Prayer for Anger Control by Using God’s Counsel

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Photo taken in Florida.

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

All wise and compassionate Heavenly Father, thank you for the many Bible verses that instruct on how to handle the very strong emotion of anger. As the old saying goes, “anger is only one letter away from danger.” I appreciate that You make it clear in Your Word that there is only one kind of anger that is acceptable; that is anger against the evil one and His ways. All other anger should be taken care of immediately. Ephesians 4:26-27 “‘Be angry, and do not sin,”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.

Thank you for avenging suffering and righting every wrong. You will fully vindicate when the time of judgement comes. I accept that You are the administrator of justice and willingly leave all retribution in Your hands. Psalm 7:10-11My defense is of God, who saves the upright in heart. God is a just judge, and God is angry with the wicked every day.

In the quest to subdue personal anger, I ask You to direct me to never become apathetic to areas in which I can miss the mark. Since Satan tries to use many different ways to instigate anger, give me the wisdom and the power to do what is expressed in Colossians 3:8-9. “But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds.

Thank you for all Your counsel, in the eternal, precious Name of Jesus, Amen.

A Prayer Based on Psalm 145 for When Burdens Seem More Than I Can Carry

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Photo taken in Colorado.

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

Heavenly Father, I come to You through the Name of Your Son Jesus to bring You thanks and praise for Your never-ending love for me. Thank you that there are many places in Your Word, the Bible, that tell me You will never leave or forsake me during the times when my burdens seem more than I can carry. In fact, You tell me that You are always near and that I should call upon You. Psalm 145:18The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.

Remind me often in times of trouble of Jesus’ statement in Mathew 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.” I appreciate that You promise never to allow more than I can bear. 1 Corinthians 10:13bBut God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able.

When life’s burdens seem to overwhelm me, give me the wisdom and strength to put my mind on the points David made in Psalm 145. Some of which are: Your greatness and power is beyond our comprehension. Verse 3: “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable.” You are gracious, compassionate, patient and merciful. Verses 8-9The 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.” As I work through my burdens, direct me to gain strength by reading over and over Psalm 145.

Thank you for Your love. Amen.

Prayer About Jesus as My Watchful Shepherd

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Photo taken in Kansas.

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

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name I thank You for Jesus giving His life for my salvation and being my Good Shepherd. In John 10:11, Jesus said: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.

It is a great blessing to know that after accepting Jesus Christ as my Savior, I belong to You now and for eternity. I have access to all the benefits for living the life that You have laid out in Your Word (Bible).

You also want to watch over me with love and protection just as a shepherd does for his sheep. As a child of Yours, direct me to be able to clearly listen to Your voice just as sheep listen to the voice of their shepherd. John 10:27My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

I am thankful that just like a shepherd supplies all of the needs of his sheep, You promise to supply all my needs according to the plan You have laid out for me in the present and the future. Philippians 4:19And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

It is such a peaceful thought to know that when this life is over and finished with all its sickness, pain, and suffering that I will be dwelling in Your house (Heaven) for eternity. There is no greater joy on this earth to think about than Psalm 23:6bAnd I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

To You be the Glory, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

Prayer Regarding Comfort When Resting in God

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

Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus to thank and praise You for the rest I can find in Your arms. You invite me to cast all my burdens and cares upon You, and You will carry me through this life.

I appreciate what Jesus said in Mathew 11:28-30. “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 in your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” This verse seems like it would be easy to do, but I ask You to forgive me for the many times I give my cares and burdens to You, then take them back shortly thereafter and begin to worry or try to solve them in my own strength. Since I can do nothing apart from You, teach me to bring all things to You and leave them there, whether big or small, difficult or easy.

Develop in me the daily habit of practicing Hebrews 4:16. “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” ​Guide me to also accept and rest in Your promise in 2 Corinthians 12:9a. Jesus said: “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.

Remind me often that each day that I live is a testament to Your amazing grace and that I can claim nothing for myself. I thank You for the privilege of being a believer in Jesus Christ and being able to ​experience these verses and many others ​as a reality in my life. As this musical phrase states, “to God be the glory, great things He has done.”

Resting in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

2019 Prayer of Appreciation for Pastors and Staff

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

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name during this pastor appreciation month to give You thanks for giving us pastors and Christian workers. It is a great blessing that You have chosen certain people to be equipped with special knowledge and understanding of Your Word, the Bible. Thank you for how You direct them to inform and train others in how to come into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and live an effective Christian life.

Direct those of us in the church to understand that the pastor of our church will be only as effective as the prayer that goes up for him.

You tell us in Your Word that personal knowledge of Jesus Christ is life-changing, and that the more we know Him the more we will be like Him. Therefore, I pray for my pastor Ephesians 1:17-18a. “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened…

We are living in such a chaotic world, so the Gospel message that pastors have to share is so even more powerful, important, and necessary for the world to know. Even so, remind pastors that their family is still their first responsibility. Deuteronomy 6:6-7a ‘”And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children…

Like Paul asked God in Ephesians 6:19, I ask for my pastor what is expressed in this verse. “And for me, that utterance be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel.

Because of the spiritual warfare that comes along with their role, encourage pastors to daily put on the armor of God as stated in Ephesians 6:13-18.

In Jesus’ Name, thank you for allowing me to lift up my pastor to you. Amen.

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

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Photo taken in Colorado.

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

Prayer for Victory Over Fear

 

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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.

 

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.

Jesus, the Prince of Peace

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Photo taken in Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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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Photo taken in Florida.

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.