Thanks for the Comfort and Advantages for the Believer who has Faith in God


Photo taken in Maine.

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

Heavenly Father, I come to You in the powerful Name of Jesus to thank You for all the wonderful blessings that come from living a life of faith in You. I am comforted when I am in Your arms. I know that I can rest in Your presence and that You will sustain me and protect me from the evil one. I am grateful for the promise and teaching in Psalm 112, which states that, as a believer, if I respect and reverence You, believe Your promises and gladly obey Your directions, I can expect You to completely take care of me. Psalm 112:1Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who delights greatly in His commandments.

Daily teach me to fear You more and understand the awe of Your greatness. Open my eyes to Your all-encompassing strength, knowledge, presence, love, grace, and mercy. Guide me to rely on You for every need that I have. Philippians 4:19And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” It is a great blessing to know that if I completely trust in You, You will take care of me. My fears will subside…even the fear of death. Thank you that faith, respect, and obedience to God will lead to a blessed life.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

2019 4th of July Prayer

4th of July, 4th of July Prayer, Independence Day, Independence Day Prayer

Photo taken in Nebraska.

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

Gracious Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, I thank You for the privilege of celebrating the history of the many blessings our nation ​enjoys. Especially the blessing of our nation allowing us to celebrate the greatest liberty of all, freedom in Jesus Christ. 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.

I am aware that the freedom in our nation has not come without a huge price for many families. Some have lost loved ones or ​know someone suffering from the horrors of war. I ask that You​ make them aware of the special blessing of coming to You for help through Jesus. 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.

With all the evil and negativity happening in our land and to our people, America is very much in need of prayer. In order to receive Your blessing as a nation, You tell us in Psalm 33:12a what needs to be done. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” Starting with this special holiday, direct us as individuals, and as a nation, to be more dependent on You. We need Your divine protection as individuals, and as a nation, in all areas of life to remain safe, productive and strong. Lead us so that we can continue to be blessed in the future and prayerfully ​sing the phrase in the song America the Beautiful: “America, America, God shed His grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.”

God bless America. In Jesus’ Name, A​men.

Prayer on Overcoming Doubt


Photo taken in Maine.

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

Lord, I come to You through the saving grace of Jesus to thank You for the confidence I can have in You. You alone can provide relief from the doubt that I encounter in life. It is a great blessing that I can trust in You and never outrun Your grace.

Joshua 1:9Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Forgive me for the many times I start focusing on circumstances and doubting instead of trusting in You and Your word. Isaiah 40:31But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

Direct me to trust in You no matter what situation I might face in life. May I confidently know that You are by my side and that You will always be there to pick me up. Thank you that Your strength is made perfect in my weakness. Although I am weak, You are always willing to give strength in every situation. Isaiah 40:29He [God] gives power to the weak, and those who have no might He increases strength.” Through the encouragement from these verses, I ask that You dispel any self doubt that I may have by giving me confidence in You and the truth of Your Word (the Bible).

Show me how to incorporate and make the message in Psalm 119:105 more real in my life. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Thank you for allowing me to express these thoughts in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Man’s Importance in God’s Eyes


Photo taken in Tiverton, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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

Lord, I come into Your presence through the Name of Your Son Jesus to praise You for Your goodness to me. Your love for me knows no bounds, Your grace and mercy have no end. Thank you that I am important and valuable in Your eyes. It is a privilege to know that You created me in Your image. Genesis 1:26aThen God said, let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.” It is also a blessing to know that You have enough confidence in man to give him a powerful and innate responsibility over Your creation. You have asked man to rule over all the other creatures on the earth. Genesis 1:26bLet them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

I want my actions and work in this life that You have chosen for me to be pleasing to You. I ask that You would direct me in better serving You with the time and talents You have given me. Allow me to understand that I am made in Your image and that I was not a mistake or something that ​was created by mere chance. Jeremiah 1:5aBefore I formed you in the womb I knew you.” Being made in Your image gives me many of Your characteristics, and this provides for a basis for having a ​healthy view of my value in Your eyes. In closing, all I can say is thank you, and “to God be the glory, great things He has done.”

I bring this prayer in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

2019 Father’s Day Prayer and Tribute


Photo taken in Nebraska.

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

Lord almighty, I come to You today through the Name of Your Son Jesus to praise You for the gift of my earthly father (if deceased, for the memory of him). Thank you for the leadership, courage and protection that my earthly father provides. For ​I appreciate the opportunity ​I have today to specifically celebrate my father and recognize ​him for all the work ​he has put into my life. I praise you that there are fathers all across the country leading their families according to Your Word. Thank you for enabling these men to live a life honoring to You.

I realize that although Your creation of fathers was perfect in nature, sin has entered and corrupted that perfection. Because of this corruption, many have been left with long-lasting scars and pains from their earthly fathers. Direct those who have had an unpleasant relationship with their father or never knew him, with Your help, to forgive him and cast all their past hurts unto Jesus. 1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”

Thank you that no matter how much our earthly fathers ​may have failed us, You will never fail. Your Word tells in Psalm 27:10 “When my father and mother forsake me, then the LORD will take care of me.” You will always be there, arms wide open, ready to receive ​me, and that is a promise no one can take away.

I ask that You would teach fathers and future fathers to rely on You for wisdom and strength to lead and instruct their families. Show them how to model their lives and shape their influence to better reflect the example You have given in Your Word.

It is in the perfect Name of Jesus that ​I pray, Amen.

Prayer for Control Over Temptation


Photo taken in Florida.

