Prayer For Graduates

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Insert your graduate’s name in this prayer

It is through Jesus’ Name that I come to You, Heavenly Father, to thank You for all the years that You have given to (graduate’s name) ​and for the privilege he/s had of going to school and learning 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. “…and in a multitude of counselors there is safetyProverbs 24:6.

I ask that in this season of life (graduate’s name) would grow deeper in love with You. Show him/ her how to take all the knowledge acquired in school and use it wisely for Your honor and glory.

​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 placesEphesians 6:12.

Show (graduate’s name) that as he/she starts through the many phases of life that “…with God all things are possibleMatthew 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.

Mother’s Day Prayer of Tribute

 

Photo taken in Colorado.

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, and for the love and selfless compassion she gives and has given in the past. If she has passed on, I give praise to God for the pleasant memories of her. Show me how I can honor my mother on this special day.
For most of us 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 is a reminder of our mother’s love. “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.”
Read these attributes about love and give thanks to God for any that describe your mother.
She provides:
Safety and shelter
forgives over and over again
guides her children to live for the Lord
gives comfort when a child is hurt physically or emotionally
protects her children from evil
provides answers to questions  that cannot be asked of anyone else
gives affirmation to her children
offers sympathy at just the right time
has intuition to know when something is wrong.
Thank you for a mother’s love, but even more for Your love, which is far greater. “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting lifeJohn 3:16.
Thank you that I can bring this prayer in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Prayer Quotes to Think About #12

Photo taken in Hawaii.

Quote Selection: Elton Streyle, Photography and Editing: Ali

“Prayer without variety eventually becomes words without meaning.” -Donald S. Whitney

“As private prayer is the key to open Heaven, so is it the key to shut the gates of hell.” -Charles Spurgeon

“I don’t care how you have backslidden and wandered; if you want to come back, God accepts the willing mind. God will hear your prayer and answer.” -D.L. Moody

“We can leave a lasting inheritance for our children and grandchildren by prayers lifted to God long before they are born and prayers that will be answered long after we are gone.” -Elton Streyle

“Intercessory prayer is like a missile, it can be fired toward any spot on earth. It travels undetected at the speed of thought and it hits the target every time. It can be armed with a delayed detonating device.” -Anonymous

“The more you pray, the easier is becomes. The easier it becomes the more you will pray.” -Mother Teresa

 

The Power Of God’s Written Word

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Author: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali
All-powerful Heavenly Father, I approach You in Jesus’ Name to thank you for giving me Your written Word and for the privilege to read and  understand how it works in shaping my life. “For 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 heartHebrews 4:12.
We are living in a society where we are constantly encouraged to look at and do things that tempt us to live impure lives.  I ask You to direct me to be sensitive to the answers You have laid out in Your Word and live according to them. Give me the desire for the wisdom in Psalm 119:11. “Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.
When I am tempted, show me how to practice the same Scripture defense Jesus did in Matthew 4 when He was tempted by Satan. Three times while in the wilderness, He came back at the Enemy with the power of God’s Word.
Jesus said the first time in verse 4, ‘”It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.‘” The second time in verse 7, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God.‘” The third time in verse 10, “‘Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.'”

I praise You that there is nothing in this world that can come against me that the power of Your Word can’t overcome.

I bring these thoughts in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Miniature Prayers #9

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Photo taken in Florida.

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

These very short, Scripture-based prayers can be used throughout the day to help take you to your next more extended prayer time and assist you in being able to keep in an attitude of prayer. These prayers can also be useful in emergency situations because of the power that comes through praying God’s Word.

How to use these prayers: print them or save them on your phone and use them as reminders to talk to your Heavenly Father throughout the day.

Bring these short prayers in Jesus’ Name.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.”

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Focusing Praise On God

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to ask You to show me how to effectively achieve Psalm 115:1. “Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us but to Your name give glory, because of Your mercy, because of Your truth.”

Man Hearing and God Speaking

Lord, I come in Jesus’ Name to ask You to show me how to increase my listening skills as expressed in Psalm 49:1, 3. “Hear this, all peoples; Give ear, all inhabitants of the world… My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart shall give understanding.”

Living a Spirit-Controlled Life 

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to ask You to enable me daily to follow Galatians 5:16. “I say than: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”

God’s Instructions On Confronting the Evil One

Lord, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank you for the advice in James 4:7-8a. “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”

God’s Consistency

Heavenly Father, I come in Your Son’s Name to thank you for the encouragement of knowing that You are always the same. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and foreverHebrews 13:8.

God’s Unlimited Supply

Gracious Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for doing Philippians 4:19 for me in the past, present, and future. “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”

 

 

Instruction for the Christian Life

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Photo taken in Hawaii.

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

All-wise Heavenly Father, I come to You in Your Son’s Name to thank you for showing me how to be successful in the physical world by giving me access to instructions, training manuals, etc. Far more importantly, you have provided me the manual to be able to live the Christian life (the Bible).

You have put instructions in the Scriptures about how to face any situation in life. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work2 Timothy 3:16-17.

