Utilizing the Power of Scripture

 

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

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 “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.”

If you ever have negative and destructive thoughts come into your mind when you are trying to pray, or at any other time, try this:

Read or quote Galatians 2:20 until the thought disappears. “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

Meditating on this verse or other verses will help you to refocus on God instead of your negative thoughts. Committing Scriptures to memory will also be useful as you do this.

Here are some other verses you could use:

Romans 12:2 “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

1 John 4:4 “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.”

Romans 12:19 “…”Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.”

“One way to recollect the mind easily in the time of prayer, and preserve it more in tranquility, is not to let it wander too far at other times.” ~From the book The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

Giving Praise and Thanks to God for Scripture Promises

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*** After each verse, think about the main point made and then give thanks to God ***

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for the many Scripture promises in Your Bible.

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.

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

Psalm 103:8-10 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities.

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.

Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

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.

Lord, I appreciate these promises in Your Word, just a few among many. Every promise in the book is mine. Therefore, I bring my praise to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Miniature Prayers #16

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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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Defending the Faith

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name, asking You to guide and use me in obedience to Jude 1:3. “…exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.”

The Change ​That Comes From Being a Christian

Lord, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to thank You for the change You brought about in my life at salvation. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” 2 Corinthians 5:17.

Liberty in the Spirit

Heavenly Father I come in Jesus’ name to thank You for the promise in 2 Corinthians 3:17. “Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

The Lord’s Mercy

Lord, I come in Jesus’ Name to praise You for being merciful. “The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercyPsalm103:8.

The Awesomeness of the Human Body

Heavenly Father, I come in Your Son’s Name to thank You for the magnificence ​of what is expressed in Psalm 139:14. “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…

Holy Spirit as Teacher

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for sending the Holy Spirit as my teacher.  Jesus said, “but the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” John 14:26.

Guarding the Words of My Mouth

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Lord, I come to You through the Name of Jesus to thank You for all the instruction You give in the Bible about the words that I use to communicate. I know the words that I speak can have a tremendous negative or positive effect on those around me. In light of what Proverbs 18:21 says, “death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit,” I ask You to forgive me of the sin that at times comes from my lips. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” 1 John 1:9.

Give me the wisdom and strength to be more careful with the words that I use to express myself. Teach me to use the power of words wisely to better reflect You to the world. Show me how to “walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you should answer each one” Colossians 4:5-6. Direct me to allow Psalm 19:14a to be true in my life. “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight.”

In light of the great power and impact my words may have on someone, I ask just like David did that You would “set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lipsPsalm 141:3. 

Thank you that I can bring this prayer in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

The Blessings of Forgiveness and Cleansing

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Forgiving Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for providing a way for me to have my conscience and heart purified. Your Word tells me that there is no deed or thought that is so evil that it cannot be washed by the blood of the Lamb and be removed from my mind and life. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Your Scriptures have much to say about the destruction and hurtfulness of sin. Therefore, I pause for a little while and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to me any sin in my life. Direct me to confess it to Jesus and have it removed. Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” 

Show me how to live out Psalm 119:36-37 to keep me from all that takes me away from You. “Incline my heart to Your testimonies, and not to covetousness. Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way.”

Lastly, Father, there is another part of the process of forgiveness and cleansing for which I need Your direction: give me the grace to forgive others the way You have forgiven me. Ephesians 4:32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

In Jesus’ Name, thank you for Your mercy and grace. Amen.

Scriptures to Pray for Children, Grandchildren, and Children of Loved Ones and Friends

 

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**For full context you may want to read the verses before and after the verses included in this prayer.**

Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to ask You to lead as I pray these Scriptures for my loved ones. I ask You to give them spiritual knowledge, wisdom, discernment, and revelation as found in Ephesians 1:17-18. “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to [name of child] the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.”
Lead my loved ones to act on Ephesians 4:22-24. “That you put off, concerning  your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
Encourage each one to allow the Holy Spirit to fill and guide them to do away with instinctive actions. Romans 8:14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
For any that are in a marriage relationship, show them how to live according to Ephesians 5:21. “Submitting to one another in the fear of God.”
Thank you for allowing me to pray these Scriptures back to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Instructive Prayer Quotes #14

