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.

2021 4th of July Prayer

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

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus Christ’s Name to thank You for this special day that we celebrate in the United States. It became famous in history in 1776 when 13 colonies officially declared independence from England. It is special because it is the day the United Sates was formed and became a free nation. Over the years, there have been attempts at trying to destroy and take away this freedom that we enjoy and many times take for granted. I ask that You remind us as individuals, and as a nation, of Your statement in the Bible in Psalm 33:12a. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.

I ask that You start a revival and a spiritual awakening in our nation through forgiveness, repentance, and turning us back to You. It is only by Your mercy, grace, and restoration in our country that we will be able to continue to experience the blessing of the last 200 years. Therefore, I come to You claiming Hebrews 4:16. “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

I also rest in Your promise in 2 Corinthians 12:9a. Jesus said: ‘”My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.“‘ Thank you for the many who over the years have fought and died for our flag, which stands for freedom and liberty, and represents the beliefs of the citizens of this great country.

With all that is happening in our nation this 4th of July, remind us personally and as a nation that “freedom is not free,” and is worth defending and praying for. Encourage us as believers to follow the example in Psalm 118:5. “I called on the LORD in distress; the LORD answered me and set me in a broad place.

In the powerful Name of Jesus, amen.

Prayer About Keeping My Mind on a Positive Track

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

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for the instruction in Your Word about the control of my mind. You tell me that the mind is what determines my actions, good or bad. Proverbs 23:7aFor as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” You also tell me in Colossians 3:1-2 what You want my mind and thoughts to be focused on. “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

In order to be obedient to these two verses, direct me to ask the following heart searching, difficult questions. Dr. Charles Stanley recommends these questions to determine if you want to follow a thought or get rid of it:

  1. “Where will this thought lead me?”
  2. “Will this thought get me to where I really want to be?”
  3. “Is the thought scriptural?”
  4. “Will the thought build up or tear down?”
  5. “Where did the thought originate?”
  6. “Do I feel guilty about it?”
  7. “Could I share the thought with somebody else?”

-Dr. Charles Stanley

When I have a thought that does not pass these questions, encourage me to practice 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 and Colossians 3:16 for correction. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” Use the instruction in the second verse to help accomplish the first one. “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.

Thank you for making available the powerful tool of Your Word to develop correct and pure thoughts. Amen.

2021 Father’s Day Prayer of Honor and Respect

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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 my father and grandfather (and if deceased, for the memory of them). They have done many things for me, and their influence has shaped my life in many ways that I have taken for granted. The most important and critical was to prepare me to desire a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, who has reserved for me an eternal home in Heaven and direction for my life now. Proverbs 22:6Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

I realize that not everyone reading this prayer has had a good relationship with their father. For anyone in this situation, encourage them to keep in mind that You as their Father in Heaven have always and will always care for them as Your child. Your love is unconditional and infinite. In Your Word (the Bible), You tell us that You want to have a close relationship with all of us. In fact, You thought so much of us that You gave Your only begotten Son to die on the cross so that we can have that relationship with You. John 3:16For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

For every father and grandfather who has this personal relationship with Jesus, You have promised to give the best of Your spiritual blessings. Regardless of our background, teach us as fathers and grandfathers to trust completely in You for Godly wisdom and spiritual guidance to lead and direct our precious loved ones. Remind us always of Your instruction in Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

In Jesus’ Name, thank you for Your direction. Amen.

Prayer of Dependence on God in Times of Stress (Based on Psalm 31)

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

Heavenly Father, I come to You through the Name of Your Son Jesus to give You thanks and praise for Your constant goodness, especially in stressful times. You remind me in this Psalm, like you did David, that You want to and will be my constant refuge and strength. Verse 3: “For You are my rock and my fortress; therefore, for Your name’s sake, lead me and guide me.” However, like in David’s case, in order for You to intercede on behalf of any problems I might have, I am willing to give myself to completely trusting in You. Verse 5: “Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.

In light of all that is expressed in this Psalm, direct me to rest in the fact that You have stored up great things for those who know and fear Your mighty hand. Teach me to put my hope in You, for nothing else can satisfy. Only You can fill my heart with joy and contentment. Everything else will just leave me lacking and miserable. Verse 19: “Oh how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men!

Lord, as I go through life with its many complications and uncertainties, I ask that You constantly take me back to Your Word for encouragement and direction. I would like to be able to say in all situations what David said in verse 14 and 15a: “But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD; I say, “You are my God. My times are in Your hand.’

In Jesus’ precious Name I pray, amen.

Prayer About the Apostle Paul’s Direction for Believers Living in a Divided and Decadent Nation

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

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for the instruction for believers in Jesus Christ in 1 Corinthians 1:1-9. This is a good way to respond to living in a nation similar to Corinth. Direct me to practice the principles Paul laid out for the Corinthian believers to follow. As Paul did, I thank and praise You for who I am as a believer in Jesus Christ. This is a blessing no one can ever take away from me. 1 Corinthians 1:4-5 I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge.

