God’s Interest in My Future

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Photo taken in Colorado.

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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Photo taken in Colorado.

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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Photo taken in Colorado.

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.

4th of July Prayer in Appreciation of Our Freedoms

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Photo taken in Nebraska.

Author: Elton Streyle, Photography and Editing: Ali

Heavenly Father, it is through the pure Name of Jesus that I come today to thank You for the opportunity to celebrate the amazing freedoms that You have bestowed on the United States. We have had the privilege to celebrate many 4th of Julys since the first one many years ago. Unfortunately, many in this country have turned from You and have instead turned to destructive ways. I am sorry that some are not showing any appreciation for the blessing of living in a free country.

In spite of all of this, You are still sustaining this country and its freedoms. We ask that You forgive us individually and as a nation for taking Your blessings for granted. Thank you that just as Israel had the opportunity to turn back to You, we in America also have the possibility of turning to turn from our wicked ways and return​ing to you.

Encourage us as a nation and individually to practice 2 Chronicles 7:14. “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Thank you for the joy of all the different aspects ​of celebrating with our family and friends this great freedom we have. Most of all, remind us often to give thanks to the One who provides everything we have. Lamentations 3:22-23 says “through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”

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

Loved by God

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

Loving and faithful Father, I thank you that every day I can rest on Your promise that You are never changing, always faithful, and loving. Despite my failures and shortcomings, Your love never wavers, falters or comes up short.

Your assurance that You will never leave or forsake me brings great peace and joy in my life. “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself2 Timothy 2:13. 

Lead me to comprehend and take seriously what it cost You for me to be able to have a wonderful love relationship with You. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5:8.

Direct me not to use Your grace and mercy as a means to simply do as I wish or as an excuse to sin. Rather, show me how to use it as a platform from which to extend Your hand to others. Teach me to trust in the same promise You gave Israel in Isaiah 43:2-3 when I go through difficult times. “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…”

May my experiences and actions be an example for others to see how You demonstrate Your love and faithfulness.

I bring these thoughts in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Father’s Day Prayer and Tribute

bikeLord almighty, I come to You through the Name of Your Son Jesus to praise You for the gift of our earthly fathers. Thank you for the leadership, courage and protection that our fathers provide and for the opportunity we have to honor them and appreciate all the work they have put into our lives. I praise You that there are fathers all across the country leading ​their families according to the Word of God. 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, for their own peace, to forgive him and cast all their past hurts onto Jesus. “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you1 Peter 5:7. For the fathers who have been hurt, I ask that You draw them to Yourself and restore their relationships with their children.

Thank you that no matter how much our earthly fathers have failed us, You will never fail us. Your Word tells us in Psalm 27:10 that “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, 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 we pray, Amen.