Memorial Day Appreciation Prayer 2020

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

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for putting it on the hearts and minds of some freed slaves many years ago to start the tradition of Memorial Day. This holiday is set aside for me to pause and honor those in the military who gave their lives for the freedoms I enjoy.

Thank you for the thousands of military men and women who over the years have sacrificed their lives for others, just like Jesus did for everyone. John 15:13Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

This Memorial Day, direct me to think about and remember that many of the blessings I have and enjoy come at a high cost of life to others, and that freedom is not free. Encourage me to appreciate their sacrifices with gratitude. Thank you for the men and women who are now serving our country in the military by defending our freedom.

I ask that You give healing and comfort to those who are living with the devastation of war and terror. As hard as it is, encourage the families of these war heroes to think more of the honor of their loved one’s service than their sacrifice. Bless them with the help they need, whether it be physical, mental, or spiritual.

Give all of these people the understanding that You sent Your Son to die so that all who choose a relationship with You by accepting Jesus as Savior can ultimately reside in Heaven. In the meantime, remind them that they can experience John 14:27 if they have a relationship with You. “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not Your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

In Jesus’ Name, thank you for the benefits of the sacrifice of Jesus and many in the military. Amen.

Prayer About 4 of God’s Overflowing Kindnesses

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Heavenly Father, I come before You through the saving Name of Your Son Jesus to bring You thanks, praise, and reverence for Your overflowing kindness to me. Psalm 100:4aEnter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” What an amazing truth that in myself I am nothing, but in You I can find purpose in life.

Long before the world was even made, You chose me to be holy in Your eyes. 1 Peter 1:16Because it is written, “be holy, for I am holy.‘” In spite of my sin, shame, and hard heart, You have given me a way to be reconciled to You and to be part of Your family as a son or daughter of the King through Jesus’ saving work on the cross. Your kindness to me is far deeper and stronger than I could ever fathom.

It is an awesome blessing that because I have an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, I can enjoy the benefits of salvation, the gifts of the Spirit, the power to do God’s will, and the assurance of living forever in heaven with Christ. Ephesians 1:3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.

Father, I am forever grateful and indebted to You for giving me, through Your kindness, a Kingly inheritance, eternal bliss, and a blessed life with You. I ask that You direct my response to Your kindness to be nothing short of complete devotion and sacrifice to You and Your will now and forever. You deserve nothing less than everything I have.

In Jesus’ precious Name, Amen.

Mother’s Day 2020

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

Heavenly Father, I come before You today to thank You for the love and selfless compassion that my mother has given to me. Thank you for the embodiment of love that she has been in my life. Direct me to honor my mother on this special day and let her know how much she has meant to me. If she has passed on, I give You thanks and praise for the pleasant memories of her.

Thank you for the many mothers who exemplify 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 as a beautiful descriptor of a mother’s love. “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

I pray for and ask You to remind all mothers-to-be, especially those that are considering abortion, to understand that the child within them is known and created by You, and You have a plan for their child’s life. This is expressed in Jeremiah 1:5. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.

There is no greater blessing and honor for a mother than to raise up a child in the way of the Lord and to teach them to serve and honor You. Thank you for the critical role a mother plays in this process.

Teach me to encourage and help mothers wherever possible. Direct ​me to serve mothers and help with their often overwhelming task of raising up God-fearing children. Thank you for the blessings of a mother’s love, but even more for Your love, which is far greater and has provided me with salvation.

Even if my mother was not a positive influence in my life, I am thankful that the true source of love and acceptance comes from You, not from this world. Romans 5:8But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

In Jesus’ Name, thank you for the blessing of my mother. Amen.

Coronavirus Prayer of Comfort

 

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

Comforting Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you that as a believer in Jesus Christ I can rest in the same promise that You made to Israel 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.

In this time of unprecedented chaos and uncertainty in our nation and world, I ask You to lead me in the paths of righteousness. Teach me how to draw comfort from You on a daily basis. Direct me to Scriptures, music, and fellowship opportunities that exalt Your Name and encourage me.

