Overcoming the Feeling of Revenge When Hurt or Offended

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

Just Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to thank You for Your unlimited ability and willingness to guide me to overcome the pain from hurt and offenses. In Your Word, You tell me to give these feelings to You. Psalm 55:22 says “cast your burden on the LORD, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

I can rest assured that no evil or damaging act against me will ever go unnoticed or unpunished. Your wisdom and justice are far more effective than anything I can do. In fact, I ask that You direct me to accept that personal revenge is foolish when viewed in light of Your wisdom and awesome power. Thank you for the peace I can have by doing what You suggest in Romans 12:19. “Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.“‘

In the meantime, since You have said that You will provide justice for all that are opposed to me, teach me to love my enemies and not wish any harm upon them. Show me how to love as You love, leaving revenge and retribution to You. As hard as it may be, will You direct me to have Luke 6:27-28 be a reality in my life. Jesus said, “but I say to you who hear: love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.

Thank you that I can bring these concerns to You in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Giving All Our Burdens to the Lord

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

Heavenly Father, I come in Your Son’s Name to thank You for being all-powerful, all-knowing, everywhere present, unchanging, and merciful. I am humbled that I can bring all my anxieties and burdens to you to be resolved. “Cast your burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain you; He shall never allow the righteous to be moved” Psalm 55:22. 

Direct me to understand and live the instructions that You have put in the Bible as to how to deal with the problems and difficulties of life. Your Word declares in 1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” If I am carrying any burdens from the past which I can do nothing about, or worrying about ones that may arise in the future, show them to me and direct me to do what these verses tell me to do: give them all to Jesus.

Pause for a few moments and ask the Lord to show you anything that is taking away your peace and joy and pray something like this:

Father, I now give to You this list of internal and external concerns that I am carrying today… Thank you for the promises and encouragement in the following song:

All Your Anxiety by Lieut. Col. E.H. Joy

Is there a heart bound by sorrow? 

Is there a life weighted down by care?

Come to the Cross each burden bearing, all your anxiety, leave it there.

All your anxiety all your care, bring to the Mercy Seat, leave it there.

Never a burden He cannot bear, never a friend like Jesus.

I bring this prayer in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Using the Armor of God in the Battle Against the Schemes of the Enemy

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

All Powerful Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to ask You to direct me to comprehend that human strength is totally inadequate to resist Satan’s attacks. Your power is all I need for complete protection. Show me if there are any weaknesses in my armor where the enemy can get through. Give me wisdom and power to respond effectively to the enemy when I am tempted by His wicked ways. “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 devilEphesians 6: 10-11. Thank you for giving me, as a believer in Jesus Christ, the following armor:

The Helmet of Salvation, which protects my mind from doubting and gives assurance of God’s saving work. “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting lifeJohn 3:16.

The Breastplate of Righteousness, which is the protection of my inner being of self-worth, emotions and mental make up. “My times are in Your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies, and those who persecute me, make Your face shine upon Your servant Psalm 31:15-16a.

The Belt of Truth, which allows me to discern the truth from the lies of Satan. “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free‘” John 8:31-32.

The Shield of Faith, which gives me the perspective to see beyond circumstances and know that ultimate victory will come. “Call to me, and I will answer you , and show you great and mighty things which you do not knowJeremiah 33:3.

The Sword of the Spirit (the Word of God), which I can use when I need to take ​up the offense against the temptations Satan lays before me. “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heartHebrews 4:12.

The Feet of the Gospel, which gives me readiness to help spread the good news of the Gospel around the world. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded youMatthew 28:19-20a.

Thank you for all of this armor and the promise in Isaiah 41:10. “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

Thank you for the privilege of communicating with You.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

God’s Interest in My Future

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

All-knowing heavenly Father, I come to You through the Name of Jesus to thank You for the promise in Your Word that You have full and total control of my life. You say in Jeremiah 29:11, ‘”For I know the plans I have for You,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (NIV). I know and trust that Your ways are perfect and so much more complete than my own. There are often things in my life that I don’t understand, yet I know that Your plan never fails or changes. You knew the path of my life before I was even born.

Because of these truths, I ask that You give me Your eyes and Your heart. Give me the peace to know that I can, “cast all [my] anxieties on [You] because [You] care for me1 Peter 5:7 (ESV).

Pause to give the Lord all Your anxieties and burdens.

I ask that the process of giving these burdens to You be a daily one and not just happen when all else has failed. With all the chaos and uncertainty in the world, thank you for the peace and comfort conveyed in the following quote: “I don’t know what the future holds, but I know Who holds the future” ~Anonymous.

I bring this all in the Name of Jesus, Amen.

