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.

A Guide for Expanding and Personalizing the Lord’s Prayer: Matthew 6:9-18


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This method of prayer uses the Lord’s Prayer as a guide for many topics to include in prayer. You can expand these guidelines by adding additional items that come to your mind as you pray.

Our Father:

I come in Jesus’ Name to thank and praise You for being everywhere present, all-knowing, all-powerful and unchanging. You provide salvation, and freedom from fear of the past, present, and future. You give companionship, provide for my needs, healing and protection from Satan, the evil one.

who art in Heaven:

A place of perfect rest and peace. Thank you that everyone who accepts Jesus Christ as their personal Savior will have an eternal home there with You.  John 3:15 That whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

hallowed be Thy Name:

Lord, I lift Your Name on high. I praise You for Your awesomeness, revealed through Your creation. Thank you that all who are born again believers can come to You in Jesus’ Name to receive power, strength, and wisdom. Psalm 147:5Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite.

Thy kingdom come:

Dominate my thoughts and reign over every part of my life. May all my and other believers’ actions be inspired by Your Spirit. Colossian 1:17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven:

I recognize that and thank You that everything is controlled by You. Therefore, I yield myself to You and ask You to fill and control me with Your Spirit. I trust in You with all my heart lean not on my own understanding. Proverbs 3:5-6Trust 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 paths.

give us this day our daily bread:

Thank you that I can trust in You to take care of all my physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional needs. Philippians 4:19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

forgive us our sins:

Show me anything that is wrong in my life and any hindrances in my relationship with You. Thank you for dying for my sin on the cross. Direct me to confess all sin to you. 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.

as we forgive those who have sinned against us:

Direct me to anyone I need to forgive. Remove all bitterness, jealousy, malice, etc. that I might have against another person. Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.

lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

Keep me from the things that Satan would like to use to cause me to do wrong. Cover me with the armor of God: the helmet of salvation, breastplate of righteousness, the girdle of truth, the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit. Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever:

I acknowledge that You rule over everything, have all power, all wisdom and are everywhere present. In Jesus’ precious Name, I thank You for the many points of instruction for life in this prayer example, Amen.

**You can find the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:8-13






Miniature Scripture Prayers #19


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

God’s Mercy

Merciful Heavenly Father, I come in Your Son’s Name to thank You for Your mercy expressed in Psalm 103:8,10. “The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities.

​Dead to Sin, Alive to God

Lord, I come to You as a believer, in Jesus’ Name, to thank You for the message in Romans 6:11-12. “Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.

The Beauty of Heaven

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for the future glories promised in Revelation 21:4 for believers in Jesus Christ. “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.

Seeing God’s Awesomeness Through His Creation

Lord, in Jesus’ Name, I ask for more comprehension of Your awesome creation. Psalm 19:1The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.

Destruction of Pride

Heavenly Father, I come in Your Son’s Name to ask the Holy Spirit to show me and correct all my dealings involving pride. Proverbs 16:5Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; though they join forces, none will go unpunished.

Seeking Wise Counsel

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, I ask You to direct me to be open to Godly counsel. Proverbs 15:22Without counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors they are established.

Thanks for the Comfort and Advantages for the Believer who has Faith in God


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

Heavenly Father, I come to You in the powerful Name of Jesus to thank You for all the wonderful blessings that come from living a life of faith in You. I am comforted when I am in Your arms. I know that I can rest in Your presence and that You will sustain me and protect me from the evil one. I am grateful for the promise and teaching in Psalm 112, which states that, as a believer, if I respect and reverence You, believe Your promises and gladly obey Your directions, I can expect You to completely take care of me. Psalm 112:1Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who delights greatly in His commandments.

Daily teach me to fear You more and understand the awe of Your greatness. Open my eyes to Your all-encompassing strength, knowledge, presence, love, grace, and mercy. Guide me to rely on You for every need that I have. Philippians 4:19And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” It is a great blessing to know that if I completely trust in You, You will take care of me. My fears will subside…even the fear of death. Thank you that faith, respect, and obedience to God will lead to a blessed life.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

2019 4th of July Prayer

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

Gracious Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, I thank You for the privilege of celebrating the history of the many blessings our nation ​enjoys. Especially the blessing of our nation allowing us to celebrate the greatest liberty of all, freedom in Jesus Christ. Galatians 5:1Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

I am aware that the freedom in our nation has not come without a huge price for many families. Some have lost loved ones or ​know someone suffering from the horrors of war. I ask that You​ make them aware of the special blessing of coming to You for help through Jesus. Hebrews 4:16Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

With all the evil and negativity happening in our land and to our people, America is very much in need of prayer. In order to receive Your blessing as a nation, You tell us in Psalm 33:12a what needs to be done. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” Starting with this special holiday, direct us as individuals, and as a nation, to be more dependent on You. We need Your divine protection as individuals, and as a nation, in all areas of life to remain safe, productive and strong. Lead us so that we can continue to be blessed in the future and prayerfully ​sing the phrase in the song America the Beautiful: “America, America, God shed His grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.”

