Thanksgiving Prayer 2018

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

I come to You today, Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, to give You thanks for this coming national day of thanksgiving. Show me how to have this day be more than just a day of holiday cheer and festivities. Direct me to have this day serve as a reminder of Your faithfulness and just how much I should be thankful to You. Lamentations 3:22-23 “Through the LORD’S mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”

No matter what place I find myself in today, encourage me to give thanks to ​You. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “In everything, give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” This year, teach me to give thanks not only for the things You have given, but also for the things You have withheld. Blessings can come not only from abundance, but also from the lack of it. Your plan is always perfect even if I don’t think so sometimes. Jeremiah 29:11 “‘For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future'” (NIV).

Most of all, I want to thank You for the precious, amazing gift of salvation through the birth, death, and resurrection of Your Son. I can never thank You enough for the gift of life found in You through Jesus. I ask that You show me how to extend this season of thankfulness far beyond just the holiday, but into all of life, as is expressed in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing.”

Thank You that I can bring these thoughts in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Miniature Prayers #13

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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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Worshiping With Fellow Believers

Lord, I ask in Jesus’ Name that You guide me to see the value of having Psalm 122:1 be a high priority for me. “I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the LORD.”‘

Prayer for God’s Chosen People

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to ask You to remind me often to do Psalms 122:6. “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; may they prosper who love you.

Permanence Of God’s Love

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank you for the promise in Romans 8:39 that nothing “…shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

In Time Of Trouble

Lord, I come to you in Jesus’ Name to show gratitude for what You express in Psalms 124:8 about difficult times. “Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.”

God’s Desire For Man

Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to thank You for the desire You show in 2 Peter 3:9b. You are “longsuffering [toward us], not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (KJV).

Resting in the Lord

Comforting Heavenly Father, I thank You in Jesus’ Name that I can claim Psalm 4:8. “I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

 

Prayer for 2018 Election

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All-powerful and wise Heavenly Father, we come in Jesus’ Name as we approach the upcoming election, being reminded of 2 Chronicles 7:14. “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” I realize that this verse in the Old Testament was referring to Israel, but many of the truths in it are applicable to America today.

As Your children, remind us daily that it is our responsibility to cry out to You and seek Your face, both individually and as a nation. We need to constantly seek forgiveness from our wicked ways. This could be the most important election in the history of our country in order for us to keep the freedoms we enjoy. You tell us in 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.”

In light of this verse, we ask that You will give us an understanding in this coming election that there is no perfect candidate running and that there never has been and never will be. The only perfect ​ruler is Jesus and He is in Heaven. Direct us to look at the positions of each candidate and make wise decisions as we vote. Show us how to base our decisions not on the superficial, but on the biblical principles you lay out in your Word.

Thank you for allowing us to have a free nation so that we can have a part in selecting our leaders and approving some of the laws of our land. We ask that You pour out Your mercy and grace on our country so that we can continue to be blessed as “America the Beautiful.” No matter what the result ends up being, remind us that You are still on the throne. Let us not forget the truth found in Psalm 34:7 “The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them” (NIV).​ We bring this request in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer for Unbelieving Loved Ones and Friends

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

We have reposted this prayer because of the critical urgency of this topic.

Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to bring to You the following people who are lost and need to invite Jesus Christ into their life for salvation: ________, _________, and ________. Make clear to them the meaning of John 14:6. Jesus said, “‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

In the Name of Jesus, I ask for the people on this list for You to tear down all the works of Satan such as false doctrine, unbelief, atheistic teaching, hatred, apathy, the love of the world, lust of the flesh etc. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.2 Corinthians 10:4-5

I desire that for each person, You would bring their thoughts into captivity to the obedience of Jesus and that the Holy Spirit would work in their lives about their need of salvation. I ask that You send a messenger to them who is a good witness for Jesus Christ. A person who can help them in understanding the process of salvation and how to become a child of God.

I bring these requests to You based on the promise in Mark 10:27. Jesus said,  “‘… with men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.‘” Jesus, thank you for giving Your life on the cross for all mankind and for providing the joy of the Lord to all who believe in Jesus Christ as Savior.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Knowing God’s Way to Obtaining Spiritual Discernment

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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 that as a believer in Jesus Christ, I can receive the gift of spiritual discernment from You. Your Word gives me the spiritual capacity to see and understand what is right and what is wrong. Isaiah 30:21 Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.” 

