Hope in the Lord During These Very Uncertain Times (Based on Romans 8:22-29)

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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 the hope expressed in Your Word, the Bible, about my future. As a born-again believer in Jesus Christ, I am pleased with the comfort and blessing of the following quote: “I don’t know what the future holds but I know the One who holds the future.” However, I am also grateful for the many absolutes You have recorded in the Bible. Because of Your love for me and You being all powerful, there is nothing that can separate me from You and Your many attributes. In Romans 8:38-39 the Apostle Paul wrote: “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Thank you that another absolute that I can rely on is that when this life is over, I will be in Heaven with You. You tell me in the Bible that Jesus is preparing a place for all who have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior. In John 14:2, Jesus said, “in My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

It is a great encouragement and gives me much hope to know that You know my future, and that all the plans You have for me are good. If I have some pain or hardship, You will see me through to the conclusion. Direct me to put my hope and trust in Your promise in Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and hope.” Thank you for these encouraging Scriptures. Amen.

Prayer About Overcoming the Power of Self

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

Heavenly Father, I come into Your presence through prayer in the Name of Jesus Christ my Savior who died on the cross for me. Thank you for the instruction and admonishment in Your Word (the Bible) about the problem with self. I acknowledge that there are times I view myself as top priority. I look at my own interests and needs at the expense of others. However, that is not how You want me to live my Christian life.

You give me the answer in Galatians 6:3. “For if anyone thinks of himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.” Direct me to be aware of any selfish, prideful ​attitudes in my life. When needed, encourage me to confess and repent of these attitudes. In any situation, remind me of the question, “who is in charge? God or me?”

Thank you for expressing in Your Word the example of Jesus that You want me to follow. Philippians 2:7 “But [Jesus] made of Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.” Give me a trusting heart to know that I can’t be selfish and content at the same time, and that You are always good. Under Your direction, I can put away self with confidence, knowing that Your plans are much better than anything I can come up with. Jeremiah 29:11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Father, what a blessing it is to be a child of Yours and to have You and Your Word as a guide in my life. “To God be the glory, great things He has done.” Amen.

Prayer About Jesus Calming the Storms of Life (Based on Mathew 8:23-27)

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

All powerful Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you that like the disciples, in the midst of my life’s storms I have the privilege of calling on Jesus for help. Verse 25: “Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!’

Although I as a born-again believer in Jesus Christ have seen and read many times about the miraculous works of Jesus when a storm comes, I still have difficulty resting in all of Your attributes at times. You are the creator of everything, all powerful, all knowing, ever-present, unchanging, merciful, and gracious.

Direct me to understand and accept that Jesus has the authority and power to control the storms of life as well as the storms of nature. With Him all things are possible. Verse 26: “But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.

It is a blessing that I can experience the wonder and amazement the disciples had about the divine power of Jesus, how unlike other men He is and how much He cares for people. He even died on the cross so that people have the opportunity to accept Him and prepare for eternity in heaven. Verse 27: “So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?’

Encourage me to remember this awesome true story in Your Word (the Bible) the next time I am in a difficult situation. Thank you for the power and encouragement in Your Word. To God be the glory. Amen.

Prayer of Praise About the Work of the Holy Spirit in the Life of a Born Again Believer in Jesus Christ

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

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for the work of the Holy Spirit in my Christian life. It is a great blessing to know from Your Word (The Bible) that the Holy Spirit is living within me and not somewhere in space. 1 Corinthians 3:16Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

Thank you that You express in a number of places in Your Word that if I ask and allow it, You will have the Holy Spirit be my comforter and helper in all situations in this life. He will speak words of comfort and still ​my anxiousness. He never makes a mistake and always gives the wisest council. In John 14:16, Jesus said: “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever.

In this day of so much false teaching and fake news, thank you that I can trust in the work of the Holy Spirit to be true. He will not speak on His own initiative but will guide in the truth about Jesus Christ. All that is written down in the Bible and that I am blessed to read came from Him through the authors of the Scriptures. John 16:13-14However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.

In light of all of the above, I ask that You direct me not to live by instinctive actions, but by being obedient to Your instruction in Your Word. It is my desire not to do Ephesians 4:30. “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

In Jesus’ Name, knowing that in my life will encounter many things I cannot handle, I give myself to You and ask You to fill and control me with the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 5:18b “But be filled with the Spirit.” Amen.

Prayer About the Wonder and Beauty of God’s Amazing Grace

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

Heavenly Father, I come before Your throne of grace through the precious Name of Jesus Christ, Your Son. I am overwhelmed with praise and gratitude that by Your amazing grace, You have given me a seat at Your table as a son or daughter. You have stripped off my dirty rags and replaced them with robes of color.

It is because of Your grace, meaning undeserved favor, that my salvation and development of righteous living is not performance based. Both are a gracious gift from You. You want me to have Your grace because You love me, not because of what I have done. 2 Timothy 1:9Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.

I thank You for the old hymn Amazing Grace written by John Newton because it summarizes the wonder and beauty of Your grace.

Amazing Grace

“Amazing grace! How sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see. ‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear and grace my fears relieved; how precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed! Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come. ‘Tis grace hath brought me safe this far, and grace will lead me home.”

