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

IMG_7587Loving 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 5:8But 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.

Prayer by Using the Sword of the Spirit

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All wise and powerful Heavenly Father, I come in the Name of Jesus to thank You for the blessing of the Sword of the Spirt (Your Word, the Bible). Ephesians 6:17 “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

What an incredible, powerful gift You have given me to defend myself from the attacks of the evil one. Just like Jesus used the Scriptures to refute the devil’s lies and twisted truth in the wilderness, teach me to quote and obey Bible verses as an important tool in resisting his attacks. Jesus said in Mathew 4:4, “it is written, ‘man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'”

It is a wonderful blessing, and I praise You for it, that Your Word brings truth into my life. That I can trust it as a firm foundation on which to build my life. Every word in the Bible is inspired by You, and is trustworthy and profitable for instruction in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”

Thank you for all that You have shared about how Your Word is a protection against false teaching and a guide to how I should live. In light of all Your advice, direct me to store up Your Word in my mind and heart and hide Your truth in the depths of my soul. I come with a grateful heart for the wisdom in Your Scriptures. Amen.

Prayer for Strengthening a Believer’s Faith in Christ by Looking at God’s Historical Evidence in the Bible

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

All powerful and wise Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name thankful for and remembering the extraordinary events recorded in Your Word (the Bible). Romans 15:4For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” It is a great blessing to know that I can read Your Book (the Bible) and know that the God who created the whole world and everything in it, including me, is still the same God. Hebrews 13:8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Thank you for the following examples:
1. In times when I need faith like Noah did building the Ark, direct me to read Genesis 6.

2. In the times when I need deliverance like Daniel did in the lions’ den, to read Daniel 6.

3. When I need encouragement to overcome difficult situations like Moses crossing the Red Sea, to read Exodus 14.

4. If I am having a problem with sin like David did with Bathsheba, to read Psalm 51.

As I read these stories and many others in the Bible, I thank You for Your consistent nature of love, goodness, patience, power, wisdom, mercy and grace. Psalm 145:3Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable.” It is awesome that You, the God who is involved in all these stories, is the same God who is living within me through the Holy Spirit simply because of my accepting the free gift of Your Son Jesus Christ as my Savior. Reading about all of Your past actions encourages me to live life now, and in the future, with confidence ​instead of fear.

Thank you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Instructive Prayer Quotes #16

Quotes selected by: Elton Streyle

“Prayer is the hand of faith that translates God’s promises into performance.” ~Dr. Howard Hendricks

“Why pray? 1. Develops our intimacy with God, 2. Prayer unleashes the power of God, 3. Protects with the peace of God.” ~Dr. Robert Jeffress

“God promises to hear my prayers, but never my orders.” ~Anonymous

“Looking Through the Windshield vs. the Rearview Mirror: Spend only enough time in prayer looking back to be forgiven of sins. Satan wants us to dwell on past mistakes. Jesus wants us to be looking forward to all that He has in store for our future.” ~Elton Streyle

For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers;
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” 1 Peter 3:12

“To really give prayer its power, I must take God’s thoughts from His Word and present them before Him. Then I am enabled to pray according to God’s Word. How indispensable God’s Word is for all true prayer.” ~Andrew Murray

 

 

Prayer About the Work of the Indwelling Holy Spirit

 

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

Heavenly Father, I come to You through the Name of my Savior Jesus Christ with a thankful heart for You having the Holy Spirt of God dwell within me. This blessing happened at the time I put my faith in Jesus as my Savior. 1 Corinthians 6:19Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?

I acknowledge my dependence on You and that apart from You, there is nothing good. You are the source of all righteousness. 2 Corinthians 3:5Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God.” Teach me to let go of my own strength and to recognize that You want to be my comforter and guide me into all truth through the Holy Spirit. By obeying You and Your guidance, I can thwart the constant negative power of the flesh ​that is still living within me.

It is a beautiful privilege to have Your Holy Spirit lift me up in my times of weakness and distress. In those times when I can’t find the right words to say, I can share my heart with You and You will intercede and straighten out my prayer. Romans 8:26Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

In Jesus’ Name, I ask You to daily direct me to yield myself to the Holy Spirit for full control over all parts of my life. Ephesians 5:18bBe filled with the Spirit.” Amen.

Prayer for Wise, Godly Learning Versus Foolish Failure

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

All wise Heavenly Father, I humbly come to You through the Name of Jesus, acknowledging that it is only through You that I can obtain true wisdom. You are the source of all knowledge, and apart from You there is no truth. Thank you that I can gain wisdom by studying and trusting Your Word (the Bible) to reveal it to me. Proverbs 2:6-8For 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; He guards the paths of justice, and preserves the way of His saints.