God bless America. In Jesus’ Name, A​men.

Radio Interview Tomorrow Morning!

We have just completed 3 years of writing about prayer and posted over 100 Scripture-based prayers. We want to thank all of you for your support and encouragement.

On July 2, 2019 (tomorrow) at 10 A.M. MDT, we are doing a radio interview on KCMI FM 97.1 to give an update on our blog and talk about prayer. If you are interested, please tune in.

The interview will be live-streamed at the following link if you do not have access to the station: http://www.christiannetcast.com/listen/player.asp?station=kcmi-fm



Prayer on Overcoming Doubt


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

Lord, I come to You through the saving grace of Jesus to thank You for the confidence I can have in You. You alone can provide relief from the doubt that I encounter in life. It is a great blessing that I can trust in You and never outrun Your grace.

Joshua 1:9Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Forgive me for the many times I start focusing on circumstances and doubting instead of trusting in You and Your word. Isaiah 40:31But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

Direct me to trust in You no matter what situation I might face in life. May I confidently know that You are by my side and that You will always be there to pick me up. Thank you that Your strength is made perfect in my weakness. Although I am weak, You are always willing to give strength in every situation. Isaiah 40:29He [God] gives power to the weak, and those who have no might He increases strength.” Through the encouragement from these verses, I ask that You dispel any self doubt that I may have by giving me confidence in You and the truth of Your Word (the Bible).

Show me how to incorporate and make the message in Psalm 119:105 more real in my life. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Thank you for allowing me to express these thoughts in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Man’s Importance in God’s Eyes


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

Lord, I come into Your presence through the Name of Your Son Jesus to praise You for Your goodness to me. Your love for me knows no bounds, Your grace and mercy have no end. Thank you that I am important and valuable in Your eyes. It is a privilege to know that You created me in Your image. Genesis 1:26aThen God said, let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.” It is also a blessing to know that You have enough confidence in man to give him a powerful and innate responsibility over Your creation. You have asked man to rule over all the other creatures on the earth. Genesis 1:26bLet them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

I want my actions and work in this life that You have chosen for me to be pleasing to You. I ask that You would direct me in better serving You with the time and talents You have given me. Allow me to understand that I am made in Your image and that I was not a mistake or something that ​was created by mere chance. Jeremiah 1:5aBefore I formed you in the womb I knew you.” Being made in Your image gives me many of Your characteristics, and this provides for a basis for having a ​healthy view of my value in Your eyes. In closing, all I can say is thank you, and “to God be the glory, great things He has done.”

I bring this prayer in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

2019 Father’s Day Prayer and Tribute


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

Lord almighty, I come to You today through the Name of Your Son Jesus to praise You for the gift of my earthly father (if deceased, for the memory of him). Thank you for the leadership, courage and protection that my earthly father provides. For ​I appreciate the opportunity ​I have today to specifically celebrate my father and recognize ​him for all the work ​he has put into my life. I praise you that there are fathers all across the country leading their families according to Your Word. Thank you for enabling these men to live a life honoring to You.

I realize that although Your creation of fathers was perfect in nature, sin has entered and corrupted that perfection. Because of this corruption, many have been left with long-lasting scars and pains from their earthly fathers. Direct those who have had an unpleasant relationship with their father or never knew him, with Your help, to forgive him and cast all their past hurts unto Jesus. 1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”

Thank you that no matter how much our earthly fathers ​may have failed us, You will never fail. Your Word tells in Psalm 27:10 “When my father and mother forsake me, then the LORD will take care of me.” You will always be there, arms wide open, ready to receive ​me, and that is a promise no one can take away.

I ask that You would teach fathers and future fathers to rely on You for wisdom and strength to lead and instruct their families. Show them how to model their lives and shape their influence to better reflect the example You have given in Your Word.

It is in the perfect Name of Jesus that ​I pray, Amen.

Miniature Scripture Prayers #18



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


Protection from Evil

Powerful Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for Your protection from Satan. 2 Thessalonians 3:3But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.

Knowing and Hearing God

Lord, I come in Your Son’s Name to ask You to better develop in me the ability to hear and know You. Psalm 143:8Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, for in You do I trust; cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You.

Going to the Throne of Grace

Lord, I come to You in Your Son’s Name to thank You for inviting me to meet with You. Hebrews 4:16Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

Wisdom for Living

All wise Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name I ask You to direct me to be a Proverbs 1:5 person. “A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel.

Thanks for God’s Attributes

Compassionate Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your wonderful attributes recorded in Psalm 145:8-9. “The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The LORD is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.

Assurance That the Word in the Bible Came from God

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for the assurance in 2 Peter 1:20-21 that Your Word came from You (God). “Knowing this first , that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.