Prayer of Thanks for the Amazing Things God Does for Believers in Jesus

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

Lord, I come to You through the Name of Jesus to thank You for the extraordinary things that You have done in my life and the lives of many others who believe in You. You bless all those who follow You as expressed in Psalm 103:2-5. “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Despite my many failures, You continually pull me out of the pit of sin and set me back on the path of righteousness. You ​remove evil from me and put before me the righteousness of Your heart. Thank you for not repaying me for the sins I have committed.

Psalm 103:10 “He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities.” It is such a blessing to live with Your promise described in Psalm 103:8. “The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in mercy.” I ask You to direct me to more fully understand that You have supreme, unlimited power over the entire universe.

No matter how difficult life’s journey may be, show me how to rest and trust in all of the ​truths You provide in Your Word, the Bible. Thank you that I am a child of Yours and for covering me with showers of blessing. To You be all glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Fred and Janet: Surviving a Terrorist Attack with God’s Help

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The painting Fred and Janet’s daughter made for them after the bombing (photo provided by Fred).

Compiled and edited by Ali and Elton Streyle

Fred and Janet asked that Psalm 23:4 serve as an outline for this testimony.

The Bombing: “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death” (Psalm 23:4a)

Tuesday March 22, 2016 marked the second day of spring, “but it didn’t feel like springtime yet,” remembers Fred. That morning, he and his wife Janet were waiting in the Brussels Airport Delta check-in line for Fred’s morning flight to the United States.

Fred is the director of an organization that specializes in player development with basketball camps, summer leagues, and college scholarship trips. The events also share the good news of Jesus Christ and teach youth how to achieve life goals.

Authorities report that on March 22, 2016, at 7:58 a.m., a bomb exploded in the Brussels Airport, killing 12 people. Fred and Janet were a mere 15 feet away from the blast. They remember hearing a loud explosion and seeing a ball of fire flash between them. Before falling unconscious, Janet recalls thinking she was going to die. However, she had real peace because she knew where she would be going (Heaven) because of her belief in Jesus Christ as Savior. John 3:15That whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

Several minutes after the explosion, Fred regained consciousness. He realized instantly that he had awakened in a terrorist attack. There was carnage all around him. “My soul quickly responded,” he said. “My bloody right hand reached confidently toward the ceiling and I yelled loudly, ‘God help us! Help us, God!’”

“Immediately after I called out to God, He gave me a list of objectives. These purposes replaced any panic that I felt: calling for Janet, finding Janet, and fleeing the building.” It was a scene he would never forget. “I called her name several times, but she didn’t respond. Then I recognized her silhouette in the haziness to my right. I crawled to her, put my hands on her shoulders and asked if it was her.” It was.

The Sidewalk: “I will fear no evil, for you oh Lord are with me” (Psalm 23:4a)

Once on their feet, Fred and Janet made their way through the rubble strewn across the floor out to the sidewalk in front of the airport. Another scene of horror and chaos awaited.

There were many people outside, injured worse than they were.

“God, we felt, gave us a level of composure. He helped us to the point that we could help others. The Lord is the Good Shepherd. God’s grace accompanied us in the valley of the shadow of death. We feared no evil. We just felt compelled to stay and comfort others until the professionals arrived,” Fred recalled.

Janet’s mind was also filled with objectives to obey that day: to comfort people and pray for people, but don’t physically move anyone. Together Fred and Janet prayed for these victims of the bombing and others who would appear minutes later.

As Fred and Janet continued to care for the people around them, a paramedic arrived and hurried to the group on the sidewalk.

Fred thought his face, height, and lean frame looked familiar. When he went to help him lift the medical equipment over a fence, he asked, “are you a basketball player?” The man replied without hesitation, “yes! You’re Fred! I played in your Summer League last year.”

After this unlikely meeting, Fred was encouraged, saying he “felt like a teammate just arrived on the scene.”

The Recovery: “Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4b)

The Good Shepherd gives deliberate direction to His sheep during difficult times using His rod and staff. In a similar fashion, the Word of God gave direction and comfort to Fred and Janet.

