2019 Father’s Day Prayer and Tribute

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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.

Miniature Scripture Prayers #18

 

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Protection from Evil

Powerful Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for Your protection from Satan. 2 Thessalonians 3:3But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.

Knowing and Hearing God

Lord, I come in Your Son’s Name to ask You to better develop in me the ability to hear and know You. Psalm 143:8Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, for in You do I trust; cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You.

Going to the Throne of Grace

Lord, I come to You in Your Son’s Name to thank You for inviting me to meet with You. 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.”

Wisdom for Living

All wise Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name I ask You to direct me to be a Proverbs 1:5 person. “A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel.

Thanks for God’s Attributes

Compassionate Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your wonderful attributes recorded in Psalm 145:8-9. “The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The LORD is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.

Assurance That the Word in the Bible Came from God

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for the assurance in 2 Peter 1:20-21 that Your Word came from You (God). “Knowing this first , that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

Prayer for Control Over Temptation

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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

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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

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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

 

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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.

Miniature Scripture Prayers #17

 

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

Renewal of the Mind

Lord, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to thank You for the promise and encouragement in 2 Corinthians 4:16b. “Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.”

Awesomeness of the Human Body

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for the wonder of the human body. “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” Psalm 139:14a.

Deliverance from Evil

Heavenly Father, I come in Your Son’s Name to ask You to always guide me away from ​evil, as it is expressed in Psalm 141:4. “Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men who work iniquity; and do not let me eat of their delicacies.”

Jesus as Mediator

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, ​and thereby allowing me to approach You. 1 Timothy 2:5-6 “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”

Reaping What We Sow

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to ask You to enable me to practice the second part of Galatians 6:8 and refrain from doing the first part. “For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”

Sufficiency of God’s Grace

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for Your promise of grace expressed in 2 Corinthians 12:9. Jesus said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

Experiencing the Blessing of New Life in Christ

 

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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.

2019 Easter Prayer

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

Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Your risen, living Son Jesus to give You praise and thanksgiving for this Easter celebration and for the atoning death on the cross of Your spotless Son. In addition to taking my place on the cross, You accepted the fate that should have been mine, and bore the punishment of death for my sin, allowing me to be set free. Philippians 2:8And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”

How wonderful it is that the Easter story does not end with Jesus’ death. It also shows the resurrection power of God. Mathew 28:5-6aBut the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen.‘”

Thank you for providing a way to overcome the power of sin. Simply by my accepting and believing in Jesus as Savior, You have given me the righteousness of God through the saving work of Your Son. 2 Corinthians 5:21 “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

Direct me to comprehend and appreciate the true meaning of all that happened as we celebrate this special day of Easter. It is no small thing that ​Jesus traded the immeasurable worth of His righteousness for something as worthless as man’s sin.

In Jesus’ Name, I thank You for all the blessings this Easter season brings to mind, Amen.

God Listens to Those Who Call

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

Heavenly Father, I come in the Name of Jesus to thank You for Your presence in my life. ​I appreciate the fact that You always listen when I call out Your Name. In times of trouble, I can rely on You to be there no matter how insignificant I may feel ​at the time ​or how insignificant my problems may seem compared to the problems of others. You not only hear me, but act upon my prayers in Your sovereign timing. Psalm 34:17The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.

You know the desires and the inner workings of my heart, and I am trusting that You know what is best. Even when things are not going as I had planned, You are still there and listening. Sometimes You are silent, but I know that it is not from a lack of caring. Rather, it may be a way of getting my attention. Teach me to be patient in times of silence and wait to hear from You. Micah 7:7Therefore I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; My God will hear me.

I recognize that it is only through the work of Jesus dying on the cross and His resurrection and saving grace that I can be seen as righteous in Your eyes. 1 Peter 3:12aFor the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers.” It is such a blessing to have the privilege of learning from Your Word (The Bible) and communicating with You in prayer.

Thank You for allowing me to bring these thoughts to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.