If I get anxious or overburdened with all that is happening, remind me to practice what is written in the old hymn, All Your Anxiety:

“Is there a heart over bound by sorrow? Is there a life weighed down by care? Come to the cross, each burden bearing. All your anxiety leave it there. All your anxiety, all your care, bring it to the mercy seat, leave it there; never a burden He can’t bear, never a friend like Jesus.”

Enable me to share the same comfort You are giving me with those You have put in my realm of influence, such as my friends, relatives, children, and grandchildren. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

In Jesus’ precious Name, thank you for the comfort of Your Word, the Bible. Amen.

P.S. If you cannot say “the Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” like David did in Psalm 27:1, we encourage you to look at the salvation tab.

Prayer Variation About Stopping Negative and Evil Actions at the Thought Stage

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

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for Your willingness to forgive my sin and for directing the act of repentance. It is a great blessing that You are always ready to forgive me. 1 John 1:9If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

It is important for believers in Jesus Christ ​who receive God’s forgiveness to repent (change). One way to do this is to ask the Holy Spirit to make a mental picture of a screen to be put in the front of the mind, where all negative or evil thoughts about possible sin will be stopped from going any further. 2 Corinthians 10:5Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

Any thoughts of this kind can immediately be filtered out by the screen. The screen is made up of the power of the Word of God, the cross, and the blood and light of Christ.

God’s Word: Hebrews 4:12For 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 heart.

Cross: Galatians 2:20aI have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.

Christ’s Blood: Ephesians 1:7In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.

Christ’s Light: John 8:12 Jesus said, ‘”I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.

When the thought or temptation is stopped, give thanks and sing a song of praise, such as Father I Adore You, the Doxology, etc. Proverbs 23:7a For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.

In Jesus Name, thank you for making available these powerful tools to stop the destructiveness of the enemy. Amen.

Prayer from Psalm 34 on Crying Out to the Lord During Trouble

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

Gracious Heavenly Father, I come to You in in the Name of Jesus, humbled and honored to be in Your presence. I want to have praise always on my lips for You, but it can be difficult sometimes in these troubling times. Verse 1: “I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Thank you for the encouragement and example in this psalm of what David did in his times of trouble. Verse 6: “This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all of his troubles.

The path You have for me can sometimes be hard to see and Your perfect plan can be difficult to decipher. However, I choose to put my trust in You nonetheless, knowing that You have all good attributes and that You are sovereign and reign over everything.

You promise great blessings to me as Your child but You also require obedient participation in how I live. Direct me, in addition to crying out to You, to genuinely trust You. Verse 8: “Oh taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!

Will You also continue to develop in me the character traits expressed in verses 13 and 14. “Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”

I know that in life brokenness and afflictions will come, but You are mighty to save and will deliver me from the fire. In Jesus’ Name, when all is said and done, thank you for the promise in verse 19: “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.” Amen.

2020 Easter Prayer on Accepting the Events Around Easter for New Life in Christ

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

Compassionate Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name this Easter season to thank You for allowing Your Son to die on the cruel cross so that I, a hopeless sinner, can have a completely new life and ultimately a home in Heaven by accepting Your offer of salvation. You express in Your Word, the Bible, that the joy of Heaven is for real, and the suffering in Hell is not anything to joke about.

How comforting it is that I can kneel at the cross and worship You for taking care of all of my sins of the past, present, and future. You have the power to lead me to any kind of help that I need. In Isaiah 53:5, Isaiah looked ahead to the future suffering of the Messiah. “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.

Jesus, it is such a blessing to know that as I live this life here on earth, You are the light of the world. Just as God led the people of Israel through the wilderness with the light from the pillar of fire, You are now the light of the world for me as a believer in You. You bring God’s presence, protection, and guidance into every situation.

Just like a flashlight when going down a dark road, You give enough light for every step I am on. Direct me to be willing to allow You to shine in and through me so that I will not stumble in darkness.