Your many attributes give me confidence that whatever happens in any situation, You are in control. You will direct to bring things to the right conclusion. 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.” My request is for You to let me hear Your voice of correction and be able to follow it. I want to know Your will for my life because it gives me a place to find safety and comfort. I do not want to be without Your protection.

Show me Your way, that  I may know that I am heading in the right direction. Direct me to experience the truth of Romans 8:6. “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Thank you, Lord, for Your promise in Psalm 32:8. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.

Thank you for allowing me to bring this request in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Morning Prayer of Peace and Comfort

 

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

This is a morning prayer exercise designed to help you put to rest any anxiety or concerns for the day ahead. It will help you to get your mind off of your problems and onto God. The first few minutes of the day are very important, and there is no better way to start the day than in praise to the Lord. We pray that this method will help you set the foundation of drawing close to God at the beginning of each day and throughout the day as well. You can print this page for easy reference.

All you have to do is set your alarm 15 minutes earlier and use the extra time to meditate on Scripture verses and songs before you even get out of bed. You could also do this prayer exercise at night before you go to sleep, or if you wake up during the night.

Psalm 5:3My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up.”

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Here are some examples of how you could use this method in your daily life:

The songs printed below are all public domain. 

Time of Thankfulness

Verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:16Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Song:

  • Count Your Blessings- “When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed, when you are discouraged, thinking all is lost, count your many blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done. Count your blessings, name them one by one; count your blessings, see what God hath done. Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.”
  • You could also reference the song Thank You Lord

Prayer:

  • Thank the Lord for the things you are thankful for, such as eternal life, peace, joy health, food, loved ones, your job, etc.

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Time of Praise

Verse: Psalm 145:3Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable.

Song:

  • Doxology- “Praise God from whom all blessings flow praise Him above all creatures here below, praise Him above all heavenly hosts, Praise Father Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.”
  • You could also reference the song Father I Adore You

Prayer:

  • Take time to praise the Lord for His goodness, patience, love, power, wisdom, mercy, and grace.

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Time of Submission to God

Verse: Galatians 5:25If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”

Song:

  • I Surrender All– “All to Jesus I surrender, all to Him I freely give. I will ever love and trust Him, in His presence daily live. I surrender all, I surrender all; all to Thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all.”
  • You could also reference the song Spirit of the Living God

Prayer:

  • “Lord, I give myself to You and ask You to fill and control me with your Holy Spirit.” Ephesians 5:18b Be filled with the Spirit.

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Time of Petition

Verse: Thank you for telling me in 2 Corinthians 12:9 that “My grace is sufficient for you…“‘

Song:

  • Grace Greater Than Our Sin “Marvelous grace of our loving Lord, grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt! Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured, there where the blood of the Lamb was spilt. Grace, grace, God’s Grace, grace that will pardon and cleanse within. Grace, grace, God’s grace, grace that is greater than all our sins.”
  • You could also reference the song A Shield About Me

Prayer:

  • “Father, through Jesus, I “come boldly to the throne of grace, that [I] may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.“‘ Hebrews 4:16.

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Time of Intercession

Verse: Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30,”Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

Song:

  • What a Friend We Have in Jesus- “What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear. What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer. Oh, what peace we often forfeit. Oh, what needless pain we bear. All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.”
  • You could also reference the song Thy Word is a Lamp Unto My Feet

Prayer:

  • “Lord, I am going to do what you tell me to do in 1 Peter 5:7. “[Cast] all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” These are my burdens and concerns about myself and others today that I am giving You: _________.”

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We encourage you to​ use some of your own favorite verses and songs as a way to connect with God through prayer. If you aren’t sure about what verses to use next, check our tab labeled “Memorizing Scripture” for a list of great verses.

