Prayer on Psalm 1: The Way of the Righteous vs. the Way of the Ungodly

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

Just Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ precious Name, thank you for Your Word (the Bible) and the truth in it. You make it very clear in Psalm 1 that there are only two roads I can travel: the way of the righteous or the way of the ungodly.

Verse 1Blessed is the man who walks not in the council of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.Verse 4The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.

Thank you that regardless of the situations I face as a believer, my salvation is secure. John 3:15That whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

In regard to verse 2, I ask You to well up in me a deep desire to study and know Your Word and make it a delight. Give me the strength and the will to meditate on Your Word and to be counted among the righteous in Your sight. The more I know and understand Your Word, the more wisdom I will have to base my daily decisions and life on. Verse 2But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.

Remind me often about the seriousness of sharing the Gospel with unbelievers. Your Word describes their future as very devastating ​if they do not turn to You. Verse 6For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

In Jesus’ Name, thank you for making it very easy, in Your Word, to understand what kind of life you want me to live as a Christian, and that You want to watch over all aspects of my life. Amen.

Prayer About Living in Anticipation of Jesus Christ’s Return

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

Merciful Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for all the information in Your Word, the Bible, about Jesus’ return to earth. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”

I wait with eager anticipation for that day when You make everything perfect and deliver me from the work of the evil one. What a beautiful day that will be, to see Jesus face to face and be swept into His loving arms.

Direct me to be watchful and ready at all times for His return, because no one knows the day or the time. Matthew 24:36 Jesus said, “but of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”

While waiting for Jesus to arrive, direct me to have my lamps burning and serve You. Give me the strength and wisdom to make this time before Jesus returns effective for Your kingdom. I know You want me to do what I can to invite as many people as possible into the family of God by having them accept Jesus Christ into their life. 1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

Thank You for the great comfort found in the knowledge of Jesus’ second coming. To You God, be the glory for what You have done, are doing, and will do. In Jesus’ name, Amen

Back to School Prayer with Coronavirus Concerns

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

All powerful and wise Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus Name to thank You that there is nothing that You are not aware and in control of, including the coronavirus. Revelation 1:8 ‘”I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.“‘

I ask that You give supernatural wisdom to school boards, administrators , teachers, and janitors on how to keep their schools free of the virus. (Name a specific school or schools.) James 1:5If 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.

Put a hedge of protection around the students and teachers to protect them from the virus in whatever situation they are in. (Name students and teachers you know.) Psalm 91:11-12For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.

Since these are very difficult and anxious times for many parents, I ask that You will encourage them to act on 1 Peter 5:7. “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

For any students, teachers, or parents who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus as their Savior, direct them to make that their highest priority this school year. John 3:17For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” Thank you for Your peace in the midst of chaos. Amen.

Prayer About the Power of Praise by a Christian

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

Praiseworthy Heavenly Father, I come to bring You praise through the Name of Your Son. Thank you that I have the privilege to humbly bow before Your presence and proclaim that You are Lord over all. You reign high above all and no one compares to You.

You made me with the intent ​of having a worship experience with You through praise. You say in Your Word, the Bible, in Psalm 145:3, “great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable.

You want me to praise You for my spiritual development, not because You need my praise. Psalm 100:4Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him and bless His name.

Thank you that if I get off the road of faith and onto the road of discouragement, focusing on praising You will help get me back on the right track.

It is a blessing that even in my hardest times and difficult situations, You encourage me to continue to spend time in praise centered on Your holy and perfect attributes. As hard as that may seem, it is a way that You refocus my heart and mind on Your love and goodness.

Direct me to always reflect on Romans 8:28 as one of the reasons to praise You because ultimately, “we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

In Jesus Name, I ask You to direct me to have the strength to praise You in all circumstances so I can build a solid confidence in You like Paul expressed in Philippians 4:13. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Amen.

Prayer on 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22 Characteristics for Living an Encouraging Life

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

Heavenly Father, I come before Your glorious throne today in Jesus’ Name to give You praise and thanks for the life You have offered me to live in a way encouraging to others. You have given me an opportunity to rid myself of my old, tattered, sinful ways and accept the perfection of Jesus Christ as my own.

It is not always easy to be an encouraging person, but thank you for Your instruction in the Bible in 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22. This scripture gives me a beautiful picture of what life should look like in the Christian community. Lead me into patience and encouragement for those who are weak and fainthearted.

Verse 14:Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.” Give me a heart to not seek revenge, but rather to do good to others in love. Verse 15:See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.

Your Word has a lot to say about the work of the Holy Spirit in a Christian’s life. Therefore, direct me to cooperate with Him in whatever He wants to accomplish in and through me. Zechariah 4:6b‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit.’Verse 19:Do not quench the Spirit.

Develop in me a sensitivity about how my life will affect those in my personal family as well as those in the Christian community. Direct me to fulfill the point raised in verse 22. “Abstain from the appearance of evil” (KJV).

In order to practice all that You have laid out in these verses, develop in me the attitude of verse 17, “pray without ceasing,” and verse 16, “rejoice always.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer About the Two Greatest Changes When Becoming a Christian

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

Gracious Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for the great blessing of salvation which gives me a home in heaven eternally. In John 3:15 Jesus said “that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

It has been a huge blessing and complete change for me when You saved me and did for me what You promised Israel in the Old Testament in Ezekiel 36:27a. “I will put My Spirit within you.” The indwelling of the Spirit has allowed me to have the Holy Spirit as my helper, guide in all truth, and a source of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, self control, wisdom, and power.