Fred suffered from burns on his head and was peppered with shrapnel from the blast. Shrapnel also cut the back of Janet’s head. The pressure from the bomb caused both of their eardrums to shatter, and they have been prescribed hearing aids as they continue to suffer from hearing loss. Fred’s eardrums melted due to his proximity to the bomb’s severe heat and he has undergone 4 surgeries to repair them.

The Direction, Hope, and Impact of God’s Word

“In the first few days after the attack, we had a lot of really warm comments on Facebook. There’s a lot of kindness out there. Romans 15:13 was posted twice, and that verse has been super encouraging.”

Roman 15:13May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (NIV).

As Fred dug deeper into this passage, he began to see what he calls echoes, because of the prayer’s symmetrical structure. “Paul frames his prayer with the God of hope at the beginning and ends it with the Holy Spirit’s power. Hope is coupled at both ends too. The core of this prayer focuses on the primary task for those in need: trust in God to produce hope, joy, and peace.”

Romans 12:12 was very impactful for Fred, so much so that his daughter made a hand-painted sign for his office with the following words: “be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (NIV).

More Answers to Prayer

After the attack, Fred and Janet prayed for and wondered what had become of the people they had cared for on the sidewalk. They soon had an answer about one of the people they had met that day.

Janet is good friends with an intensive care nurse in Brussels, and the nurse called to see how she and Fred were doing. Janet expressed her concern about a specific woman she had helped. The nurse recognized who she was talking about, and it turned out that he was the nurse caring for the woman Janet had helped.

The woman remembered Janet’s help, and she has since become close friends with both Fred and Janet. “She’s finding hope and healing. She followed a Journey from Creation to Christ study with us. These discovery Bible studies led her to faith in Christ” Fred shared.

Despite the evil and darkness Fred and Janet experienced that day, they have found hope and peace through their relationships with God. Their perspective and attitude about what happened that day can only be described as God-given. In a letter posted on Facebook just eight days after the bombing, Fred and Janet wrote the following:

“In the midst of the chaos, we feel it was helpful for us to understand the unthinkable. We are familiar with the first pages of the Bible that paint a picture of the predicament of our world: humans tend to turn away from God’s goodness and sometimes do terrible things. We humans so easily follow the evil one. His ways are evil, and he rules in this world. He does it daily in small ways, and at times in horrific ways. Tuesday in Brussels, we were reminded of this truth.

Nonetheless, we are convinced that God is love, peace, and the light in this dark world… More than ever before, we want to keep learning from Jesus Christ how to be peaceful, loving, and lights in our marriage, in our family, wherever we are, and whatever we do… In the coming days, we’ll need to hold on to what Jesus says to anyone who wants to learn from Him and receive His help: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraidJohn 14:27 [NIV].”

Christ’s Example of Service

After five months, Fred and Janet were still very fatigued. In a stressful situation, Fred said “I was at the end of my rope physically, emotionally, and maybe even spiritually. I went to a sidewalk café and began to pray. “God, show me how to serve, because I am at the end of my energy.”’

God showed him that Romans chapter 12-15 would be the best place to look for answers about serving God, so he read and reread those chapters. According to Fred, the pivotal segment is found in Romans 15:1-13. “During the days I was reading [these verses], I discovered afresh Jesus as our example of service. He lived to please others rather than himself. [Romans 15:3a “For even Christ did not please Himself…”] I needed to adopt His attitude with the measure of energy God gave me.”

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” Romans 15:5-6 (NIV).

As teens, Fred and Janet each put their trust in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. They praise God for the peace that comes with the promise of eternal salvation. Had they not survived the terrorist attack, they know they would have entered the place Jesus prepared for them. John 14:1&2b “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me… I go to prepare a place for you.

This experience has confirmed to Fred and Janet the urgency of sharing the Bible and the Good News of Jesus Christ as Savior to all people.

“God is good all the time, and He wants us to imitate Christ and keep serving. Some people don’t believe that because Satan blinds people and wants us to doubt God’s goodness. Don’t get caught in that trap. One day everything will be rectified,” Fred says.

He continues, “Janet and I haven’t felt bitter about the attack because God is the God of vengeance. He repays evil.” Romans 12:19b “’Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.

“We have a new appreciation about the importance of forgiveness and praying for anyone who hurts people,” Fred says.

