Prayer from Psalm 32 About the Blessing of a Pure Heart

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

Forgiving Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, I thank you for the opportunity to come to You for forgiveness and cleansing. I was covered in sin, but Your Son Jesus Christ, by dying on the cross, shedding His blood, and rising from death, has washed me and given me an eternal home in Heaven.

Until my entrance into Heaven, You daily forgive me of my sin as needed so that I can have the joy of a pure heart. Psalm 32:1-2Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

As the Protector and Deliverer of my heart from the evil one, teach me to be receptive and sensitive to my need for the immediate confession and repentance of any sin that touches my life. It is a great blessing from You that, like David in the Bible, I have the opportunity to put my sin behind me. Psalm 32:5I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.

Direct me to always be reminded of the serious, damaging affect that sin has on my relationship with You. In fact, You tell me in Psalm 66:18 that if I do not take care of my sin, You do not hear me. “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.

My desire is to do whatever is necessary to deal with my sin so that I can accept Your longing to guide me with love and wisdom. Psalm 32:8I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.

In Jesus’ Name, thank you for the privilege of being able to have a pure heart and mind. Amen.

2020 Thanksgiving Prayer

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

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to pray about the theme of Thanksgiving. I thank You for all the normal blessings of food, loved ones, friends, health, etc. However, this Thanksgiving, I want to focus my praise and thanksgiving on items that only You have done and are doing. My ultimate praise and thanksgiving is for my salvation from death and the gift eternal life.

All the many wonderful blessings promised in Your Word (the Bible) are only available to me because of my response to John 5:24. Jesus said: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgement, but has passed from death into life.

What a blessing it is to know that when I get up in the morning, You are waiting, willing and able to take me through every situation in my life. Lamentations 3:22-23Through 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 as I live this life with its disappointments and struggles, as a child of Yours, none of these things are a waste or a surprise to You. You are loving, sovereign, all powerful, everywhere present, and You have everything work together for my good. Romans 8:28And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Thank you that Your well never runs dry. 2 Corinthians 12:9My grace is sufficient for you.” Thank you for the blessing and peace of forgiveness of sin. 1 John 1:9If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Since this is only a fraction of who You are and what You do, I ask You to direct me to practice more of Ephesians 5:20 in the coming year. “Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Amen.

The Believer’s Gift of God’s Righteousness Through Jesus Christ

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

Righteous Heavenly Father, I come in Your Son’s Name to thank and praise You that it is through Jesus alone that I am made righteous in Your sight. He met me right where I was and redeemed me from the pit of Hell. He gifted me with His righteousness with no limitations. Philippians 3:9And be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith.

The world tells me that I need to help myself and pull myself up by my bootstraps. Forgive me and correct me when I begin to adopt that attitude in my walk with You.

It is a great blessing that You tell me in Your Word, the Bible, that by Your grace, wisdom, and sanctification I can continually grow in the righteousness that started at the time of my salvation. 2 Timothy 3:16All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

It is a great blessing to know that I can trust in Your righteousness and that it will never change or wear out. Psalm 111:3His work is honorable and glorious, and His righteousness endures forever.

Direct me to recognize and accept my inability to help myself and my desperate need for You to lift me up and sustain me. Psalm 55:22Cast your burdens on the LORD, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

Thank you, in the glorious, redeeming Name of Jesus. Amen.

Prayer About God’s Enabling Grace in Difficult Times

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Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, I thank You that as a believer in Jesus’ Christ, I can come to Your throne of grace. Direct me to approach You with the praise and honor You deserve ​for being my Savior, Good Shepherd, the Way and the Truth of Life, the Light of the World, and many other great attributes. 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.

It is a great blessing to have the grace that You provide for me through the atoning death and resurrection of Your Son, Jesus. It is what enables me to depart from a life of sin and shame and step into a life of abundance and love with you. Like Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9, teach me to recognize my limitations and turn to You for direction. This will also allow You to develop Christian character in me. Jesus said to Paul: “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.

Encourage me to have the same attitude Paul had in 2 Corinthians 12:9b. “Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” Since You are not surprised with any situation in my life and are in control, direct me not to be surprised and try to be in control myself. Remind me to constantly live out of a place of gratitude and praise for Your loving, merciful, and great grace.

In Jesus’ Name, may You be honored with each day of my life. Amen.

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Prayer Based on Psalm 25 About Seeking God’s Guidance

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

All wise Heavenly Father, I come before You in Jesus’ Name to give You thanks for the privilege of trusting in You for every situation in life. I believe what You tell me in Your Word (the Bible), that You are the giver of wisdom and that it is wise for me to seek and live by it.

As David did, direct me to comprehend that You have unlimited power and unrestrained authority over all creation and every individual. Verse 6: “Remember, O LORD, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses, for they are from of old.

In light of who You are, I ask that You enlighten me in what is expressed in verse 4: “Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths.” Since I live in a sinful world, being bombarded daily with messages that seek to push me to go my own way, remind me often to look to the truth in verse 14. “The secret of the LORD is with those who fear [respect] Him, and He will show them His covenant.

I know that You have great plans to grow and prosper Your kingdom and glory through each believer. Give me a desire to be a part of that mission and enable me to do whatever part You have for me.

It is a great blessing that You offer to take the worst situation and turn it into something beautiful and positive. Encourage me to do and ask like David did in verses 15 and 16a. “My eyes are ever toward the LORD, for He shall pluck my feet out of the net. Turn Yourself to me, and have mercy on me.

In Jesus’ Name, I chose to take refuge in You and You alone to guide me. Amen.

