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.

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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Photo taken in Colorado.

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.

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

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Photo taken in Maine.

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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Photo taken in Nebraska.

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.

Prayer on Overcoming Doubt

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Photo taken in Maine.

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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Photo taken in Tiverton, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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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Photo taken in Nebraska.

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.

Prayer for Control Over Temptation

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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 mercy and grace of Your Son. It is because of His sacrifice that I can come boldly to the throne of grace. I praise You for the protection and guidance You provide in Your Word (the Bible) for ​how to handle the temptations of the evil one. Whatever temptations come my way, You will never forsake me. You promise in 1 Corinthians 10:13, “no temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

Lord, I acknowledge that it is not through my own strength that I can resist the temptations of the evil one, but only through You that I can gain victory. Thank you for forgiving me for the times I have failed to realize that it is only through Your Word and ​my relationship with You that that I can overcome temptation. Ephesians 6:16-18aAbove all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.”

I ask You to guide and lead me to victory in the daily battle against the temptation to sin. Show me how to use Your Word like Jesus did when the tempter came to Him. He said in Mathew 4:4, “‘it is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.“” Thank you for Your encouragement on this topic and for allowing me to come in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

2019 Memorial Day Prayer

Photo taken at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Changing of the Guard

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

Compassionate, all-knowing, Heavenly Father, I come to You in the name of Jesus to thank You for the memories You have given me of loved ones and friends who have passed on. I appreciate how You have spoken to me through their example and actions while they were living. Proverbs 10:7aThe memory of the righteous is blessed.” On this special day, remind all of us who enjoy freedom and peace that throughout the years many have sacrificed their life fighting for our country. There are still many military members and first responders today who live in danger and in some cases give their lives protecting others.

Direct me to be sympathetic to the families whose loved ones have made the ultimate sacrifice. I ask You to bless the men, women and their families who are currently involved in defending our freedom. (Pray specifically for those you know). Give healing and comfort to the families and loved ones who are recovering from the devastation of war and domestic terror and violence.

Thank you for the greatest memory of all, recorded in the Bible in John 3:16, about Jesus dying on the cross, making a way for all who desire salvation, and how those who believe in Christ will ultimately live in Heaven for eternity. “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.” I ask You to direct me to reflect on the seriousness of this holiday and how it is not just all about fun and games.

Thank you that I can bring these thoughts in Jesus’ wonderful Name, Amen.