An Urgent Message and Prayer for Loved Ones and Friends Who Need a Personal, Saving Relationship with Jesus Christ

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

After listening to a number of pastors like Dr. David Jeremiah preaching about the end times and seeing what is happening in the world, it looks like the time is very near. We have posted this prayer because there is an urgency to reach as many loved ones and friends as soon as possible with the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. They need to be ready for what is coming. 2 Timothy 3:1 “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come.”

Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to bring to You the names of the following people who are lost and need to invite Jesus Christ into their lives for salvation and eternity in Heaven: [insert names here]. In the powerful Name of Jesus, I ask that You tear down the works of Satan for the people on this list. Show them the destructiveness of false doctrine, unbelief, atheistic teaching, hatred, apathy, the love of the world, lust of the flesh, etc. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5For 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.

I desire that You make clear to each person the true meaning of 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.” There is no other way to go to Heaven for eternity. I ask that You direct me to share the Gospel with them, or that You send a messenger who is a good witness for Jesus Christ – a person who can help them understand the process of salvation and how to become a child of God.

Jesus, thank you for giving Your life on the cross for salvation to all mankind and providing the joy of the Lord to all who accept and believe in You as their Savior. Amen.
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Intercessory Prayer for World Leaders During the Ukraine and Russia War

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

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, we come to You to thank You for intercessory prayer. We want to lift up to You the leaders of the world who are trying to solve this conflict. We ask for supernatural wisdom for the United States, Canada, Ukraine, European countries, the United Nations, and the NATO alliances. For all these leaders, we intercede with James 1:5a. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally.”  

For all those who are evil and under the control of Satan and are doing everything possible to make the situation even worse, we ask that You rebuke the evil one. 2 Corinthians 10:4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” In the meantime, we ask that You provide what is expressed in Hebrews 4:16 for all the innocent people on both sides of the conflict. “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

We come to You with this prayer because You are the only one who is all-powerful, all-wise, and everywhere present. Show us what we can be doing through prayer, giving, and encouragement to the missionaries and Christian organizations like Samaritan’s Purse who are trying to mitigate the suffering and pain. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Intercessory Prayer for the Ukrainian and Russian People

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

All-powerful and wise Heavenly Father, we come in Jesus’ Name to intercede on behalf of the Ukrainian and Russian people during this horrific conflict. Most of us have no idea of the severity of the physical and emotional suffering that is happening. We ask you to direct the Christians in these countries to do what you told Jeremiah to do in Jeremiah 33:3. “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.

It has been reported that during and after the last war in 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea, many of these same people, especially Ukrainians, came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and have a strong faith in their new Christian walk. Being that some have lost loved ones, and many are injured, we ask that You will draw them close to what Jesus said in Mathew 11:28-30. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Your Word, the Bible, tells us to pray for our enemies. In Mathew 5:44, Jesus said, “but I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” In light of this command, we lift up President Putin and all his military leaders, and ask You to release Your mighty hand of power against Satan’s control of them to stop this war against Your children. 1 John 4:4bBecause He who is in you is greater than He who is in the world.

Thank you that intercessory prayer has no distance limitation, so at this time of feeling helpless, we can at least ask for Your power and wisdom to be directed to these people. We pray this prayer because we believe Matthew 19:26b. Jesus said that “with men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer About Abiding in Jesus Christ (Based on John 15:1-17)

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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 to thank You for the comfort of knowing that Your presence is ever with me, and for allowing me to constantly abide in You. This concept is very well illustrated in John 15:5. Jesus said, “I 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.” I acknowledge that without this close vine and branch relationship with You, I can do nothing good, right, or pure. I ask that You forgive me when I forget this truth and try to trust in myself rather than in Your perfect love.

Make clear in my mind and heart that not abiding in You is very detrimental to living a righteous life. John 15:6If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.” Thank you for sharing in Your Word (the Bible) that if I, as a believer in Jesus Christ, follow Your commandments, I can abide in Your love. John 15:10If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

I ask You to direct and give me wisdom and strength to practice Your commandments on a daily basis with love, joy, and thankfulness. Thank you for my relationship with You, which began with You taking the first step of love that I never could, by sending Your Son to die on the cross for my sin. Develop Your great love in me in such a way that I can reflect that love back to You and to those around me. John 15:12This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

In summary, I express to You the words in Psalm 119:73. “Your hands have made me and fashioned me; give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.” In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Morning Prayer of Praise About God’s Wonderful Attributes

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

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, I come to You this morning to praise and thank You for the encouragement that meditating on Your attributes gives me. When I start the day, it is a great comfort to rest in the fact that You are all-knowing. Psalm 139:3You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.” It is a great blessing to know You do not come and go at will, but are an ever-present God. There is not a time or place You are not near. Jeremiah 23:23 “‘Am I a God near at hand,” says the LORD, “and not a God afar off?‘”

With so much evil, confusion, and heartache all around, it is good to know that You as my Heavenly Father are not limited as man is. You can change and correct anything You desire. You are Almighty God (all-powerful). Jeremiah 32:17Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.” I thank You that I do not have to be concerned that Your attributes will ever be modified or obsolete. Because You are immutable (unchanging), Your attributes are the same “yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). Malachi 3:6aFor I am the LORD, I do not change.