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

Lord, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to thank You for the mercy and grace of Your Son. It is because of His sacrifice that I can come boldly to the throne of grace. I praise You for the protection and guidance You provide in Your Word (the Bible) for ​how to handle the temptations of the evil one. Whatever temptations come my way, You will never forsake me. You promise in 1 Corinthians 10:13, “no temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

Lord, I acknowledge that it is not through my own strength that I can resist the temptations of the evil one, but only through You that I can gain victory. Thank you for forgiving me for the times I have failed to realize that it is only through Your Word and ​my relationship with You that that I can overcome temptation. Ephesians 6:16-18aAbove all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.”

I ask You to guide and lead me to victory in the daily battle against the temptation to sin. Show me how to use Your Word like Jesus did when the tempter came to Him. He said in Mathew 4:4, “‘it is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.“” Thank you for Your encouragement on this topic and for allowing me to come in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

2019 Memorial Day Prayer

Photo taken at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Changing of the Guard

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

Compassionate, all-knowing, Heavenly Father, I come to You in the name of Jesus to thank You for the memories You have given me of loved ones and friends who have passed on. I appreciate how You have spoken to me through their example and actions while they were living. Proverbs 10:7aThe memory of the righteous is blessed.” On this special day, remind all of us who enjoy freedom and peace that throughout the years many have sacrificed their life fighting for our country. There are still many military members and first responders today who live in danger and in some cases give their lives protecting others.

Direct me to be sympathetic to the families whose loved ones have made the ultimate sacrifice. I ask You to bless the men, women and their families who are currently involved in defending our freedom. (Pray specifically for those you know). Give healing and comfort to the families and loved ones who are recovering from the devastation of war and domestic terror and violence.

Thank you for the greatest memory of all, recorded in the Bible in John 3:16, about Jesus dying on the cross, making a way for all who desire salvation, and how those who believe in Christ will ultimately live in Heaven for eternity. “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.” I ask You to direct me to reflect on the seriousness of this holiday and how it is not just all about fun and games.

Thank you that I can bring these thoughts in Jesus’ wonderful Name, Amen.

Right Priorities and Encouragement from God for Expanding His Kingdom: A Prayer Based on the Book of Haggai


Photo taken in Colorado.

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

Lord, I come In Jesus’ Name to thank You for the positive encouragement You gave to Your people in the book of Haggai and how it ​still applies today. You are constantly pointing us away from evil and turning us back to Your plan. I appreciate the examples of that love throughout this book.

​At the start of the book, You tasked Your people with building a new temple, but when the people heard of Your will, they wanted to postpone the work. ​In Haggai 1:2b the people said, “the time has not come, the time that the LORD’s house should be built.” However, in spite of their apathy, You stirred up the spirit of the people, giving them the will and the strength to build the temple. Haggai 1:14b ​says, “and they came and worked on the house of the LORD of hosts, their God.”

You will always give us encouragement, direction, and whatever we need to accomplish the mission that You have set out for us to do. Haggai 1:8 ‘”Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified,” says the Lord.

Direct me to learn from the examples in this book and to be sensitive and obedient to anything You are calling me to do, whether it be physical labor, sharing the gospel, discipling, teaching, helping others, prayer or financial generosity. Give me the courage and strength to get involved in the building of your kingdom regardless of the task. Remind me that, like in the book of Haggai, You provide what is needed ​in every situation to accomplish the task ​You have given. ​There are no mental, physical, or financial barriers ​that You cannot overcome.

In Jesus’ precious Name, Amen.

2019 Mother’s Day Prayer



Photo taken in Hawaii.

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


Heavenly Father, I come into Your Holy presence today through Jesus’ Name to thank You for my mother. ​I so appreciate the love and selfless compassion she gives and has given in the past. If she has passed on, I give You thanks and praise for the pleasant memories of her. Direct me to honor my mother on this special day.

I am grateful that You gave my mother some of the same attributes found in 1 Corinthians 13 4-7. “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself , is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things hopes all things, endures all things.

I pray for and ask You to remind all mothers-to-be, especially those that are considering abortion, to understand that the child within them is known and created by You ​and You have a plan for the child’s life. This is expressed in Jeremiah 1:5. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.

Direct all of us as believers to be sensitive to the needs of mothers. May we encourage and help them wherever possible. Thank you for the blessings of a mother’s love, but even more for Your love, which is far greater and provided ​me with salvation. Romans 5:8But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

In Jesus’ Name, thank you for the blessing of my mother, Amen.

Experiencing the Blessing of New Life in Christ



Photo taken in Florida.

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

Loving Father, I come in in the Name of Your Son Jesus to give You praise and thanks for the blessing of new life in Christ. Through my spiritual rebirth I have become a new creation. I no longer have to live under the weight of sin, but can live in righteousness. Romans 6:11Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” I appreciate that now that Christ is living in me, I can have Your life flow through me, and Your love and power will completely engulf my previous life. 2 Corinthians 5:17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” I ask for forgiveness for the times I find myself asking for Your power or strength like it is far ​away instead of acknowledging that Your power and love is already dwelling within me by the means of the Holy Spirit.

Your Holy Spirit is alive in me and gives me access to immeasurable power and wisdom. Teach me to depend on Your strength and adequacy, and not my own inadequacy. It is You alone that provides the framework from which I have the privilege to extend Your love to others and show them Your love and great power. Thank you that when I am tempted to think or do wrong by the enemy of my soul, I can quote ​Your Word to him and remind him that my life is now based on all that is encompassed in Galatians 2:20. “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Thank you for allowing me to bring this prayer in Jesus’ Name, Amen.