Prayer About Developing a Spiritual Mindset

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

All wise Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for the wisdom You express in Your Word (the Bible) as to how I can be spiritually minded instead of carnally minded. Thank you for giving Your only begotten Son to die on the cross to make new life possible for me. It is a blessing that You desire for me to be spiritually minded and to have a life filled with Your peace. Romans 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Thank you for making it clear in Your Word that not only do You not want me to go along with the outward customs and behaviors of the evils of this world, but You also do not want me to engage in negative attitudes like pride, selfishness, arrogance, etc. Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Direct me to let the power of Your Word redirect my thinking so that I can see everything with a clear mind and from a biblical perspective. Show me how not to be influenced by the evil cultural viewpoints of the society that I live in. Since what I put in my mind determines what comes out in my words and actions, direct me to be very sensitive to the kind of materials that I read in books and on social media, what I listen to, and what I watch in movies and on television. Encourage me to read Your Word so that it becomes the main thing filling my mind.

Thank you for Paul’s admonishment in Philippians 4:8 about how I can get my mind focused on what is good and pure. “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.

I surrender my mind to You to be transformed, renewed, and directed by the Holy Spirit dwelling within me. Amen.

2022 Mother’s Day Prayer

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

Loving Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to thank You for my mother. If she is deceased, thank you for the memory of her. If she is or was a Godly woman, I express my gratitude to You for the way You directed her to guide me closer to You. If she is or was not a believer, I ask that Your Spirit allow me to see how You are still using her to develop my relationship with You.

I praise You for the way You have designed mothers to reflect Your love to their children. Isaiah 66:13a-bAs one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you.” Thank you for the following ways my mother has been a conduit for Your love in my life: [insert you own experiences here].

For all of the mothers and mother-figures in my life, I ask that You empower them to cultivate devoted Christ-followers in the next generation, like Timothy’s mother and grandmother did. 2 Timothy 1:4c-5 That I may be filled with joy, when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.

Lord, thank you that whether I have a strong or struggling relationship with my mother, Your love for me is so much greater than hers could ever be. Isaiah 49:15 Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you.” I ask that You encourage and draw all mothers that I am acquainted with, young and old, into a close relationship with You.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Intercessory Prayer for Children, Grandchildren, Loved Ones, and Friends (Based on Colossians1:9-14)

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

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for the example of Paul’s intercessory prayer in Colossians 1:9-14. This is a good prayer for me to use when praying for my children, grandchildren, loved ones, and friends. Thank you for my loved ones, because they are a real joy and blessing to me. I ask You to direct them not only to learn more about You, but to apply and live according to the insight You want to give them. Give them spiritual understanding about Your will for their life. Verse 9:For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.” May they comprehend that being able to fully understand God’s will and sense of direction is the most important undertaking for them.

I ask that You direct them to desire a quality of life that would be pleasing to You, and that they understand that they are an extension of Jesus’ life when He was here on earth. Verse 10a: That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work.” Teach them to joyfully live according to Your spiritual power and not try to do things in their own power. Verse 11: Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy.” Encourage them to daily practice verse 12:Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.

Show any of them who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ that this decision has to be made first in order for any of this prayer to work for them. Amen.

Urgent Prayer for the Aid Workers in the Ukraine and Russia War

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

All powerful Heavenly Father, I come in the Name of Your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to thank You for the promise in 1 John 4:4b. “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” It is very difficult to know just how to pray about this horrific war going on. I ask the Holy Spirit to take this prayer and present it to You in the correct form. Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Please put Your hand of protection upon all of the hundreds of humanitarian workers who are in danger as they aid thousands of refugees. Give the many who are sharing the Gospel the courage to continue doing that, as well as needed protection. Direct all the believers in Jesus Christ to gain strength and comfort from Isaiah 41:10 and Psalm 46:1. “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

I ask this same prayer for the thousands of Christians in Russia who are against the actions of this war and are concerned about civil war breaking out there. Many are having to hide from their own government amidst fear of what might happen to them. It is my desire for You to take full control of the government leaders in both countries and direct them to bring an end to the war. Thank you for inviting all of us to come to You for help in times of trouble. Amen.

2022 Easter Prayer: The Power of the Resurrection

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

All powerful Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, I thank You for Easter, one of the most miraculous and powerful events in the world, as recorded in Mathew 28:5-7. “But 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, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead.” 

Thank you that when I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior, You considered my sins to have died with Him, and I am no longer condemned. My salvation experience allowed me to become one with Him and have access to all that He is and can provide. I praise You for what is expressed in Galatians 2:20, that not only did I die to self through Christ, but that I was also raised with Him to now be able to live a Christian life. “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.” It is an awesome gift You have given me through the Holy Spirit to now have the same resurrection power that raised Jesus from the dead dwelling within me as I live my daily life. Direct me to be developing this relationship with You by reading Your Word and spending quiet time communicating with You in prayer.  

Revelation 5:12b “‘Worthy is the lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!'” Amen.           

P.S. Since Good Friday, Easter, and the resurrection are all about Jesus, if these events are not personal and real to you, we encourage you to go to the Salvation Tab on our blog and follow the steps to become a child of God through salvation.  

2022 Good Friday Prayer About the Cross (Based on John 19:17-18)

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

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for what Good Friday stands for: Jesus’ horrific death on the cross for my sins, and all the sins of the world. John 19:17-18And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center.” Forgive me for the times I would rather skip reading and meditating on that horrible day of suffering in Jesus’ life and read about the glorious day of Easter instead.