Fred and Janet are thanking and praising the Lord that in spite of the horror they went through, they have been experiencing Romans 12:12 through God’s protection and the absence of the anxiety and fear that normally comes with this kind of traumatic event. “Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer.

Conclusion

Fred says that spending time in God’s Word, praying, “and trusting Him in whatever state you’re in leads to finding hope. That is His identity. He is the God of hope who wants us to overflow with His hope.” Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path.

If you would like to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ like Fred and Janet have, and experience the hope that He brings, visit the Salvation tab on our blog.

**Fred has produced a New Testament study Bible titled, The Parchment Project. Its unique format and summary charts help readers see the big picture of each of the 27 New Testament books. Learn more about it at parchmentproject.com **

 

 

 

 

Prayer for Victory Over Fear

 

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Photo taken in Colorado.

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

Heavenly Father, I come in the Name of Your Son, Jesus, to thank You for the victory You provide over fear. You have even given me a way not to have to fear death. I was doomed for the pits of Hell, destined for an eternity of suffering. But then You sent Your Son Jesus to give His life to pay for my sin and provide a way for me to have an eternal home in Heaven. Thank you that all I have to do to have the gift of salvation is be obedient to the instruction in Your Word (the Bible). John 3:15 “That whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” In addition to eternity in Heaven, Your Salvation has freed me so that I can live my life in the present not in fear, but in boldness, proclaiming Your mighty love to the world.

Forgive me for the times when I resort to living in fear. I know that because I am in a relationship with You, there is nothing to fear. There is no problem too difficult for You. Jeremiah 32:17 “Ah, LORD God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.”

Show me how to not be fearful of the things of this world, but rather set my eyes upon You and Your Word. Remind me often of the truth found in 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” I desire for You to enable me to hold fast to these truths in Your Word, giving me the strength and confidence to carry on the life You have called me to.

In Jesus’ Name, thank you for giving me peace instead of fear, Amen.

 

Miniature Scripture Prayers #20

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

Freedom in Christ

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for providing freedom in Jesus Christ for me as a believer. Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”

Glorifying God

Lord, I come in Jesus’ Name to ask You to direct me to continually practice 1 Chronicles 16:10-11. “Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD! Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His face evermore!”

Uncovering Sin

Heavenly Father, I come in Your Son’s Name asking You to constantly give me the desire to put into practice Proverbs 28:13. “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.”

Thanking the Lord

Heavenly Father, I come to You in Your Son’s Name to ask You to remind me often to do 1 Chronicles 16:8-9. “Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; talk of all His wondrous works!”

God’s Perfect Peace

Lord, I come in Jesus’ wonderful Name to thank You for providing peace. Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”

Deliverance from Sin

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank You for what is described in Colossians 1:13-14. “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.”

The Work of Angels for Believers

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

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for explaining the work of angels in Your Word (the Bible). You make it very clear that angels are not to be worshiped or prayed to. In the book of Revelation, an angel instructs John about this. In Revelation 22:8b, John said, “and when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things.” Then, in Revelation 22:9a,c, the angel said, “see that you do not do that… [instead,] worship God.

Even though most of the time we don’t recognize it, You direct Your angels to work on behalf of believers. Hebrews 1:14Are they [angels] not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?” It is a great comfort to know that You can direct Your angels to be close to us in every situation. Psalm 34:7The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them.” It is encouraging to know that Your angels are also very powerful. Psalm 103:20Bless the LORD, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word.” Thank You for the many examples You give in Scripture, such as the one in Acts 5:19, that help us comprehend the work of angels. “But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out.

I appreciate the final and greatest act of angels on behalf of a believer in Jesus Christ. When a believer dies, the angels escort him/her to eternal glory with You in Heaven. Luke 16:22aSo it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom.” Thank you for all of the encouragement Your Word gives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Instructive Prayer Quotes #15

 

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

“In the morning, prayer is the key that opens to us the treasures of God’s mercies and blessings. In the evening, it is the key that shuts us up under His protection and safeguard.” ~Henry Ward Beecher

“When I pray for another person, I am praying for God to open my eyes so that I can see that person as God does. ~Philip Yancey

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” ~Jeremiah 29:11-13

“The Word of God and prayer will keep you from sin. Sin will keep you from the Word of God and prayer.” ~Unknown

