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

God’s Interest in My Future

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

All-knowing heavenly Father, I come to You through the Name of Jesus to thank You for the promise in Your Word that You have full and total control of my life. You say in Jeremiah 29:11, ‘”For I know the plans I have for You,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (NIV). I know and trust that Your ways are perfect and so much more complete than my own. There are often things in my life that I don’t understand, yet I know that Your plan never fails or changes. You knew the path of my life before I was even born.

Because of these truths, I ask that You give me Your eyes and Your heart. Give me the peace to know that I can, “cast all [my] anxieties on [You] because [You] care for me1 Peter 5:7 (ESV).

Pause to give the Lord all Your anxieties and burdens.

I ask that the process of giving these burdens to You be a daily one and not just happen when all else has failed. With all the chaos and uncertainty in the world, thank you for the peace and comfort conveyed in the following quote: “I don’t know what the future holds, but I know Who holds the future” ~Anonymous.

I bring this all in the Name of Jesus, Amen.

God as Counselor

 

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

Almighty and wise counselor, I come to You in Jesus’ Name. As a believer in Jesus Christ, I thank You for living within me through the Holy Spirit ​and for the wise counsel you offer through Jesus. ​In Colossians 2:3, Jesus ​is described as the One “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
Forgive me for the times when my mind gets so caught up in the need to make decisions that I go to friends and family members for council instead of coming to You, the most important advisor. Direct me to come to You first and base my decisions on Your wisdom rather than on worldly insights.
Give me discernment to know that sometimes You use other people to show me what and how You want something accomplished in my life. “Where there is no counsel,  the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety” Proverbs 11:14.
I recognize my need to depend on You. I ask You to continue to shape and mold me into the person You created me to be. Direct me to always do like the children of Israel did when they were in difficult situations: “then the children of Israel arose and went up to the house of God to inquire of God…”  Judges 20:18.
Thank you for Your ever present hand in every situation in my life, and for allowing me to bring this prayer in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer in Extreme Circumstances: A Prayer Based on Proverbs 3:5-6

 

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

 

Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to thank You for inviting me to practice Proverbs 3:5-6Trust in the LORD with all your heart (vs. 5a). It is with love that I come to You to ask You to direct me in getting my mind off of my situation and on to You, all-loving God.

And Lean not on your own understanding (vs. 5b). As I look around and think about it, there is no other place to turn ​but to You. All human solutions ​to my problems are inadequate. I turn to You because I believe that what You tell me in Your Word, the Bible, is true. In Mark 10:27 You are shown to be all-powerful. “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.” In Psalm 139:1-2 You tell me that You are all-knowing and everywhere present. “O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.

In all your ways acknowledge Him (vs. 6a). In this specific situation I come to You, resting in what You tell me to do in Jeremiah 33:3. “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.

And He will direct your path” (vs. 6b). In closing I am going to put my trust in Your promise in Psalm 50:15.”Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.

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

God’s Providential Comfort

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

Lord Almighty, I come through the Name of Your Son Jesus to thank You for the privilege of being able to come to Your mighty throne of grace and be comforted. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort” 2 Corinthians 1:3.

Lord, You are the God of all comfort and You alone give us reassurance in difficult situations. In the time of need, remind me of Matthew 11:28-29, “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.”

Lord, lead me to paths of righteousness in my time of need. Lead me to Scriptures, music and fellowship opportunities that exalt Your Name and encourage me to live for You. Teach me to draw comfort from You. And finally, enable me to share that same comfort You have given me with those You have put in my own realm of influence, such as my friends, children, and grandchildren. “[God], 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.2 Corinthians 1:4.

It is in the precious Name of Jesus I come, Amen.

A Prayer for the New School Year

 

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

 

Heavenly Father, I come to You through the all-powerful Name of Jesus to thank you for this time of the year when many young people are going back to school. We want to bring to You all our loved ones and friends who will be in school. I ask You to give the young people the ability to comprehend what is being taught. I ask that You give them discernment and wisdom to know when something is being shared that is not in agreement with the teaching in Your Word. James 1:5 says, “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 the school environment we have today, I ask that You put a hedge of protection around the students and the teachers to keep them safe from the ways of the evil one. I ask for what Jesus said: “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one” John 17:15.

As these young people face the many temptations in school, encourage them to daily spend time in Your Word for direction and guidance. Make the words in Psalm 119:9 a great desire of theirs. “How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.” I especially ask that if any do not have a relationship with Jesus as their Savior that You would direct them to make that the highest priority this year.

I bring these thoughts in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer Quotes to Think About #13

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Quote Selection: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Noah, Photography: Ali

“If I try to pray for people or events without having God’s Word in front of me, guiding my prayers, then severe negative things happen. One is that I tend to be very repetitive… I just pray the same things all the time. Another negative thing is that my mind tends to wander.” ~John Piper

“If we pray without reading the Word, we shall be ignorant of the mind and will of God, and liable to be blown about by every wind of doctrine.” ~D.L. Moody

“Dare not live without prayer.” ~Charles Swindoll

“A. Establish the priority of prayer, B. Rearrange your schedule to meet this prayer, C. Plan your prayer life.” ~Dr. Sidlow Baxter

“Prayer is not only a comfort in times of need; it is essential for survival. It guided Jesus through His life. Let it guide you.” ~Charles Stanley

“Instead of telling God how big the storm is, tell the storm how big God is.” ~Anonymous