Thanks and Praise to God for What the Names of Jesus Represent

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

Heavenly Father, I come in the Name of your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to thank You for describing Jesus’ attributes by the Names that He is called in the Bible. All of the Names represent who He is and what He is doing. One of the most critical Names that I am grateful for is what His resurrection means and that He has power over death. Jesus said in John 11:25b, “‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.‘”

Another Name that is a blessing for believers is where You, Jesus, describe yourself as a Vine. You make it clear that without a good relationship with You, we accomplish nothing. We have to be completely dependent on You for spiritual life. John 15:5I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” Thank you for this Name used for Jesus that is simple and easy to relate to.

You also call Yourself “the Bread of Life.” Just as I eat bread to take care of my physical hunger, You invite me to have a daily walk with You to sustain my spiritual life. John 6:35And Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.’

It is a blessing as I walk through this dark world, that just as in the Old Testament when the pillar of fire represented God’s presence, protection, and guidance, You (Jesus) represent these same attributes for me today. John 8:12Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.

Thank you for the powerful messages represented in these Names, as well as many others in the Bible. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

P.S. These prayers will only work if you have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. If you need help understanding God’s plan of salvation for you (the way to heaven), go to this page on our site: https://timewithourcreator.com/2016/06/02/salvation/

Prayer About Jesus as the Way, the Truth, and the Life (Based on John 14:6)

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Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ powerful Name to thank You for His sacrifice on the cross for me. Thank you that He rose again on the third day and washed me clean from my sin, freeing me from being enslaved to it. Romans 6:6-7 Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin.

You promise in John 8:32 that You will allow me to know and understand Your truth. “‘And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. You make Your truth clear in Your Word, the Bible, especially the truth of salvation in Christ alone through faith alone. John 14:6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’

Through Your Son, You have bridged the gap between my sin and Your holiness. Ephesians 2:13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” This grace is not limited to select groups of people, but is available as a free gift to all who accept it. Direct me to never lose sight of Jesus as the way, the truth, the life, and reassurance of my salvation. Thank you that all who have not accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior can do so freely. Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

P.S. If you need help understanding God’s plan of salvation for you (the way to Heaven), go to this page on our site: https://timewithourcreator.com/2016/06/02/salvation/

Prayer for Doing Difficult Tasks (Based on the Book of Nehemiah)

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

Heavenly Father, in the Lord Jesus’ Name, I thank You for providing in the Bible the example of Nehemiah’s prayer life. He accomplished something that seemed like an impossible task. He prayed 11 times and was successful with answers for building the wall in 52 days. This is a good example for me to see what can be done when God is directing those who honor Him. The first lesson shown is that after Nehemiah saw the stress and devastation his people went through, he didn’t just got to work with his own abilities and skills, but he developed a prayerful and deliberate plan for rebuilding the wall. He set everything else aside to spend time with God for direction and wisdom. Nehemiah 1:4So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.” 

You make it clear in another of his prayers that Nehemiah was sensitive to the fact that sin had to be confessed before expecting God to work.  Nehemiah 1:6…I pray before You now, day and night, for the children of Israel Your servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel which we have sinned against You. Both my father’s house and I have sinned.” 

Thank you for sharing Nehemiah’s eight examples of spontaneous, emergency telegram prayers to Heaven, which he was able to use because he had earlier established a close relationship with You in extended prayer. For example, in Nehemiah 2:4, “Then the King said to me, “What do you request?” So I prayed to the God of heaven” (emphasis added). He needed an immediate answer. 

It is a blessing that You recorded the examples of Nehemiah’s prayers, consisting of praise, thanksgiving, repentance, specific requests, and commitment. Direct me to develop and follow the pattern of his praying. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.  

God’s Instruction for Christian Living Expressed by Paul (Based on Colossians 3:12-17)

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

All wise Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus Christ to give You thanks for instructing me on how to live as a follower of Jesus Christ.  You make it very clear in this portion of Scripture that I need to have a forgiving spirit toward anyone who has wronged me. Direct me to forgive in light of Your Son’s ultimate sacrifice on the cross for my sins.  Thank you for providing Your Son as a living symbol of Your unlimited forgiveness. Verse 13: “Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.” 

Direct me to draw my attention to Your Word and allow You to teach and shape me into the vessel You want me to be. Verse 16: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Above all else, show me how to meet the needs of brothers and sisters in Christ with an attitude of love. You want me to work together with other believers for Your honor and glory, regardless of our differences of opinion at times. Verse 14: “But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.” Lord, it is such a blessing that I do not have to figure out on my own how to live the Christian life, but can do it by the direction of Your Word.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.  

Prayer About God Filling Our Emptiness

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

Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of my Lord Jesus Christ to thank You for how You fill me with spiritual blessings. Romans 15:13Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Even from the beginning of creation, You filled the earth with all that we have. Thank you for the ultimate filling You provide for all who accept Jesus Christ for salvation. John 1:16-17And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

It is a blessing to see in the New Testament that Jesus’ attitude was to fill people with good deeds. When Peter was not catching any fish, You told him what to do and he caught many. Luke 5:6And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking.” When food was needed at the Passover feast, Jesus took care of that need too. Matthew 15:36And He [Jesus] took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude.

Since Jesus is still in the business of filling emptiness with Himself, direct me to be open to all that He has for me. It is a great blessing to be filled with Your Word, Spirit, truth, and the ways of Jesus’ very life. Open my ears to hear You clearly as You guide me in all my decisions. Show me how to always put You first and do away with the activities that weaken my relationship with You.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

God’s Great Action of Love and Encouragement for His Children (Based on Psalm 103)

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

Loving Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for the love and encouragement You show to all of us who are born again believers in Jesus Christ. As I look at all that You have done and are doing, I see the awesome God You are. At times when I get concerned or discouraged, direct me to look at David’s list in this Psalm of what he praised God for, and encourage me to do the same to get my mind focused on You. Verses 3-6: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. The LORD executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.Verse 8a: “The LORD is merciful and gracious.” 

