Prayer About God Filling Our Emptiness

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

Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of my Lord Jesus Christ to thank You for how You fill me with spiritual blessings. Romans 15:13Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Even from the beginning of creation, You filled the earth with all that we have. Thank you for the ultimate filling You provide for all who accept Jesus Christ for salvation. John 1:16-17And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

It is a blessing to see in the New Testament that Jesus’ attitude was to fill people with good deeds. When Peter was not catching any fish, You told him what to do and he caught many. Luke 5:6And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking.” When food was needed at the Passover feast, Jesus took care of that need too. Matthew 15:36And He [Jesus] took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude.

Since Jesus is still in the business of filling emptiness with Himself, direct me to be open to all that He has for me. It is a great blessing to be filled with Your Word, Spirit, truth, and the ways of Jesus’ very life. Open my ears to hear You clearly as You guide me in all my decisions. Show me how to always put You first and do away with the activities that weaken my relationship with You.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

God’s Great Action of Love and Encouragement for His Children (Based on Psalm 103)

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

Loving Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for the love and encouragement You show to all of us who are born again believers in Jesus Christ. As I look at all that You have done and are doing, I see the awesome God You are. At times when I get concerned or discouraged, direct me to look at David’s list in this Psalm of what he praised God for, and encourage me to do the same to get my mind focused on You. Verses 3-6:Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The LORD executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.Verse 8a: “The LORD is merciful and gracious.” 

It is a blessing to receive all of what is expressed in these verses when I do not deserve any of it. Thank you for the promise in verse 10. “He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities.” What an encouragement it is to know that Your love for me is not based on my actions, but that You give grace for my shortcomings. I ask that You continue to give me more of an understanding of Your mercy and grace, and in turn, a respect for all that You are. Verse 17a:But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him.” The message in this Psalm shows that You have unlimited power over everything. Therefore, direct me to realize that You are sufficient to control all of my life if I am willing.   

In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Prayer About Looking at the 10 Commandments Through the Eyes of God’s Love (Based on Exodus 20)

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

Loving heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for the Ten Commandments in Your Word, the Bible, and for giving these instructions for Your children to develop a righteous life.  It is a blessing that You make it clear that living by the Commandments has nothing to do with salvation, the way to Heaven, but everything to do with developing a godly life. Salvation is explained 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.” 

Probably the most important Commandment is the one that teaches me not to worship any other God than You, the one and only true God. Exodus 20:3-4You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image – any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.” Thank you that, because of Your love for Israel, You shared these commandments with them through Moses.  Now, because of Your love for me, and through the grace provided by Jesus Christ, I can follow these same principles to live a life that will bring freedom, personal growth, and many other spiritual blessings.

Since the Commandments come from Your love and can be held as ideals even if they can’t be perfectly obeyed, direct me to read and use them as a guide for living. This will be a good check to see how I am doing with how You want me to live. If I am failing in practicing any of Your guidelines, direct me to do whatever it takes to get back on track, even if it involves forgiveness and repentance. Thank you that all Your commandments and instructions are because of Your gift of love and protection for me.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer About God’s Protection and Peace (Based on Psalm 4)

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

Compassionate Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, humble and grateful that I can find rest in Your arms. Thank you that like David, I can speak to You directly and know that You are always willing to listen and take my burdens in time of distress. Verse 1: “Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.” It is a blessing to have confidence that by walking with You, You will go before me to clear my path and be behind me to catch me when I stumble and fall. It is a great privilege to have the assurance of Your constant love. 

Direct me to always look at my problems through the lens of Your power and not with an emphasis on my situation. Verse 3: “But know that the LORD has set apart for Himself who is godly; the LORD will hear when I call to Him.” Thank you for the encouragement in verse 8 that You are the sole source of my comfort and rest. I cannot find peace through any other means but the rest that comes through knowing that You are good and in control of the entire universe. Verse 8: “I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

Show me the difference between real inward joy, which comes from a genuine, trusting relationship with You, and happiness, which comes from outward circumstances that are pleasing. In most situations happiness is temporary, but joy produces permanence. Verse 7a: “You have put gladness in my heart.”   

In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Miniature Specific Scripture Prayers #41

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

Receiving the Crown of Righteousness

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for the promise in 2 Timothy 4:8a. “Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day.

Holy Spirit Power

All powerful Heavenly Father, I ask in Jesus’ Name that You will grant to me what is expressed in Ephesians 3:16. “That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man.

God’s Watchful Care

All knowing Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you that no matter what happens, I have Your promise in Psalm 33:18-19. “Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.

Filled With God’s Knowledge

All wise Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, direct me to experience Ephesians 3:19. “To know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

God’s Hedge of Protection

All powerful Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for the promise of protection for believers in Jesus Christ in Psalm 34:7. “The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them.

Receiving God’s Wisdom

All wise Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, direct me to act on Proverbs 1:23 so I can receive Your wisdom. “Turn at my rebuke; surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.

Prayer for Times When You’re Feeling Down and Discouraged (Based on Psalm 143)

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

Compassionate Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for this prayer example of David during his time of hopelessness and discouragement. Like David, I am saddened by the evil and brokenness in the world.  In my time of need, I ask for what David expressed in verse 7.  “Answer me speedily, O LORD; my spirit fails! Do not hide your face from me, lest I be like those who go down into the pit.

