Comfort, Blessing and Peace of Mind

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

Heavenly Father,  in Jesus’ Name, thank you for the many promises in Your Word about one of man’s greatest needs and desires, peace of mind.  Since I can never totally avoid the conflict and strife in the world around me, many times I get caught up in the day to day stress, grief and sorrows ​of this life.

Show me how to rest in the marvelous gift of peace You have given to those who believe in Jesus. “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the worldJohn 16:33.

What an amazing statement of power and peace. It is such a blessing to have You make it clear in Your Word that after accepting Jesus as my Savior my peace with God is secure forever. It is only the peace of God that I have to pursue for the rest of my life. “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus ChristRomans 5:1.

Keep me from fixating on the illusions of peace this world brings but rather, direct me to focus on the promise and the instruction in Isaiah 26:3. “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Direct me to trust the peace of Christ to rule in my heart and mind, and to give You the glory for that peace.

I bring this prayer in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Prayer for Comfort During Grief

 

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**This prayer is for those who have lost a loved one or a friend due to death**

Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to thank You that I can come to You as Your Child. In John 6:47 Jesus said, “most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.” Being separated from a loved one or a friend by death happens to all of us. It is probably one of the hardest, most heart-breaking things we are facing or will have to face. Direct me to understand and accept that the death of this loved one or friend was no surprise to you, but ​is part of Your perfect plan. Job 14:5A person’s days are determined; You have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed” (NIV).

At this difficult time, I do not comprehend everything in John 16:20, but I am believing and trusting in Your promise. “You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy” (NIV).

It is such a blessing that You have created me ​with the ability to remember this special person in my life. Sometimes it will bring forth difficult times of sorrow, but under Your direction and time, You will bring comfort and joy from precious memories. Proverbs 10:7The memory of the righteous is a blessing” (ESV).

Since ​being without this person has radically changed my life and I must develop a new normal, I am depending on You for wisdom and direction. I am going to do what You tell me to in 1 Peter 5:7Cast all your anxiety upon him for he cares for you.

I ask You to direct me to put my focus on the following promises:

Psalm 32:8I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” (NIV)

2 Corinthians 12:9 Jesus said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.

Philippians 4:19And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Thank you for the peace and comfort You provide with these scriptures as well as many others.

In Jesus’ loving Name, Amen.

Miniature Prayers #15

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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.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.”

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In Times of Despair

Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to thank You that in times of trouble I can cry out to You: “Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications” and that You will hear my prayers Psalm 130:2.

Showing Love for Others

Heavenly Father, I come in Your Son’s Name to ask You to guide my life so that I will demonstrate John 13:35. “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

God-Honoring Speech

Lord, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to ask You to direct my speaking to exemplify Psalm 19:14. “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.”

Christians Living in Unity

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for the wise instructions ​You give to Christians in Psalm 133:1. “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”

God’s Consistency

Lord, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You that I can trust in You and Your Word to be the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Malachi 3:6 “For I am the LORD, I do not change…”

Christ, the Fullness of the Godhead

Lord, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to thank You that with the Holy Spirit living within me I have access to Jesus as expressed in Colossians 2:3. “In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

Inquiring of God: A Prayer Based on 1 Chronicles 14:8-17

 

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All-wise Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, I thank you for never getting tired of me coming to You for Your ever present guidance in my life. “For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understandingProverbs 2:6.

Forgive me for the times I wait until I am in trouble to ask for Your wisdom and direction. Show me through David’s example how to correctly communicate with You about all that happens in my life.

When David had to decide if He should go into battle with the Philistines He did the following: “And David inquired of God, saying, ‘Shall I go up against Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?”‘

You, God, responded with this statement: “Go up, for I will deliver them into your hand1 Chronicles 14:10.

Direct me to be like David when I am faced with a ​situation I am not sure how to handle. Rather than leaning on his previous wisdom, he wisely came to you again for ​guidance to make the correct choice.

Therefore David inquired again of God, and God said to him, “You shall not go up after them; circle around them, and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees“‘ 1 Chronicles 14:14.

Show me how to have the obedience David had. “So David did as God commanded him, and they drove back the army of the Philistines from Gibeon
as far as Gezer1 Chronicles 14:16.

Loving Father, I ask for the kind of faith David had to rely on Your wisdom in all that I do. Encourage me to look to You for guidance in every circumstance, no matter how sure I might feel ​that I know the right decision.