It is a blessing to receive all of what is expressed in these verses when I do not deserve any of it. Thank you for the promise in verse 10. “He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities.” What an encouragement it is to know that Your love for me is not based on my actions, but that You give grace for my shortcomings. I ask that You continue to give me more of an understanding of Your mercy and grace, and in turn, a respect for all that You are. Verse 17a:But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him.” The message in this Psalm shows that You have unlimited power over everything. Therefore, direct me to realize that You are sufficient to control all of my life if I am willing.   

In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Prayer About Looking at the 10 Commandments Through the Eyes of God’s Love (Based on Exodus 20)

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

Loving heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for the Ten Commandments in Your Word, the Bible, and for giving these instructions for Your children to develop a righteous life.  It is a blessing that You make it clear that living by the Commandments has nothing to do with salvation, the way to Heaven, but everything to do with developing a godly life. Salvation is explained in 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.” 

Probably the most important Commandment is the one that teaches me not to worship any other God than You, the one and only true God. Exodus 20:3-4You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image – any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.” Thank you that, because of Your love for Israel, You shared these commandments with them through Moses.  Now, because of Your love for me, and through the grace provided by Jesus Christ, I can follow these same principles to live a life that will bring freedom, personal growth, and many other spiritual blessings.

Since the Commandments come from Your love and can be held as ideals even if they can’t be perfectly obeyed, direct me to read and use them as a guide for living. This will be a good check to see how I am doing with how You want me to live. If I am failing in practicing any of Your guidelines, direct me to do whatever it takes to get back on track, even if it involves forgiveness and repentance. Thank you that all Your commandments and instructions are because of Your gift of love and protection for me.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer About God’s Protection and Peace (Based on Psalm 4)

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

Compassionate Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, humble and grateful that I can find rest in Your arms. Thank you that like David, I can speak to You directly and know that You are always willing to listen and take my burdens in time of distress. Verse 1: “Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.” It is a blessing to have confidence that by walking with You, You will go before me to clear my path and be behind me to catch me when I stumble and fall. It is a great privilege to have the assurance of Your constant love. 

Direct me to always look at my problems through the lens of Your power and not with an emphasis on my situation. Verse 3: “But know that the LORD has set apart for Himself who is godly; the LORD will hear when I call to Him.” Thank you for the encouragement in verse 8 that You are the sole source of my comfort and rest. I cannot find peace through any other means but the rest that comes through knowing that You are good and in control of the entire universe. Verse 8: “I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

Show me the difference between real inward joy, which comes from a genuine, trusting relationship with You, and happiness, which comes from outward circumstances that are pleasing. In most situations happiness is temporary, but joy produces permanence. Verse 7a: “You have put gladness in my heart.”   

In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Prayer for Times When You’re Feeling Down and Discouraged (Based on Psalm 143)

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

Compassionate Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for this prayer example of David during his time of hopelessness and discouragement. Like David, I am saddened by the evil and brokenness in the world.  In my time of need, I ask for what David expressed in verse 7.  “Answer me speedily, O LORD; my spirit fails! Do not hide your face from me, lest I be like those who go down into the pit.

I ask You to teach me to pray like David did in this Psalm during difficult and down times. Show me how to fit my prayers into what I know is consistent with Your attributes and plans. Direct me to recall and think about You and all You have done to take care of me in the past.  Verse 5-6I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works; I muse [meditate] on the work of Your hands. I spread out my hands to You; my soul longs for You like a thirsty land.” 

I know that when I am discouraged, only You can provide the comfort that I seek.  Rescue me from any enemies, for I hide myself in You. Verse 9Deliver me, O LORD, from my enemies; in You I take shelter.” Like David, I need Your guidance and the Holy Spirit to teach me in all truth about how to depend on Your sufficient grace to help me in times of need.  Thank you that if I ask, I can be assured that You will lead me in the path of perfect peace. Verse 10Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the path of uprightness.” Refine my desires through the trials of life, and always redirect me toward Your will.  Even though I may not understand my suffering and distress now, I trust in Your perfect plan, and I submit myself to Your perfect will. 

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.     

Prayer About Overcoming Feelings of Inadequacy (Based on Exodus 4:10-13)

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

Heavenly Father, I come to You in Your Son’s Name to thank You for Your wisdom in including stories in the Bible that deal with human inadequacy and how it makes room for You to display Your glory and strength. The stories of Mary, Gideon, Esther, Moses, and others come to mind. When You called Moses to speak to Pharaoh on behalf of the Israelites, he protested in Exodus 4:10, ‘”O my Lord, I am not eloquent…I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” I confess that this is often my response as well. I feel inadequate to fulfill the purposes You have laid out for me, and I tell You all the reasons I can’t do what You have called me to do instead of trusting You.

It is encouraging that for every story of human inadequacy in Your Word, You follow it up with a reminder of Your own adequacy and care for Your people. After Gideon questions how he can defeat the Midianites with his pitiful strength, You reassure Him in Judges 6:16b, “surely I will be with you…” You said a similar thing to Moses in Exodus 4:12. “Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.

Thank you that You choose to use me in spite of my shortcomings, and for Your promise to be with me in every situation. I do not have to worry about being adequate, because as 2 Corinthians 3:1-6 says, it is “not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God.” Direct me, like the people in the Bible, to trust that You will give me the strength and skillsets necessary to accomplish whatever You call me to do. Remind me that, as Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” In Jesus’ Name, Amen.