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“Prayer is not the last resort. It is the first and most effective line of attack.” ~Sheila Walsh

“When we work, we work, but when we pray, God works.” ~Max Lucado

“We look upon prayer as getting things for ourselves but the Bible’s idea of prayer is that we may know God.” ~Oswald Chambers

“True prayer is neither a mere mental exercise nor vocal performance. It is far deeper than that. It is a spiritual exercise with the Creator of heaven and earth.” ~Charles Spurgeon

“We must be alert in prayer. This means we must be aware as we pray. What should we be aware of? The schemes of Satan. The enemy want to distract you from prayer. He wants your mind to drift and your heart to be troubled. If we expect these things, we can counteract them by focusing more intently on the task before us- communicating with God.” ~Charles Stanley

“Maintaining a strong prayer life is easier than having to regain it.” ~Elton Streyle

“Prayer is the mechanism that brings down the power of heaven into your experience. It is the divinely authorized method that activates your spiritual armor and makes it effective. Prayer alerts the enemy to your awareness of his intentions while safeguarding you from his attacks.” ~Priscilla Shirer

Comfort, Blessing and Peace of Mind

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

Heavenly Father,  in Jesus’ Name, thank you for the many promises in Your Word about one of man’s greatest needs and desires, peace of mind.  Since I can never totally avoid the conflict and strife in the world around me, many times I get caught up in the day to day stress, grief and sorrows ​of this life.

Show me how to rest in the marvelous gift of peace You have given to those who believe in Jesus. “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the worldJohn 16:33.

What an amazing statement of power and peace. It is such a blessing to have You make it clear in Your Word that after accepting Jesus as my Savior my peace with God is secure forever. It is only the peace of God that I have to pursue for the rest of my life. “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus ChristRomans 5:1.

Keep me from fixating on the illusions of peace this world brings but rather, direct me to focus on the promise and the instruction in Isaiah 26:3. “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Direct me to trust the peace of Christ to rule in my heart and mind, and to give You the glory for that peace.

I bring this prayer in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Prayer for Comfort During Grief

 

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**This prayer is for those who have lost a loved one or a friend due to death**

Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to thank You that I can come to You as Your Child. In John 6:47 Jesus said, “most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.” Being separated from a loved one or a friend by death happens to all of us. It is probably one of the hardest, most heart-breaking things we are facing or will have to face. Direct me to understand and accept that the death of this loved one or friend was no surprise to you, but ​is part of Your perfect plan. Job 14:5A person’s days are determined; You have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed” (NIV).

At this difficult time, I do not comprehend everything in John 16:20, but I am believing and trusting in Your promise. “You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy” (NIV).

It is such a blessing that You have created me ​with the ability to remember this special person in my life. Sometimes it will bring forth difficult times of sorrow, but under Your direction and time, You will bring comfort and joy from precious memories. Proverbs 10:7The memory of the righteous is a blessing” (ESV).

Since ​being without this person has radically changed my life and I must develop a new normal, I am depending on You for wisdom and direction. I am going to do what You tell me to in 1 Peter 5:7Cast all your anxiety upon him for he cares for you.

I ask You to direct me to put my focus on the following promises:

Psalm 32:8I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” (NIV)

2 Corinthians 12:9 Jesus said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.

Philippians 4:19And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Thank you for the peace and comfort You provide with these scriptures as well as many others.

In Jesus’ loving Name, Amen.

Miniature Prayers #15

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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.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.”

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In Times of Despair

Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to thank You that in times of trouble I can cry out to You: “Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications” and that You will hear my prayers Psalm 130:2.

Showing Love for Others

Heavenly Father, I come in Your Son’s Name to ask You to guide my life so that I will demonstrate John 13:35. “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

God-Honoring Speech

Lord, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to ask You to direct my speaking to exemplify Psalm 19:14. “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.”

Christians Living in Unity

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for the wise instructions ​You give to Christians in Psalm 133:1. “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”

God’s Consistency

Lord, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You that I can trust in You and Your Word to be the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Malachi 3:6 “For I am the LORD, I do not change…”

Christ, the Fullness of the Godhead

Lord, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to thank You that with the Holy Spirit living within me I have access to Jesus as expressed in Colossians 2:3. “In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”