2019 Easter Prayer

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

Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Your risen, living Son Jesus to give You praise and thanksgiving for this Easter celebration and for the atoning death on the cross of Your spotless Son. In addition to taking my place on the cross, You accepted the fate that should have been mine, and bore the punishment of death for my sin, allowing me to be set free. Philippians 2:8And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”

How wonderful it is that the Easter story does not end with Jesus’ death. It also shows the resurrection power of God. Mathew 28:5-6aBut the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen.‘”

Thank you for providing a way to overcome the power of sin. Simply by my accepting and believing in Jesus as Savior, You have given me the righteousness of God through the saving work of Your Son. 2 Corinthians 5:21 “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

Direct me to comprehend and appreciate the true meaning of all that happened as we celebrate this special day of Easter. It is no small thing that ​Jesus traded the immeasurable worth of His righteousness for something as worthless as man’s sin.

In Jesus’ Name, I thank You for all the blessings this Easter season brings to mind, Amen.

God Listens to Those Who Call

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

Heavenly Father, I come in the Name of Jesus to thank You for Your presence in my life. ​I appreciate the fact that You always listen when I call out Your Name. In times of trouble, I can rely on You to be there no matter how insignificant I may feel ​at the time ​or how insignificant my problems may seem compared to the problems of others. You not only hear me, but act upon my prayers in Your sovereign timing. Psalm 34:17The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.

You know the desires and the inner workings of my heart, and I am trusting that You know what is best. Even when things are not going as I had planned, You are still there and listening. Sometimes You are silent, but I know that it is not from a lack of caring. Rather, it may be a way of getting my attention. Teach me to be patient in times of silence and wait to hear from You. Micah 7:7Therefore I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; My God will hear me.

I recognize that it is only through the work of Jesus dying on the cross and His resurrection and saving grace that I can be seen as righteous in Your eyes. 1 Peter 3:12aFor the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers.” It is such a blessing to have the privilege of learning from Your Word (The Bible) and communicating with You in prayer.

Thank You for allowing me to bring these thoughts to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Drawing Close to God

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

Lord, I come to You today in the Name of Your Son Jesus. Thank you for the instruction in Your Word about how if I draw close to You, You will draw close to me. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-mindedJames 4:8. I realize from this verse and many others that You want to draw close to me and have a personal relationship with me.

Remind me daily that one of my greatest needs for developing closeness with You​, in addition to reading my Bible and praying, is to have very short accounts with regard to sin. You tell me in Psalm 66:18 that if I do not take care of sin in my life, You do not even hear me. “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.”

Thank you for providing a way in 1 John 1:9 for me to be able to clear up my communication line with You. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Direct me to always have an open line of communication with You. Show me through Your Word and ​prayer how You can direct me onto the straight path of righteousness.

I ask that 2 Corinthians 2:14 will always be true in my life. “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

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

A Prayer Based on Psalm 27

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

Lord, in Jesus’ Name, I thank You for being my light, my salvation, and my strength in this dark world. Though some may come against me to try to make me anxious, or even destroy me, You have promised that You will not allow that to happen. Verse 1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Like David, I ask that You will direct me to constantly seek after You so that I will be able to enjoy my relationship with You continually.

Do not hide Your face from me when I cry out to You for help, but answer me with Your mercy and grace. Verse 5 For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.”

Father, give me a teachable spirit, then lead me on the path of righteousness laid out in Your Holy Word. Sometimes, waiting for answers is very difficult, especially if there is a long time frame involved. It can seem as if You do not see the urgency of my situation. Forgive me for that kind of thinking because it implies that You are not in control. Instead, help me to see waiting time as a tool that You use to teach me about the many blessings You have for me. Make real in my life Your words in Verse 14. “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!

I bring this prayer in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Giving Praise and Thanks to God for Scripture Promises

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

*** 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.

 

Guarding the Words of My Mouth

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

**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.

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

**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.