Direct me not to be surprised by situations in life and try to be in control of them, since You are in control and are not surprised by any situation. Thank you that I am a born-again child of Yours and thus have access to all these promises. With love, Amen.

Prayer About Valentine’s Day as a Reminder of God’s Love

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

Loving Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for the reminder this Valentine’s season gives about love. In spite of the joy of seeing so much around us about love made up of cards, flowers, teddy bears, and candy, it does not come close to the genuine, lasting love You have for us.

Your Word, the Bible, has many expressions about how much You love Your children. The ultimate expression is found 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.

So many times, my love is conditional. How great it is that Your love is unconditional. It is not based on who I am or what I say or do. I could not earn Your love no matter how hard I tried. It is wonderful that Your love is based on Your unfailing character. Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

It is Your love for me, and the Holy Spirit dwelling in me, which allows me to have the privilege of loving others with a genuine love as expressed in John 13:34. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”

Thank you for the many Scripture passages in the Bible like 1 Corinthians 13 that give direction on what Christ’s love through me can and should look like. You point out in the Bible that there are many spiritual gifts, but love is one that we all have and should demonstrate.

As I go out in the world and see many different expressions of love, direct me to always put far more focus on Your love.

In Jesus’ Name, thank you for the powerful message in this little chorus: “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” Amen.

Prayer About Receiving and Giving God’s Love (Based on 1 John 4:7-11)

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

Loving Heavenly Father, I come before You in Jesus’ Name, knowing that the only reason I am worthy to be in Your presence is because of the love and sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus. My life was marked by the stain of sin from the moment I was born. I know that apart from Jesus, there is no love and hope. Thank you that when I professed with my mouth and heart to accept and believe in Jesus Christ as my Savior, I was also accepting Your endless love.

Sometimes it is hard to find words to express my joy and gratitude for Your love. I acknowledge that all the love that I have and give to others flows from You. Verse 7:Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” Direct my relationship with You to be such that I can see the effects of the saving grace that Jesus has brought.

It is clear in the Bible that You love and care for people, otherwise You would not have created the human race. You gave me a free choice because You desire a loving response from Your people. Your love is seen into eternity by giving me, and all your people who have accepted Your Son Jesus Christ, eternal life.

Thank you for giving Your Holy Spirit to dwell in believers and empower us to love others. I ask that You give me a heart more like Yours, always ready to do good for those around me, reflecting the love that You have so generously given. Verse 11: Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

In Jesus’ loving Name, Amen.

Prayer About God’s Protection When We Face Danger (Based on Psalm 91)

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

All-powerful Heavenly Father, I come to You today to give You praise and magnify Your mighty power. Thank you for being my refuge and my fortress. It is in You that I can have peace and protection from danger. Verse 2:I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him will I trust.’” It is a great blessing that I have no reason to fear the evil that is around me, because not one scheme of Satan can touch me when I dwell with You. Verse 1: He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

It is significant to know that not only can I dwell in Your shadow, but that Your Word (in the Bible) also promises: “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4b.) Since You are the only true refuge in this world for my life, direct me to depend on You alone and not look to the world for comfort. Teach me more each day how to live in the shadow of Your mercy and grace so that I can experience what You promise in verse 15 any time I am near danger. “He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.” Thank you that You have a great desire to teach me how to live righteously so that You can shower blessings on me. Amen.

Prayer About Gaining All the Benefits from Our Trials (based on James 1:2-11)

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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 encouragement found in James 1:2-11. Some of us are broken and tired after the various trials and difficulties of 2021. We need Your provision and uplifting hand as we go through the next year.

We are distinctly reminded each day of how far we have fallen from Your perfect plan. It is plain to see the devastation sin has caused in the world. As hard as it may be, I ask You to remind me, in difficulties and trials, that they are not in vain because You are always working everything together for ultimate good. Direct me to meditate on verses 2-3 as to what You are trying to accomplish. “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.”

I ask You to give me the wisdom and strength to see through the momentary pain and disappointments at any present circumstance, and give me lasting and true patience to experience verse 4b. “That you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” Shift my perspective this coming year to look for the spiritual benefits in going through trials. Show me how You are working through them for my good and how I can look at my trials leading to joy. In Jesus’ Name, thank you for this helpful teaching. Amen.

Going Forward Under the Control and Power of the Holy Spirit (Based on Galatians 5:16-26)

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

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you that at the time I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior, You placed the Holy Spirit within me. 1 Corinthians 3:16Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” Your Word in the Bible tells me that even after I became a Christian, I still have my old nature working against my new. What a wonderful blessing it is, though, that the Holy Spirit will always overpower my old ways, if I allow Him to. Galatians 5:16I say then: Walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

Since I will always have evil and natural desires, I ask you to make me sensitive to them and direct me to practice daily committing my sinful tendencies to the Holy Spirit’s control and practice Galatians 5:24. “And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” It is my desire to live Galatians 5:25.”If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Therefore, thank you that I can know that I am under the control of the Holy Spirit by checking my conduct against Galatians 5:22-23a. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” Thank you for the clear instruction on how to live a new life in Christ. Amen.