God as Counselor

 

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

Almighty and wise counselor, I come to You in Jesus’ Name. As a believer in Jesus Christ, I thank You for living within me through the Holy Spirit ​and for the wise counsel you offer through Jesus. ​In Colossians 2:3, Jesus ​is described as the One “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
Forgive me for the times when my mind gets so caught up in the need to make decisions that I go to friends and family members for council instead of coming to You, the most important advisor. Direct me to come to You first and base my decisions on Your wisdom rather than on worldly insights.
Give me discernment to know that sometimes You use other people to show me what and how You want something accomplished in my life. “Where there is no counsel,  the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety” Proverbs 11:14.
I recognize my need to depend on You. I ask You to continue to shape and mold me into the person You created me to be. Direct me to always do like the children of Israel did when they were in difficult situations: “then the children of Israel arose and went up to the house of God to inquire of God…”  Judges 20:18.
Thank you for Your ever present hand in every situation in my life, and for allowing me to bring this prayer in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer in Extreme Circumstances: A Prayer Based on Proverbs 3:5-6

 

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

 

Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to thank You for inviting me to practice Proverbs 3:5-6Trust in the LORD with all your heart (vs. 5a). It is with love that I come to You to ask You to direct me in getting my mind off of my situation and on to You, all-loving God.

And Lean not on your own understanding (vs. 5b). As I look around and think about it, there is no other place to turn ​but to You. All human solutions ​to my problems are inadequate. I turn to You because I believe that what You tell me in Your Word, the Bible, is true. In Mark 10:27 You are shown to be all-powerful. “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.” In Psalm 139:1-2 You tell me that You are all-knowing and everywhere present. “O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.

In all your ways acknowledge Him (vs. 6a). In this specific situation I come to You, resting in what You tell me to do in Jeremiah 33:3. “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.

And He will direct your path” (vs. 6b). In closing I am going to put my trust in Your promise in Psalm 50:15.”Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.

Thank you for allowing me to bring this prayer in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

A Prayer for the New School Year

 

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

 

Heavenly Father, I come to You through the all-powerful Name of Jesus to thank you for this time of the year when many young people are going back to school. We want to bring to You all our loved ones and friends who will be in school. I ask You to give the young people the ability to comprehend what is being taught. I ask that You give them discernment and wisdom to know when something is being shared that is not in agreement with the teaching in Your Word. James 1:5 says, “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. 

In the school environment we have today, I ask that You put a hedge of protection around the students and the teachers to keep them safe from the ways of the evil one. I ask for what Jesus said: “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one” John 17:15.

As these young people face the many temptations in school, encourage them to daily spend time in Your Word for direction and guidance. 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.” I especially ask that if any do not have a relationship with Jesus as their Savior that You would direct them to make that the highest priority this year.

I bring these thoughts in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Overcoming the Destruction of Pride

 

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

Lord, I come to You today through the holy, blameless name of Jesus. Thank you for the information in Your Word about what pride is and the devastating effect it can have on a person. “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fallProverbs 16:18.
Direct me to always be aware of ​my tendency to take credit for the many things You do for me. I know that nothing good can come from a prideful heart and attitude. Due to the fact that pride is involved in most sin, I ask You to apply Psalm 139:23-24 to me to ​destroy the roots of ​my sin. Give me the courage to  ask for the forgiveness and cleansing that is needed. “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.
Direct me to be constantly aware of the worldly idea of self reliance​, and keep me from it. Instead, keep me leaning on You.
Show me how to make the message of the following song a reality in my life:
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
by Elisha Hoffman
What a fellowship, what a joy divine, leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace of mind leaning on the everlasting arms.
O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way, leaning on the everlasting arms.
O how bright the path grows from day to day, leaning on the everlasting arms.
What have I to dread, what have I to fear, leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near, leaning on the everlasting arms.
Thank you for allowing me to bring this prayer in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer Based on Psalm 23

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

Loving Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to thank You for the peace, comfort and joy that I can gain from this Psalm. You promise all-encompassing provision in my life and that I will lack nothing. “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

I ask You to guide me along the right path, to provide me with comfort and refreshment. In Your Name is where I can find peace, joy and a more fulfilled life. “He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”

It is such a blessing that no matter what destruction and chaos the evil one will bring my way, I do not need to fear because I know that You are with me ​and Your protection is unfailing. This continually brings me comfort. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

I appreciate the fact that wherever I am, You provide and bless me beyond what I could ever understand. “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.”

Thank you that I can know that Your goodness and love towards me will never end. When You call me home I will join You in glory, praising Your Name forever and ever. “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Direct my relationship with You ​to be like ​that of a sheep to his shepherd, ​where I rely on You in total trust for everything in ​my life at all times.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Being Obedient to God

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

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, I thank You for the fact that as Christ lived in obedience to the Father, I too can firmly trust You by faith to enable me to live a life of love and obedience. “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His Love.” John 15:10

Therefore, since obedience is such a key towards great blessing in my life, I ask You to guide me in the following areas:

HEART: That I will be able to love You more than any other relationship, activity or possession.

WILL: That I will be able to commit myself completely to You.

MIND: That I will know and understand Your Word, so that it affects everything I think and do.

BODY: That I will be appreciative for You giving me all my strengths and abilities for work, pleasure, and fulfillment.

MONEY: That I will use it wisely for my physical needs and for the development of Your Kingdom.

FUTURE: Show me how to be obedient to Your Holy Word because the long-term rewards of obeying You are greater than anything else in the world.

Father, thank you for Your Holy Word giving me lessons from the past, instructions for the present and information about the future. “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” John 6:63. Guide my life to bring glory to You, for You deserve all the glory.

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