We ask that you will lead all of our government leaders and medical scientists to walk in Your light as they work on solving the medical crisis we are in. Provide protection and comfort for all those, and their families, who are working tirelessly on the front lines to help as many people as possible.

In John 8:12b Jesus said: “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” You are worthy Lord. Worthy to be thanked, praised, worshiped, and adored. Amen.

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Prayer Using Philippians 4:4-9 for Experiencing the Joy of the Lord Versus Temporary Happiness

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

Heavenly Father, I come to You through the redeeming work of Jesus Christ. I give You praise and thanks for the joy that my personal relationship with You has given and is giving. Your nearness gives me more peace and joy than anything in this world ever could. Philippians 4:5Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

Guard me from the common and dangerous perception that the temporary happiness in this life is all that there is. Your Word in the Bible makes it clear that there is no comparison to the joy that can be found in a good relationship with You. Show me how the happiness of this world is fleeting, never quite satisfying enough, and forces a person to, in frustration, continually search for more and more. As Solomon so aptly put in Ecclesiastes 5:10, “he who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; nor he who loves abundance, with increase. This also is vanity.

Direct me to clearly understand when I am searching for peace and contentment that I can only find it from my relationship with You. John 14:27aPeace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.

You point out in Philippians 4:8 many of the characteristics that will help develop in me the joy of the Lord. I ask for further maturity in all of them. “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy- meditate on these things.

In Jesus Name, thank you that the joy of the Lord comes from You and not my self effort. Amen.

Miniature Scripture Prayers #24

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

Thought Life Controlled by God

All-knowing Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name I ask You to guide and control my thought life. 2 Corinthians 10:5Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

Confidence in God’s Sovereignty

Sovereign Lord, I ask in Jesus’ Name that You direct me to have the same confidence in Your sovereignty as Job did in Job 42:1-2. “Then Job answered the LORD and said: “I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.‘”

Reconciliation Through Jesus

Loving Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for Jesus’ reconciliation for me. 2 Corinthians 5:21For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Power of God’s Holy Spirit

All-powerful Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, direct me to fully understand where strength comes from as expressed in Zechariah 4:6b. ‘”Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.“‘

God Upholds the Believer

Sustaining Lord, I come to You in the Name of Jesus to thank You for the invite and promise in Psalm 55:22. “Cast your burden on the LORD, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

Secure in the Lord

All-powerful Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name I praise and thank You for the peace, joy and comfort of Your promise in Hebrews 13:5b. ‘”I will never leave you nor forsake you.‘”

God, the Ultimate Protector

Protecting Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for providing the perfect protection. Psalm 18:30As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

Prayer About Trusting in God as My Fortress and Refuge During the Coronavirus Crisis

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

Protecting Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for the image Psalm 59:16 portrays of You being all around me. I praise You for being my strong anchor against all foes. But I will sing of Your power; yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; for You have been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble.

Thank you for the promise of power in Your Word. “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.1 John 4:4

What a wonderful comfort it is to know that as your child, I can always find refuge in You, my fortress. Teach me how to better grasp the concept of Your faithfulness and to experience it through Your Word.

You have told me many times in Scripture that You want to be my first line of defense. Therefore, I bring You the following concerns about the Coronavirus: ___________________.

I ask that you will direct all of my family with the wisdom of where to go and not to go. Encourage each of them to rely on their Godly training in all situations. Provide protection and comfort to them in this difficult time.

I release these concerns to You so that I, by faith, may receive Your mercy, grace, and help in my times of need. “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

I ask that unbelievers and believers in many parts of the world who are suffering from this crisis would turn to You as their Savior or as their shelter and refuge.

Thank you that I can rest in Your powerful might, which is stronger than any method of self-defense I could ever devise.

I ask and pray these things to You in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

P.S. The promises in these verses will only work for you if you are a born again believer in Jesus Christ. If you need guidance in making this decision, see the Salvation tab on our blog. There is no more critical time to make this decision than now.