Good Friday is very critical in the whole Easter story. Without it, there would be no Easter. Direct me to understand the full meaning of what happened on both those days. 1 Corinthians 15:4And that He was buried, and He rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures.” It is a blessing that as much as our culture hates to hear about the cross and Jesus’ blood and what it stands for, it is still the only way of cleansing all the sin in this decadent world. Your Word (the Bible) makes it clear that it is the blood of the lamb (Jesus) that cleanses me from all sin. Thank you for the beautiful song, The Old Rugged Cross, that summarizes all that happened on Good Friday.

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross, the emblem of suffering and shame; and I love that old cross where the dearest and best, for a world of lost sinners was slain. In the old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine, a wonderous beauty I see; for it ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died, to pardon and sanctify me.”       

Thank you for the glory of next week, Easter and the Resurrection. Amen.

Prayer About the Blessing of Being a Child of the All-Knowing God (Based on Psalm 139:1-14)

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

All knowing Heavenly Father, I come before You through the Name of Your Son Jesus Christ to bring You praise and thanksgiving for Your ways of perfection and Your flawless plans. I stand in awe of You, that there is no knowledge or wisdom apart from You. You are the source of all knowledge and the center of all understanding. Thank you for the blessing of allowing me to know You on a personal level and for You knowing everything about me. Verses 1-2:O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.” It is awesome that You know me so well that You even know my thoughts and my words before they come out of my mouth.

As a person I look at the outward appearance, but You as God look at the inward parts of my mind and heart. Verse 4:For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.” Thank you for making it clear in Your Word (the Bible) that I didn’t just happen at birth. You had detailed plans for me way before I was born. Verses 13 and 16a:For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb…. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.

It is a great blessing that Your love for me transcends the bounds of time and space. What a privilege it is as a believer in Jesus Christ to be enveloped by Your love, not by the merits of what I have done, but what Christ has done on my behalf.

Thank you for this beautiful, comforting Scripture You have provided. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

The Blessing of Listening to and Obeying God’s Word

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

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank and praise You for the blessing, encouragement, direction, and power of Your Word (the Bible). It is a blessing that I have unlimited access and am able to read and hear from You through Your Word about the truth of Your Word for believers and unbelievers. As a believer in Jesus Christ, You promise to go before me in whatever situations I face. Psalm 119:105Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” It is like walking in the dark woods with a light shining in front of me to show me the way and point out any dangers ahead. 

Since all Scripture comes directly from You, direct me to diligently study all of Your Word and apply what I learn in my daily life. James 1:22But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” Thank you for the work and power of Your Word in my life at the time of my salvation and that I have been born again. It is the Word of God being planted in me when I came to saving faith in Christ that gives me a new life now and for eternity. 

Your Word is always used for the positive, and the Holy Spirit will continue to use it to develop me spiritually until I enter Heaven’s gates. 1 Peter 1:23 Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever.” It is the ultimate blessing to read and listen to Your Word and act accordingly because all good things flow from You, and You have revealed Yourself through Your Word. Thank you for the instructions You provide in the Bible on how to live the Christian life. 

I ask for those around the world who do not have the privilege of having a Bible, that You work in miraculous ways to provide them access to a Bible in their native language so that they may know You. Amen.       

An Urgent Message and Prayer for Loved Ones and Friends Who Need a Personal, Saving Relationship with Jesus Christ

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

After listening to a number of pastors like Dr. David Jeremiah preaching about the end times and seeing what is happening in the world, it looks like the time is very near. We have posted this prayer because there is an urgency to reach as many loved ones and friends as soon as possible with the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. They need to be ready for what is coming. 2 Timothy 3:1 “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come.”

Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to bring to You the names of the following people who are lost and need to invite Jesus Christ into their lives for salvation and eternity in Heaven: [insert names here]. In the powerful Name of Jesus, I ask that You tear down the works of Satan for the people on this list. Show them the destructiveness of false doctrine, unbelief, atheistic teaching, hatred, apathy, the love of the world, lust of the flesh, etc. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

I desire that You make clear to each person the true meaning of 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.” There is no other way to go to Heaven for eternity. I ask that You direct me to share the Gospel with them, or that You send a messenger who is a good witness for Jesus Christ – a person who can help them understand the process of salvation and how to become a child of God.

Jesus, thank you for giving Your life on the cross for salvation to all mankind and providing the joy of the Lord to all who accept and believe in You as their Savior. Amen.
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Intercessory Prayer for World Leaders During the Ukraine and Russia War

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

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, we come to You to thank You for intercessory prayer. We want to lift up to You the leaders of the world who are trying to solve this conflict. We ask for supernatural wisdom for the United States, Canada, Ukraine, European countries, the United Nations, and the NATO alliances. For all these leaders, we intercede with James 1:5a. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally.”  

For all those who are evil and under the control of Satan and are doing everything possible to make the situation even worse, we ask that You rebuke the evil one. 2 Corinthians 10:4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” In the meantime, we ask that You provide what is expressed in Hebrews 4:16 for all the innocent people on both sides of the conflict. “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

We come to You with this prayer because You are the only one who is all-powerful, all-wise, and everywhere present. Show us what we can be doing through prayer, giving, and encouragement to the missionaries and Christian organizations like Samaritan’s Purse who are trying to mitigate the suffering and pain. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.