2021 Prayer for Graduates

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

Insert your graduate’s name in this prayer

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for bringing (graduate’s name) ​through the last few years in a very difficult time with all the confusion and chaos of the Coronavirus. In spite of all the changes with online learning, etc., You have given to (graduate’s name) the ability to learn all that is required to be a graduate.

Thank you for the parents, loved ones, teachers, and friends who have had a part in this accomplishment. Proverbs 24:6…and in a multitude of counselors there is safety.” I ask You to encourage (graduate’s name) to take all the knowledge acquired in school and use it wisely for Your honor and glory.

Direct him or her to realize that a relationship with Jesus Christ is basic to all future learning of the skills needed for being successful and for developing in the spiritual realm of life. It is a lifetime challenge, joy, and blessing.

​I know that there are many challenges and tests ahead for (graduate’s name). I ask not that You spare him/her from all these events, but that You would show him/her how to cling to You through the ups and downs of life. Teach him/her to look to Your Word for answers, and not ​to the demeaning answers this world provides. “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” Ephesians 6:12.

Show (graduate’s name) that as he/she starts through the many phases of life that “…with God all things are possible” Matthew 19:26b. Thank you that by following God’s ways and receiving His power any and all obstacles can be overcome.

I bring this payer in Jesus’ wonderful and powerful Name, 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.

Prayer About Being a Partaker of God’s Divine Nature Based on 2 Peter 1:1-10

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

Perfect Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of my Savior Jesus Christ to bring You praise and thanks for Your perfect divine nature. It is a great blessing that You impart to me, a born-again believer, the choice to live righteously. 2 Peter 1:3-4As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Because it is clear in Your Word that I do not have the resources and power to live a life full of glory and virtue, I ask that You direct me with Your moral goodness. 2 Corinthians 5:21For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Thank you for the gift of Your divine nature so that if I desire, I am able to escape worldly desires for sin and be an effective, fruitful tool for You and Your glory. I ask that You direct me to put all my trust and hope in Your perfection. Develop in me the path You have laid out, leading from virtue all the way to love. 2 Peter 1:5c-7Add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.” Shape me to Your will and use me as You will.” Amen.

God’s Desire for a Believer’s Complete Commitment to Him

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

Loving Heavenly Father, I come to You through the Name of Jesus, longing to be totally committed to You and Your purpose for me in this world. Thank you for telling me in Your Word, the Bible, what Your desire is for me. Deuteronomy 6:5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

I realize that in my own strength, I am too weak and frail to accomplish what You want for me. Direct me to be alert and aware of all kinds of possible temptations that come my way. Since temptations strike in my most vulnerable areas of life, give me a sensitivity to the subtleties of them (like a news alert). Spiritually equip me to overcome the desires and the powers of the flesh and Satan. It is You alone, through Your Word and prayer, who can provide the strength to shore up my defenses against the power of my flesh. Mark 14:38 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Father, it is my desire, with Your direction, to practice Jesus’ commandment in Mathew 22:37-39. “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

In Jesus’ Name, thank you for saving me from my sinful flesh and giving me the opportunity to live in the Spirit. Amen.

Miniature Specific Scripture Prayers #32

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

Genuine Faith

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, develop in me genuine faith like Habakkuk had in Habakkuk 3:19 in spite of all his difficulties. “The LORD God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills.

Jesus Christ, the True Light

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, I thank You that the life and light referred to in the Old Testament’s golden lamp stand are now represented by Jesus Christ, God’s true tabernacle. Psalm 27:1The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Forgiving and Loving Others

Merciful Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, keep me sensitive and practicing the instruction in Colossians 3:13. “Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.

A Gift from God

Gracious Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for ​giving me the gift the world cannot give, as expressed in John 14: 27. “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Using the Right Words

All wise Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, direct my speech to always follow Colossians 4:6. “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

God’s Promise of Completion

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for the promise You expressed through Paul in Philippians 1:6. “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.

2021 Easter Prayer: Characteristics of Jesus’ Birth and Resurrection

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

Loving Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for sending Your Son to die on the cruel cross for the ugliness of my sin and the sins of every other person. It is because of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection that You have provided me with unlimited joy and graciousness. I am going to focus the remainder of my prayer with thanksgiving and praise to You for a few of the many blessings of being a born-again believer in Jesus Christ.

It is a blessing to be in Your light instead of in Satan’s darkness; to be forgiven and not suffer from guilt. I am grateful to be out from under Satan’s power, and living in the experience of Your love. Colossians 1:13-14He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

I praise You that all the spiritual events around Easter have provided a way for me to have entrance to the throne of grace. In that way, I can receive truth about everything in life, and that truth will set me free. 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 great to have in my mind the picture in Psalm 23 of You being my shepherd and taking care of me, the sheep. That truth brings me great comfort, peace, and joy in this chaotic world I am living in. Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

To You, God, be all glory, honor, and praise for what You have done and are doing. Amen.

God’s Gift of Courageous and Consistent Faith Based on Joshua 1:1-9

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

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name I come before You, thankful for the privilege to be in Your presence. It is through Jesus alone that I can speak and be with You. It is a great blessing You have given me in Joshua 1:1-9 to see how You encouraged Joshua and strengthened his faith. Throughout the Bible, You ​show that You want to do the same for me. Like You told Joshua in his difficult time, You want me to look to You through Your Word ​for guidance, and not around me.

Verse 7: Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.” It is a wonderful gift from You when I experience courage and consistency in my faith while handling all situations in my life. Remind me often that without Your leading, life can be frightening, but with You in control it will be an exciting adventure.

Just as You assured Joshua that You would be with him in his new challenges, You will be with me. Verse 5b:As I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.” It is my desire that You strengthen me and give me more faith and Godly courage. Keep my mind and heart focused on You by directing me to meditate on Your Word and be obedient to what you reveal.

Whenever I face new and difficult situations, direct me to take courage in knowing that You are with me wherever I go. Put verse 9 in my mind. “Have 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.” Thank you for the encouragement, peace, and comfort from this portion of Scripture. Amen.

Prayer About God, Our Only True Source of Protection

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

Unlimited, all powerful Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of my Savior Jesus Christ. I give You everything I have and am so that I may bring honor to You. I thank and praise You for the protection I find in You like in no other place. You know me and want what is best for me in all situations, even the ones I don’t understand. Nahum 1:7The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.

It is a great comfort and blessing to be able to do like David did when in trouble and know that You are right there with me. Psalm 34:6-7This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them.

What a relief and joy it is to know, as a believer in Jesus Christ, that You promise to protect me from the evil one. I can feel safe in Your arms. You express this so eloquently in 2 Thessalonians 3:3 and Isaiah 41:10. “But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.” “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

As I live in this chaotic world and very uncertain time, I want to thank You for Your life-giving protection and love that is mine through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Direct me to keep my eyes and heart focused daily on Your Word and You, and less on all the negativity in the world.

To Your honor and glory. Amen.

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