Being a benefactor of the greatest gift and sacrifice ever made, I humbly come before you and like Paul, thank you for what Jesus expressed to him in 2 Corinthians 12:9. “‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’” Amen.

2021 School Prayer for All Who Are Involved in Education (Leaders, Teachers, Parents, and Students)

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

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for directing many of our schools this last year in working through all of the Coronavirus issues. This year, I come to ask You to direct school boards, teachers, parents, and students in evaluating all the curriculum and social changes that are being proposed. Direct all the leaders to look to You for wisdom in what is best for the students. 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.

Show the leaders how to evaluate everything in education from the past and current thinking. We have had a good education and moral standard for many years, however, that does not make it obsolete. Encourage them to accept what the Bible expresses about children and that it has the answers on how and what should be taught. Have them make decisions through the lens of Psalm 127:3a. “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD.

Show all who are involved in education that their most critical job is to do what is best for young people of all ages. Put a hedge of protection around school boards, teachers, and students to keep them from the influences of wrong theories, information, and teaching. I ask for 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.

Will You touch the hearts and minds of many teachers and students this year to make the most critical decision, regardless of education, which is to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Romans 10:13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’” Amen.

P.S. If you need help with this decision, see the Salvation tab.

God’s Growing Process for Christian Believers

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

Teaching Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name I come to give You thanks for the learning process You provide for spiritual growth throughout my life. When You adopted me into Your family through the birth, death, and resurrection of Your Son, I became a child of Yours. What an incredible blessing that is. John 1:12But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.

Thank you that as Your child, You always want what is best for me. You are willing to do whatever it takes to teach me and shape me through the perfect plan You have for me. The path of growth to being more like Jesus can be difficult and often times it is hard to see the end product. However, I choose to trust You through it, knowing that Your ways are always perfect. 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.

I admit that on my own, I am powerless to grow in faith and purity. I need You to reshape my heart and direct my desires away from sin and evil and unto You. Lead me, through Jesus’ power and direction, to develop more of what is expressed in 1 John 3:7. “Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He [Jesus] is righteous.

My desire is to always have some level of growth (sanctification) evident in my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer About Coming Joyfully Into God’s Presence (Based on Psalm 100)

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

Heavenly Father, I come to You through the Name of my Savior, Your Son Jesus, to thank You for the invitation to come joyfully to You for a time of close personal fellowship. You have provided this experience for me by calling me Your son or daughter and giving me the gift to come before You in thanksgiving and praise through prayer and reading Your Holy Word. Psalm 100:4Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His Name.

Forgive me when sometimes I have a prideful attitude or act like I created myself and my little world around me. This produces greediness, and ultimately a loss of hope if not everything goes my way. Psalm 100:3 Know that the LORD, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Direct me through all the chaos and turmoil in this fallen world, to go out into it with Your presence within me. Psalm 100:1 Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!” It is a blessing that every time I come into Your presence about any situation in life, You will always have a positive response. If I am discouraged, You will encourage. If I am in need You will provide, etc. Maybe not always in the way I desire, but always in the way that is best.

Thank you for how this Psalm reminds me that You are the creator and are always good and dependable. You alone are to be praised and worshiped. Psalm 100:5For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.

I love you, Lord. Amen.

Prayer About Jesus’ Teaching on Worry in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:25-34)

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

Compassionate Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name I come to give You thanks for being the one I can trust with every detail of my life. You make this clear in Matthew 6:25. “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

Show me the times when I try to take things into my own hands. Forgive me for trusting more in my own intellect and ability than in You. What a foolish statement it is to say, “it is getting so complicated or difficult, I guess I better pray,” rather than praying in the beginning for wisdom and direction. Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Direct me to ​realize that in all situations, worry can damage my health, negatively affect my actions, consume me, and affect my relationships with others. Encourage me to have genuine concern about problems I see and move into action rather than just worry and become incapacitated.

Since I do not know ​what tomorrow ​holds, give me the ability to ​make plans with Your wisdom and trust You with my future. Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Lord, thank you for the truth of this statement. “Faith is the victory that overcomes the world” (paraphrase of 1 John 5:4). Amen.

Prayer About Resting in God’s Mercy and Grace

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

Loving Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for giving me mercy and grace. It is Your mercy that holds back what I deserve and Your grace that gives me what I don’t deserve. 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 such a great blessing in the morning to know that it is because of Your mercy that I am not consumed. You share that promise with me every day. Lamentations 3:23[The Lord’s] mercies are new every morning [thank you]; great is Your faithfulness [thank you].”

The Bible makes it clear that all of my Christian life comes from You through grace. Therefore, it is encouraging to know that You always have an abundant supply available. As Jesus told Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.

Direct me to exemplify Your love, mercy, and grace that I receive from You to others around me. Make it clear to them that they too can ​experience these attributes ​of Yours through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. ​Show them that they will never be able to get from other people what only You can give. Whenever I get my focus off of Your ways and experience anxiety and frustration ​from doing things my own way, remind me of Mathew 11:28. “Come to me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Thank you for Your peace. Amen.