It is such a joy to see the effect that the power of Your Word has on my life. It has given me instruction on how to be saved and now, if I allow it, it will sanctify, instruct, and direct every phase of my life until I enter Heaven’s doors. Psalm 119:105Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Thank You that as a child of Yours, I can come to the place where all answers can be found. Hebrews 4:16Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and grace to help in time of need.” Direct me to continually incorporate Your Word in all situations and rely on it for all power.

I give thanks and praise for all Your attributes expressed in the Bible. I am specifically grateful for the following characteristics described by Your Names: the Lord my provider, the Lord my healer, the Lord my banner, the Lord my shepherd, the Lord my peace, the Lord my righteousness, and the Lord my sanctifier.

In Jesus’ Name, and from the bottom of my heart, thank you for who You are and for what You do for me. Amen.

2020 4th of July Prayer

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Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name I come to thank You that in 1776 You put it on the hearts and minds of 56 men from 13 colonies to sign the Declaration of Independence for our freedom. We have been able to celebrate this event ever since that day. History tells us that many of these men were believers in You. I ask that You forgive us as a nation and as individuals for ignoring or just forgetting about all of the blood shed for our freedom.
It is because You have blessed us as a nation (Psalm 33:12aBlessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.“) that I have the privilege of experiencing the greatest liberty of all.
That liberty is the blessing of being able to be free from sin and eternal death in hell. You provided this for me through Jesus Christ. John 8:36 “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
In spite of all the chaos, ungodly activity, and false teaching about our godly heritage, I ask that You draw the next generation to Yourself through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  This will help them defend and keep freedom for their future.
Before I start celebrating the 4th with good food, family, friends, and all kinds of entertainment and fireworks, remind me to stop and think about what I am actually celebrating: living in a free nation and being able to worship You as my Creator, Savior, and Lord.
In Jesus’ Name, direct me to follow the admonition in 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.” Amen.

God’s 3 Steps for Encouragement from Him

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

Encouraging Heavenly Father, I come in the Name of Jesus to give You praise and thanks for the encouragement that comes through trusting in You. When all looks bleak and things are far from what I had expected or wanted, Your loving presence fills me with hope.

When I am in need of encouragement, direct me to do like David did in 1 Samuel 30:6. “Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God. 

First step: Remind me to look back at all the past victories over sin and darkness that have been accomplished in Jesus’ Name. There have been many events recorded in the Bible and in more current history where You stepped in and redeemed even the worst situations. This is true in my own personal life as well. John 16:33These things have I spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

Second step: Remind me that I am under Your divine protection. You can command Your angels to provide protection from the forces of evil. Psalm 121:7-8The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.

Third step: Remind me as a child of Yours of the many powerful attributes You as my loving father have in directing and watching over me. 1 Chronicles 29:11Yours O LORD, is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty; for all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and You are exalted as head over all.

I ask that I would continually see You more clearly and be in pursuit of developing my relationship with You until I ultimately see Jesus face to face. Amen.

Father’s Day Prayer 2020

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

Lord, I come to You through the Name of Your Son, Jesus, to bring You praise and thanks on this day to specifically be able honor our fathers and grandfathers. This day is set aside for these men who had or are having a tremendous influence on our lives.

You have created the family to work best with different roles for our fathers and mothers, with You in the center of it all. You are the one who has put the family together. Psalm 127:3Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward.

I want to lift up to You all the fathers and grandfathers that I know in my circle of relationships to ask You to strengthen and encourage them in their relationships with their loved ones. Give them patience and wisdom to lead and guide with Your love. Show them how to effectively follow the instruction in Ephesians 6:4. “And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” Have the goal of these fathers and grandfathers be what is expressed in in Proverbs 22:6. “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

I acknowledge that some have experienced great pain around the subject of earthly fathers. I ask that You remind them to turn to You, the perfect Father who never fails or lets anyone down. Psalm 46:1-2aGod is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear.

In Jesus’ Name, I ask that You have a mighty movement of Your Spirit in fathers and grandfathers so that families will see what is expressed in Joshua 24:15b. “But for me and my house, we will serve the L0RD.” Amen.

Prayer About the Gift of God’s Grace

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

Gracious Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for the privilege I have as a believer to come to the throne of grace. It is such a great blessing to receive Your grace, which is the love and mercy given by You. If I obey You, You will not hold anything back that will help me to live for You. 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.

Forgive me for the times when I have chosen to live in the world of performance where I try to look to myself to be good enough to manage situations. Sometimes I accept that I am saved by grace, but then act as if works are what will sustain my new life in Christ.

Direct me to continually seek ​​to deepen my relationship with You rather than just seeking Your blessings. Teach me to understand and recognize my limitations and that through my weaknesses, You develop my Christian character. My weaknesses are also the way You develop in me a sense of deep worship and praise. Psalm 34:1-2aI will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the LORD.

Thank you that when I am weak, if I ask, You will fill me with Your power that is stronger than any I could ever have on my own. It is Your power that makes me effective for You.

Show me how to find peace and comfort, as stated in 2 Corinthians 12:9a where Jesus said, “my grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.

It is in Your holy Name that I accept Your grace, Amen.