me to never cease to praise and thank You for it, and to share it with everyone I can.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

P.S. These prayers will only work if you have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. If you need help understanding God’s plan of salvation for you (the way to heaven), go to this page on our site: https://timewithourcreator.com/2016/06/02/salvation/

Attributes of God to Keep in Mind When Praying About Chaotic Situations in Life and the World (Based on Joshua 1:9)

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

All wise Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to thank You for the encouragement You speak to me through Your Word in these uncertain times in life and the world we live in. Direct me to pray with trust in the fact that You are everywhere and are in control of all circumstances, just as You told Joshua in Joshua in 1:9. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

It is encouraging to know that in addition to You being in control, there are many Scripture verses that emphasize that You are always good, even if there are some in the world who deny that. Nahum 1:7 “The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.” Psalm 100:5For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.

Another attribute for me to think about is that You are just. I do not have to be concerned whether justice will be served. What You told Israel in Deuteronomy 32:4 is still true today. “He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice, a God of truth and without injustice; righteous and upright is He.” No matter what happens, I can also depend on You to be faithful. 1 Corinthians 10:13aNo temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful.

Sometimes, as hard as it may be, I ask You to direct me to think about these attributes when I face or hear about difficult situations:

  • God is in control
  • God is good
  • God is just
  • God is faithful

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

P.S. These prayers will only work if you have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. If you need help understanding God’s plan of salvation for you (the way to heaven), go to this page on our site: https://timewithourcreator.com/2016/06/02/salvation/