Overcoming the Feeling of Revenge When Hurt or Offended

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

Just Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to thank You for Your unlimited ability and willingness to guide me to overcome the pain from hurt and offenses. In Your Word, You tell me to give these feelings to You. Psalm 55:22 says “cast your burden on the LORD, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

I can rest assured that no evil or damaging act against me will ever go unnoticed or unpunished. Your wisdom and justice are far more effective than anything I can do. In fact, I ask that You direct me to accept that personal revenge is foolish when viewed in light of Your wisdom and awesome power. Thank you for the peace I can have by doing what You suggest in Romans 12:19. “Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.“‘

In the meantime, since You have said that You will provide justice for all that are opposed to me, teach me to love my enemies and not wish any harm upon them. Show me how to love as You love, leaving revenge and retribution to You. As hard as it may be, will You direct me to have Luke 6:27-28 be a reality in my life. Jesus said, “but I say to you who hear: love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.

Thank you that I can bring these concerns to You in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Giving All Our Burdens to the Lord

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

Heavenly Father, I come in Your Son’s Name to thank You for being all-powerful, all-knowing, everywhere present, unchanging, and merciful. I am humbled that I can bring all my anxieties and burdens to you to be resolved. “Cast your burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain you; He shall never allow the righteous to be moved” Psalm 55:22. 

Direct me to understand and live the instructions that You have put in the Bible as to how to deal with the problems and difficulties of life. Your Word declares in 1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” If I am carrying any burdens from the past which I can do nothing about, or worrying about ones that may arise in the future, show them to me and direct me to do what these verses tell me to do: give them all to Jesus.

Pause for a few moments and ask the Lord to show you anything that is taking away your peace and joy and pray something like this:

Father, I now give to You this list of internal and external concerns that I am carrying today… Thank you for the promises and encouragement in the following song:

All Your Anxiety by Lieut. Col. E.H. Joy

Is there a heart bound by sorrow? 

Is there a life weighted down by care?

Come to the Cross each burden bearing, all your anxiety, leave it there.

All your anxiety all your care, bring to the Mercy Seat, leave it there.

Never a burden He cannot bear, never a friend like Jesus.

I bring this prayer in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Using the Armor of God in the Battle Against the Schemes of the Enemy

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

All Powerful Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to ask You to direct me to comprehend that human strength is totally inadequate to resist Satan’s attacks. Your power is all I need for complete protection. Show me if there are any weaknesses in my armor where the enemy can get through. Give me wisdom and power to respond effectively to the enemy when I am tempted by His wicked ways. “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devilEphesians 6: 10-11. Thank you for giving me, as a believer in Jesus Christ, the following armor:

The Helmet of Salvation, which protects my mind from doubting and gives assurance of God’s saving work. “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.

The Breastplate of Righteousness, which is the protection of my inner being of self-worth, emotions and mental make up. “My times are in Your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies, and those who persecute me, make Your face shine upon Your servant Psalm 31:15-16a.

The Belt of Truth, which allows me to discern the truth from the lies of Satan. “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free‘” John 8:31-32.

The Shield of Faith, which gives me the perspective to see beyond circumstances and know that ultimate victory will come. “Call to me, and I will answer you , and show you great and mighty things which you do not knowJeremiah 33:3.

The Sword of the Spirit (the Word of God), which I can use when I need to take ​up the offense against the temptations Satan lays before me. “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heartHebrews 4:12.

The Feet of the Gospel, which gives me readiness to help spread the good news of the Gospel around the world. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded youMatthew 28:19-20a.

Thank you for all of this armor and the promise in Isaiah 41:10. “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

Thank you for the privilege of communicating with You.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Miniature Prayers #12

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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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The Lord’s Abounding Mercy

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for Your wonderful mercy shared in Psalms 103:10. “He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities.”

God’s Caution

Lord, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to thank you for the warning in 1 Peter 5:8. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

Transferring Cares to God

Heavenly Father, I thank you in Jesus’ Name for the peace and joy I can experience after doing 1 Peter 5:7. “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Developing Spiritually

Lord, I ask You in Jesus’ Name to develop in me Proverbs 1:5.”A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel.”

Choosing to Serve the Lord

Heavenly Father, I ask You in Jesus’ Name to guide my family and me to do what is said in Joshua 24:15b. “But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

Difficulty Sleeping

Comforting Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to ask You to remind me to do what David did when I can’t sleep. “I cried to the LORD with my voice, and He heard me from His holy hill. I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the LORD sustained me.” Psalm 3:4-5