“Forgiveness and cleansing is very important in a Christian’s prayer life. It is like eating from a dirty bowl versus eating from a clean one. It is always best to clean the dirt from the bowl before using it and to clean our heart and mind before praying. Psalm 66:18 “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.”‘ ~Elton Streyle

“God will use small vessels, but not dirty ones.” ~Evelyn Christensen

 

 

Jesus, the Prince of Peace

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

Lord, I come to You through Your Son’s Name to thank You for the endless peace and grace You give. Even many years before Jesus was born, it was prophesied that He would be the Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6For unto us a Child is born, unto to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” It is because of Your Son Jesus dying on the cross and His resurrection for our sins and failures that we have the privilege of having peace with You. Romans 5:1Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Thank you that because of my personal relationship with Jesus, I can truly enjoy the peace of God dwelling in me. John 14:27Peace 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.

It is Your peace within me that allows me to have peace in situations and with people around me. Mark 9:50bHave peace one with another.” It is such a blessing to have You bring clarity to my confusion, hope to my suffering, and peace to my turmoil. I know that these verses and others allow me to rest secure in You as my source of comfort and peace. I rest in Your promise in Psalm 4:8. “I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

Thank you for the privilege of coming to You in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

A Believer’s Prayer for God’s Protection from Evil

 

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

Lord, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to thank You for the protection You provide for Your children. With so much evil surrounding us on a daily basis, it is a blessing to hear what Jesus said in John 17:15. “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.” Many times You shield us from the attacks of Satan even when we don’t realize it. In 2 Thessalonians 3:3, Paul tells us what You do for us so that we do not have to live in fear. “But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.”

Thank You for giving instructions in Your Word (the Bible) of what You want Your children (believers in Jesus Christ) to do so that You can give the protection that we desire and need. In James 4:7-8a You tell us that with the power of the Holy Spirit living within the believer, we can resist evil and have it flee from us. “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”

Teach me how to use Your Word for both defense and offense when the Evil One tries to distort my thinking and mislead me. I ask that You will continually develop in me the ability to use the armor of God, ​explained in Ephesians 6:10-20, to defend against evil and to stay true to You. Direct me to have Ephesians 6:10-11 be a daily part of my life. “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 devil.”

Thank You for allowing me to bring these requests in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

2019 Back to School Prayer

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

Heavenly Father, thank you for this time of the year when many young people are going back to school. Let us not forget the privilege that is ours in America to be educated in many different fields of study.

I want to bring to You my loved ones and friends who will be in school this year. I ask You to give them the ability to comprehend what is being presented and discernment and wisdom to know when something is being taught that is not in agreement with the teaching in Your Word. “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 James 1:5.

Put a hedge of protection around students and teachers to keep them from the influences of wrong theories and teaching. I ask for what Jesus said in the second half of John 17:15. “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.

As these young people and teachers face many kinds of temptations in school, encourage them to daily spend time in Your Word for direction. 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.”

If any do not have a relationship with Jesus as their Savior, make that the highest educational priority for them this year.

I bring this prayer in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

God’s Defense for Believers

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

Lord, I come to You in the name of my great savior and defender, Jesus Christ. I am aware that I am constantly assaulted by the evil one. He takes every opportunity he can find to trip me up and cause as much chaos as possible. I am not strong enough to resist him myself. Therefore, I thank You for the shield of protection You have put around me as expressed by David in 2 Samuel 22:2-3. David said: “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; the God of my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; my Savior, You save me from violence.

It is such a blessing to rest in Your arms knowing that I do not have to fear because You are always on my side. Your presence is always surrounding me and Your love never leaves me. I appreciate so much the message expressed in this beautiful old hymn by Francis Crosby:

Safe in the Arms Of Jesus

Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe from corroding care.
Safe from the world’s temptations; sin cannot harm me there.
Free from the blight of sorrow, free from my doubts and fears; only a few more trials, only a few more tears!

Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe on His gentle breast; there by His love overshadowed, sweetly my soul shall rest.

Direct me to be constantly mindful of Your promise in Psalm 46:1. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Thank you that I have the privilege of bringing these thoughts in Jesus’ Name, Amen.