I ask You to teach me to pray like David did in this Psalm during difficult and down times. Show me how to fit my prayers into what I know is consistent with Your attributes and plans. Direct me to recall and think about You and all You have done to take care of me in the past.  Verse 5-6I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works; I muse [meditate] on the work of Your hands. I spread out my hands to You; my soul longs for You like a thirsty land.” 

I know that when I am discouraged, only You can provide the comfort that I seek.  Rescue me from any enemies, for I hide myself in You. Verse 9Deliver me, O LORD, from my enemies; in You I take shelter.” Like David, I need Your guidance and the Holy Spirit to teach me in all truth about how to depend on Your sufficient grace to help me in times of need.  Thank you that if I ask, I can be assured that You will lead me in the path of perfect peace. Verse 10Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the path of uprightness.” Refine my desires through the trials of life, and always redirect me toward Your will.  Even though I may not understand my suffering and distress now, I trust in Your perfect plan, and I submit myself to Your perfect will. 

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.     

Prayer About Overcoming Feelings of Inadequacy (Based on Exodus 4:10-13)

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

Heavenly Father, I come to You in Your Son’s Name to thank You for Your wisdom in including stories in the Bible that deal with human inadequacy and how it makes room for You to display Your glory and strength. The stories of Mary, Gideon, Esther, Moses, and others come to mind. When You called Moses to speak to Pharaoh on behalf of the Israelites, he protested in Exodus 4:10, ‘”O my Lord, I am not eloquent…I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” I confess that this is often my response as well. I feel inadequate to fulfill the purposes You have laid out for me, and I tell You all the reasons I can’t do what You have called me to do instead of trusting You.

It is encouraging that for every story of human inadequacy in Your Word, You follow it up with a reminder of Your own adequacy and care for Your people. After Gideon questions how he can defeat the Midianites with his pitiful strength, You reassure Him in Judges 6:16b, “surely I will be with you…” You said a similar thing to Moses in Exodus 4:12. “Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.

Thank you that You choose to use me in spite of my shortcomings, and for Your promise to be with me in every situation. I do not have to worry about being adequate, because as 2 Corinthians 3:1-6 says, it is “not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God.” Direct me, like the people in the Bible, to trust that You will give me the strength and skillsets necessary to accomplish whatever You call me to do. Remind me that, as Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer About the Importance of Worshiping and Praising God (Based on Psalm 66)

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

Magnificent Heavenly Father, I enter into Your presence with awe and reverence because there is no one like You in the heavens and the earth. Thank you for giving an example in this Psalm of genuine worship and praise. Verses 1 and 2Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth! Sing out the honor of His name; make His praise glorious.” Forgive me for the times my attitude is the opposite of these verses. I ask, You answer, and I receive, but often I don’t even stop to give You praise and thanks. I am quick to move on to my next need.

Direct me to always acknowledge that You are worthy of praise and thankfulness for the mighty works that You have done and are doing. Many times, I can’t even fathom Your activities, like in verses 6a and 7a. “He turned the sea into dry land… He rules by His power forever; His eyes observe the nations.” Direct me, even in my feeble knowledge of this world, to exclaim Your praises, knowing that You are greater than my fears and doubts, greater than the evil around me, and so much stronger than the forces of chaos and destruction that exist. You command the wind and the waves of the ocean. You direct the sun and the stars where to move in the sky. You know every hair on my head. There is not a single part of creation that You are not intimately familiar with and in control of.

At the end of this Psalm, You make a phenomenal point. If we do not confess and repent of our sins so we have a clean relationship with You, all our worship, prayer, and praise is of no value. Verse 18 “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.” What a great privilege it is to worship and praise You, the mighty and perfect God.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer About Staying True and Faithful to God and His Word (Based on the Book of Jude)

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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 Your Word and the infinite value of eternal life. It is a blessing that You trust me and other followers of Jesus Christ with the awesome responsibility and privilege to defend the truth of Your Word and share it around the world. There are many people who are in opposition to You, and to those of us who are Christ followers. However, Your truth always stands strong. 

Thank you for Jude’s warning about false teachers wanting to destroy a Christ centered life, discredit the truth and power of Your Word, and destroy the unity of believers working together. Verse 3:Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” I ask that as a child of Yours, You direct me according to Your will in this battle for Your truth to prevail. 

In Your grace, You reveal Yourself in Your Word and through Jesus Christ. Therefore, show me all that I can know about Your truth, even though there are some things I can’t fully understand with my finite mind. Lead me in practicing Verses 21 and 22. “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

Thank you that in the middle of much false teaching and distraction around me, You give the promise in Verse 24 that You will keep me from falling if I remain faithful to You. “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.”  

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer About How God Loves Us, How We Should Love Him, and How We Should Love Others

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Loving God, I come to You in the Name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, to praise You for the love You give to me and enable me to return to You and extend to others. Remind me that Your love is not meant to stop with me. I am to love You and love others in return. John 13:34A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

Remind me that loving others through action is ultimately an expression of my faith in You. James 2:15-17 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” Direct me to be alert to others’ needs and care for those You have placed around me both in word and deed.

Thank you that You do not expect me to develop the capacity to love like You without assistance. As I take the time to experience Your love for me, Your Holy Spirit will transform me so that I can do the good works of love that You have laid out for me. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.

Thank you, Father, for Your everlasting, perfect love. Direct me to grow in love towards You and others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.