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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Photo taken in Colorado.

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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Photo taken in Colorado.

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.

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.