Since what I read in books and magazines and what I look at on television and the internet has a strong influence in my life, direct me to examine carefully what I allow into my mind.

Make Philippians 4:8 a reality for me. “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of a good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things.”

Just as athletics, the arts, and most activities in life require constant repetition to get and stay in shape, encourage me to steadily repeat the spiritual exercises (prayer, reading the Word, confession, and worship) to stay spiritually strong.

Thank you that if I commit to the spiritual training You have laid out for the Christian life I can expect to receive your promise in Philippians 4:7. “And the peace of  God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

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

God’s Gift to Mankind

We have had many new followers since the start of our blog. Therefore, we are posting the plan of salvation again. The prayer of salvation is the first step required to having God hear all other prayers.

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Welcome to the “Salvation” page. The decision you make about the following information is the most important decision you will ever make in your life.

The Bible tells us:

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

Fortunately for us, God has provided the answer to our sin:

“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.” John 3:16

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”‘ John 14:6

By sending His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross, God has provided a way for us to have a relationship with Him. A relationship with God is our only way off the path of destruction and onto the path of righteousness that leads to Heaven. This relationship allows us to have the joy of the Lord in our hearts in this life “…for the joy of the LORD is your strength” Nehemiah 8:10.

In order to receive God’s grace, You must do what He instructs in Acts 16:31 “So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved…”

If you desire to become a child of God, pray a prayer similar to this one with faith in the truth of what God’s Word teaches about salvation:

Lord Jesus, I invite You to come into my heart. I recognize that I am a sinner, incapable of saving myself. I believe that You died on the cross for my sins and rose again. I choose now to follow and obey You as the Lord of my life and to turn away from my sin. I place my trust in You as my only Savior and my only way to salvation and I ask You to forgive me of my sins. Thank you, Jesus, for coming into my life and making me new. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” John 1:12

“He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” 1 John 5:12-13

According to God’s Word, you are now a Christian and a believer. To grow as God’s child, start by reading the Bible (begin with the book of John). Develop your personal prayer life and seek out fellowship with other believers in a Bible-teaching church.

May the Lord bless you as you go forward in your walk with Him.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”  2 Corinthians 5:17

If you have made the decision to accept Christ after reading this page, please let us know in the comments section below!

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Easter Blessings

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“The Empty Cross.” Photo taken by Elton Streyle at the Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden in Kerrville, TX.

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

Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to thank you for sending Your Son to die on the cross and for resurrecting Him on the third day. This means that Good Friday and Easter, for those of us who have accepted Jesus as our Savior, reminds us of how we can have a special identity with Him.

These two events allow me to experience Galatians 2:20 and be taken from spiritual death to life. “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 gave Himself for me.

The historical event of Easter allows me to someday spend eternity in Heaven. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting lifeJohn 3:16.

Thank you that until my final day here on earth, I can live my life being filled and controlled by your Spirit living within me. “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the SpiritEphesians 5:18.

Lord, if there are any hindrances in my life to living righteously because of sin, show them to me so that I can confess, repent and be made clean.  I do not want any communication blockage between You and me. I ask that You will direct my life in such a way that Psalm 118:19 will manifest itself in and through me. “Open to me the gates of righteousness; I will go through them, and I will praise the LORD.

Thank you that I can bring this prayer in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

The Influence of God’s Word in My Life

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Bible journaling by Sylvia S., photo by Ali.

 

Author: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali, Bible Journaling: Sylvia S.

I come to You in Jesus’ Name, Heavenly Father, to thank You for the light that You give as I walk through dark areas of life. “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” Psalm 119:105. “The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyesPsalm 19:8.

Father, empower me to comprehend the awesomeness of the fact that all Scripture is You speaking to me in written form. “All scripture is God-breathed2 Timothy 3:16.

Direct me to live my spiritual life in the same way as my physical life. Just as I can’t live without physical food each day, I need to have You give me a daily intake of Your Word and a time of quietness to hear from You. “Be still and know that I am your GodPsalm 46:10.

Show me how to mold my opinions and values around You and Your ways, not around the society that I live in. Thank you for putting in Your Word all the direction I need to be able to live a life of peace and joy. “Teach me your way O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name.Psalm 86:11.

Father, thank you for allowing me to bring these praises and requests in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

God’s Unchanging Love

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Photo taken in Hawaii.

Author: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali
Loving and faithful Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to thank you that every day I can rest on Your promise that You are never changing, always faithful, and loving. Despite my failures and shortcomings, Your love never wavers, falters or comes up short. Your assurance that You will never leave or forsake me brings great peace and joy in my life. “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself” 2 Timothy 2:13.
Lead me to comprehend and take seriously what it cost You for me to be able to have a wonderful love relationship with You. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5:8.
Direct me not to use Your grace and mercy as a means to simply do as I wish or as an excuse to sin.  Rather, show me how to use it as a platform from which to extend Your hand to others. Teach me to trust in the same promise You gave Israel in Isaiah 43:2-3 when I go through difficult times. “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Direct my experiences and actions to be an example for others to see how You demonstrate Your love and faithfulness.

I bring these thoughts in Jesus’ Name, Amen.