I know when I try to do things in my own strength, it can only lead to disappointment and failure. Forgive me that sometimes, in foolishness, I still try to do things my own way. Direct me to have complete dependence on You each day for Your wisdom and direction. Isaiah 41:13For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘fear not, I will help you.’

Teach me to love Your righteous instruction even through times of discipline. Allow me not to see it as a hinderance, but rather as an opportunity to learn and grow in my faith. Proverbs 12:1Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.

As I read Your Word (the Bible), it is apparent that real success and being able to avoid foolishness come only from reading and acting on the instructions that You (God) lay out. Therefore, I ask You to direct me to be nourished daily from Your Word ​so that You can bring the greatest sense of order in my life.

Thank you. In the Name of my precious Savior, Amen.

Prayer for New Year’s 2020

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

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for the many spiritual and physical blessings You provided last year. Psalm 84:11For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.

Some events ​of the past year have been very difficult and hard for me to understand. However, I ask You to direct me to comprehend and accept what You tell me in 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.

It is a great blessing that You have given Your powerful Word to me in the Bible. In fact, there are no writings that compare. When we as believers are attacked by Satan, it is quoting Your Word that defeats him. We can try quoting philosophers or other authors, but to no avail.

As I begin this new year, bless me with Psalm 119:18. “Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law.” When I come to the end of this coming year, may I be able to look back and see that in all instances this verse has been a reality for me.

As I watch the news and see chaos, hatred, bitterness, and evil around the world, encourage me to continually keep my eyes focused on You through worship and praise. Thank you that when all is said and done I can rest in Your promise in Romans 8:38-39. “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

In Jesus’ Name, “praise God from whom all blessings flow.”

Miniature Scripture Prayers #22

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

Invitation from Jesus

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for the invitation expressed in John 6:35. “And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.'”

Inquiring of the Lord

All wise Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to ask You to direct me to always do what You told Israel to do in Amos 5:4. “For thus says the LORD to the house of Israel: “seek Me and live.”

God as Our Shepherd

Lord, I come to You in Your Son’s Name to thank You for the promise in Psalm 23:1 that as a shepherd cares for his sheep You care for me. “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

Momentary Discomfort Before Joy

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for Your promise of joy after momentary discomfort. Psalm 30:5b “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”

Filling the Mind With Truth

Lord, in Jesus’ Name, I ask You to direct me to practice Philippians 4:8. “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things.”

God Hears from Everywhere

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for not having any restrictions from where You will hear my prayers. Jonah 2:1 “Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the fish’s belly.”

God’s Renewed Mercies in Chaotic Times

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank You for Your encouragement in 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.”

Prayer for Christmas 2019

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

Giving Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ wonderful Name to thank You for giving us Your Son. It is a great blessing that not only was He born, but that He died on the cruel cross for our sin and was raised from death. By accepting Him, He gives us an eternal home in Heaven. Luke 2:11For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

It is an encouragement that Jesus’ birthplace, a manger, is a reminder that even when we are doing God’s will, we are not guaranteed a comfortable life. However, as in Mary’s discomfort of having a baby in a stable, every discomfort in Your plan for us has significance. Luke 2:7And 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.

I ask that this Christmas season You direct me to meditate more on the meaning of Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection than on all the ways society wants me to think about Christmas. I appreciate the many beautiful songs about the Christmas story that You have directed people to compose throughout the years. Many of these songs are still sung today around the world. Try the following prayer exercise using the most popular Christmas carol, Silent Night. Visualize the Christmas story by slowly meditating on the words by reading or singing.

Silent Night
Silent night, holy night, all is calm,
all is bright. Round yon virgin,
Mother and Child, holy infant so tender and mild,
sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace.
Silent night, holy night.
Darkness flies, all is light.
Shepherds hear the angels sing,
“alleluia hail the King! Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born.”
Silent night, holy night, guiding star, lend thy light.
See the eastern wise men bring gifts and homage to our King!
Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born.

Thank You too for the non-spiritual activities we enjoy such as beautiful decorations, family, friends, and gifts. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer for Taking Control of Worry

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

All knowing and powerful Heavenly Father, thank you for promising to take all my burdens and cares upon Yourself. You are the one who created me, so ​I know I can trust You with the details of my life. Mathew 6:25Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

Forgive me for the times when I get in the mindset that if I don’t worry about something, You might think that I don’t care ​about it. Remind me often that this is not the case at all; what You want me to do is loosen my grip on the unknown and learn to hold fast to you. Mathew 6:27Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” Show me with Your wisdom and strength how to take each day as it comes, putting my focus on Your plans for me rather than on my own ​plans.

Thank you for Your promise to sustain me day by day. I know that Your plan for me is good, and I look forward to the things You have planned for me. Direct me to rest in Your instruction in Mathew 6:34. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

In Jesus’ Name, I thank You for these instructions from Your Word, Amen.