It is a great blessing to meditate on the fact that no matter what happens, You and Your Word are always available for me in every situation. It is Christ that does all the work, and I as a believer receive all the benefits.

Thank you, Jesus, that You are my shepherd and guide me in the “paths of righteousness for [Your] name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of deathPsalm 23:3b-4.

Remind me often that the direction I am going is to be with You in eternity. You will count me free of sin when Christ returns because of what Jesus Christ accomplished through His death on the cross and His resurrection. 1 Corinthians 1:8Who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Thank you for the deep and direct relationship You want with me, which in turn allows me to have a genuine relationship with other believers. To You be all glory. Amen.

2021 Memorial Day Prayer Honoring Those Who Have Sacrificed Their Lives

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

Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to ask You to direct my thinking to honor those in the military who have paid the ultimate price of giving their life for the many years of freedom our nation has enjoyed. Fighting so that others can go on living and enjoying freedom requires service and self-sacrifice. Thank you that over the years, and still today, many in the military have followed the example of Jesus. John 15:12-13 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”   

I ask that You forgive us as a nation and turn us to repentance for the many who are degrading Your Son Jesus, the military, and those You have appointed to protect us from harm. As You did in the past, we need You to lead us into revival and a great awakening.

Give us as believers in Jesus Christ a desire to follow the instructions You gave in 1 Timothy 2:1-3Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.”  

Give healing, comfort, and peace to those who have been injured and to those who have lost loved ones as they recover from the devastations of war and terrorism. I also want to honor the memory of those who have been martyred for their faith in Jesus Christ. The Cross is very offensive to many around the world. Therefore, many are being killed simply for loving Jesus Christ for what He did on the Cross.

I thank You for the wonderful memories of loved ones who have passed on, and had a great influence on my life. To God be the glory. Amen.

Prayer About Jesus’ Teaching for Believers in the Sermon on the Mount on the Power of Influence

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

Heavenly Father, I come to You through the Name of Jesus Christ my Savior. It is His dying on the cross for me and His gift of salvation that allows me to call upon You and come to Your throne of grace. I want to acknowledge that there is always an impact from my actions on those around me. Forgive me when sometimes I get so caught up in my own life that I forget about the influence (good or bad) that I leave on others. Your Word (the Bible) makes this clear in Romans 14:7-8. “For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.

Direct me to follow Your command to leave a positive, uplifting, and God-glorifying impact on those I interact with. As Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount, and as Paul urged Titus to be a good example, show me how live out these two scriptures. Mathew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.Titus 2:7-8aIn all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned.

Recognizing that somebody (sons, daughters, grandchildren, great grandchildren, friends, etc.) is always watching and being influenced by my actions, good or bad, I ask that You shape my heart desires and activities correctly, like only You can. It is You that has the wisdom and power to orient my affections from myself to You and Your purposes. Direct me to influence others to desire Your unmerited mercy and saving grace.

In Jesus’ Name, thank you for this wonderful instruction. Amen.

2021 Mother’s Day Prayer

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

Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to thank You for my mother (if she is deceased, I honor her memory). I appreciate the way she has cared for me and revealed some of Your character to me through her unconditional love. 1 Corinthians 13:13And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” Thank you for the way You designed children’s relationships with their parents to reflect my relationship to You, my creator. Show me how I can honor my mother on this day, and every day.

I ask if there is someone who does not have a good relationship with their mother, that You would intervene and bring forgiveness, healing, and restoration. Remind them that the ultimate measure of their worth comes from You, not their parents’ perception of them. Direct them to love their mother the way You love them, even if that love is not reciprocated.

For future mothers, give them a heart that loves You and a desire to raise children who will follow You. Remind them of the importance of the life they carry inside of them. Jeremiah 1:5a-b “‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you.“‘ Equip them and prepare them to be a strong example of faith for their children and leave behind a legacy of godliness.

Remind all mothers of what Theodore Roosevelt said: “praying mothers are a country’s greatest blessing.”

In Jesus’ Name, I express my gratitude to You for the way You have used my mother in my life. Amen.

Prayer Asking for a Hedge of Protection Around Loved Ones and Friends

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

All powerful Heavenly Father, I come in the Name of my Savior, Jesus Christ, to thank You for the protection You give from the attacks of the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:3But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.

You illustrate in a number of places in Your Word (the Bible) that You will place a hedge of protection around Your children. Job 1:10Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side?” As the world rages in chaos, I entrust the safety of my loved ones and friends (list their names here) into Your hands for a strong hedge of protection around them.

Since Your Word is crucial in this, I ask that You put a strong desire in their heart and mind to read and allow the power of Your Word to direct them in every phase of their life. Hebrews 4:12For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Let every dark place in their life be exposed to the bright light of Your truth so that nothing is hidden and everything is exposed. In John 8:12b Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.

I ask that Your presence be very near to my loved ones and friends and that You go with them wherever they go. May Your angels always be at their side. I know that there is a limit to how much I can do, but You can protect them in all things. Direct me to loosen my desire for control and allow You to be their protector and guide.

It is in the loving, compassionate Name of Jesus I pray these things. Amen.