Praying for Fellow Believers Using God’s Word


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This prayer is an example of using portions of Paul’s prayers in Philippians 1:3-11 and Colossians 1:3-12 for intercessory prayer for others. Think of others as you pray…

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name I thank You for my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and for the unifying spirit that You create between those who love and follow You. Philippians 1:3-5I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now.

Since the Christian life is based on a correct understanding of Your Word the Bible, I pray Philippians 1:9 for ​my fellow believers: “and this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment.” Your Scriptures in the Bible make it clear that You continually want to shape and mold Your children to be more like You and reflect Your love to the world. Therefore, I ask for the following believers, ____ (insert names here) Philippians 1:10-11. “That you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

As followers of Yours, I ask for myself and those I am interceding for ​to experience the message of Colossians 1:11. Direct us to be “strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy.” I ask that You teach me how to best love others and lift them up to You in prayer.

In Jesus’ Name, thank you for the role that fellow Christ followers have played in the development of my walk with You. Amen.

Prayer for the 2020 Election

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

All-powerful and wise Heavenly Father, we come in Jesus’ Name as we approach the upcoming election, being reminded of 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.” I realize that this verse in the Old Testament was referring to Israel, but many of the truths in it are applicable to America today.

As Your children, remind us daily that it is our responsibility to cry out to You and seek Your face, both individually and as a nation. We need to constantly seek forgiveness from our wicked ways. This could be the most important election in the history of our country in order for us to keep the freedoms we enjoy. You tell us in James 1:5, “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 light of this verse, we ask that You will give us an understanding in this coming election that there is no perfect candidate running and that there never has been and never will be. The only perfect ​ruler is Jesus and He is in Heaven. Direct us to look at the positions of each candidate and make wise decisions as we vote. Show us how to base our decisions not on the superficial, but on the biblical principles you lay out in your Word.

Thank you for allowing us to have a free nation so that we can have a part in selecting our leaders and approving some of the laws of our land. We ask that You pour out Your mercy and grace on our country so that we can continue to be blessed as “America the Beautiful.” No matter what the result ends up being, remind us that You are still on the throne. Let us not forget the truth found in Psalm 34:7The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them” (NIV).​ We bring this request in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer Points for Drawing Close to God Based on James 4:7-12

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

All powerful and compassionate Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus who shed His blood on the cross for my sin. Thank you that in many places in the Scriptures, You show that You want to have a close relationship with me. You tell me in James 4:7-12 what I need to do to have that relationship.

First and most importantly, You want me to be near to You. For that to happen, You want my mind and heart to be clean. I know that this is impossible in my own strength, therefore I look to You for cleansing. Verse 8Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded.

It is a blessing to know that Satan’s power is no match for You as he frequently tries to win me over to his lies and evil causes. Your answer for dealing with him is expressed for me in verse 7. “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and He will flee from you.” I realize that this can only be done through the power of You Word, so please direct me to the Scriptures in the Bible to accomplish this.  Psalm 119:18Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law.

Make me sensitive and aware of the effect that pride has in my relationship and communication with You, as well as with my brothers and sisters in Christ. Verse 10-11aHumble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. Do not speak evil of one another, brethren.

Thank you that in spite of my human shortcomings You reach out in love and give me worth and dignity. You give me power through Your Word and prayer to be able to communicate with You and receive Your love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

God, Our Burden Bearer

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

Burden bearing Heavenly Father, I come in the name of Jesus my Savior to thank and praise You for the comfort and freedom I can find in Your love. You graciously tell me to cast all of my burdens and troubles on You. It is a great blessing that You promise to sustain me in all situations. Psalm 55:22Cast your burden on the LORD, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

It is during my shortcomings and failures that ​I become the platform from which Your grace and perfection shine. You are the only one who can increase the strength of the weak and give power to the powerless. It is wonderful that You are never too tired or too busy to listen and help. Isaiah 40:28b-29The Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength.

Direct me to remember the fact that I completely trusted in You for my salvation, ​so there’s no reason why I should doubt that You can handle my day to day needs. According to Your Word (the Bible) it certainly is not part of Your character to bring me this far in life, then just leave me on my own.

Remind me always to look to You for comfort and direction in hard times and not to turn to the ways of the world. In Matthew 11:28 Jesus said, “come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

I praise You, Lord, that each morning, if I am willing to ask and accept it, You will send the strength for the day. It is as sure as the sunrise. Lamentations 3:22-23Through the LORD’S mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” Amen.

Prayer About Jesus Christ, the Victor Over Satan

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

All powerful Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for the sacrifice Your Son made on the cross on my behalf. This allowed me to be washed by His blood and gives me an opportunity to be in Your presence and to share in the victory of Jesus Christ over Satan.

Colossians 1:12-14Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

Living in this chaotic world with evil and sin all around, it is a great privilege to know that there is nothing that can conquer You, and that Jesus has overcome the world.

Jesus, because of my born again relationship with You, ​and Your gift of the Holy Spirit dwelling within me, I can rely on Your promise in 1 John 4:4. “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in You is greater than he [Satan] who is in the world.

Direct me to constantly open my eyes to see that Your gift of salvation changes everything for me. You have given me purpose, power, and protection through Your work on the cross. Have this truth filter into every part of my life. You are my hope and light. Since Your victory over Satan is the greatest news the earth has ever heard, give me the courage and wisdom to share that news to those around me who are still lost and need You.

In Jesus’ Name, thank you for Your Word, the Bible, that explains all of this good news. Amen.