I bring ​these requests in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Responding to God’s Instruction

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Heavenly Father, teacher and guide, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for all the wisdom and direction You set forth in Proverbs 15:1-5. Direct me to internalize the precepts and concepts in this portion of Scripture as I pause for a few moments after reading each verse.

Proverbs 15:1A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stir up anger.
Lord, show me any area in my relationships with others where I am failing to live out this verse. Give me the grace I need to make any corrections.

Proverbs 15:2 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge  rightly, but the mouth of fools
pours out foolishness.” Keep me alert so that I can wisely use the knowledge You give and direct me to never be a part of foolishness.

Proverbs 15:3The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.” Thank you that one day You will balance everything by punishing the evildoers and rewarding those who do Your will. I ask You to direct me how to grow in my ability to follow Your will.

Proverbs 15:4A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.” May my words always build up, and never violate or crush anyone’s spirit.

Proverbs 15:5A fool despises his father’s instruction, but he who receives correction is prudent.” Give me the grace to accept reproof from You, my Heavenly Father. Thank you for the Godly wisdom You have instilled in my life through my parents from childhood to the present.

I thank You that I can bring these requests in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

**To further understand this theme, finish reading Proverbs 15**

New Year’s Prayer 2019

 

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Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to thank You for the blessing of being able to complete another year. Some of the events I have experienced have not necessarily been enjoyable. But according to Your Word (the Bible) nothing has happened by accident. As hard as it may be to understand and accept some situations, direct me to trust in the truth of Romans 8:28. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

I welcome Your encouragement expressed in Isaiah 41:10 where You promise to be with me in whatever this coming year brings. “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 enter this new year, I ask that You will direct me to be even more conscious and grateful of Your presence in my life. I praise You for the encouragement ​I receive as ​Your child, and for being able to rely on the following divine attributes of Yours:

You are all powerful. Nothing is too difficult for You. Jeremiah 32:17 “‘Ah, 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.

You are all knowing. You are intimately acquainted with all my ways. Psalm 139:1-3O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and you are acquainted with all my ways.

You are always loving, merciful, compassionate and gracious. 1 John 3:1aBehold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!

You are always unchanging, the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Malachi 3:6a “‘For I am the LORD, I do not change.“‘

Thank you that I am able to greet the New Year with courage because of Your unlimited resources available to me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Christmas Prayer 2018

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Lord, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for the hope, joy and light that the Christmas season brings. I praise You for the blessing of Your Son Jesus and for the time that is set aside to celebrate His birth and coming to earth. Luke 2:11 “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

What amazing love You showed when You sent Your only begotten Son to be humbled in the form of a helpless baby. A few years later, You again showed Your love for me when Jesus died on the cross carrying all my sin. This provided a way of salvation (by believing and accepting Jesus in my life) for me to be with You in heaven forever after leaving this earth. John 3:16For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Direct me to make the celebration of Your tremendous love for me the center of this holiday season. Show me how to block out all the distractions and sometimes, chaos, that can accompany this time of the year so that I can focus on Jesus, the true meaning of Christmas. I ask that by the time the festivities stop, I will be rejuvenated and refocused on Christ my Savior. Encourage me throughout the next year to often meditate and rejoice on the words of this Christmas carol:

Joy to The World
Joy to the world! The Lord is come; let earth receive her King. Let every heart prepare Him room, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

Thank you for allowing me to experience the great joy of Christmas. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Miniature Prayers #14

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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.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.”

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God’s Promise for Strength

Lord, I come in Jesus’ Name for the promise of strength in Isaiah 40:29. “He [God] gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength.”

Knowing God Better

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to ask for what You express in Ephesians 1:17. “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.”

The Washing Away of Sin

Lord, I come in Jesus’ Name to ask You to direct me often to practice 1 John 1:9. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Delivered From Hell

Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name, as a believer, to thank You for the gift expressed in Psalm 86:13. “For great is Your mercy toward me, and You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol [Hell].”

Hearing And Obeying God

Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to ask You to show me how to better live out Isaiah 30:21. “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.”

Inner Peace From God

Lord, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to ask You to direct my life so that I can receive the blessing of Psalm 128:1. “Blessed is every one who fears the LORD, who walks in His ways.”

 

 

Christian Love for Others

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

Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name, asking You to guide me in my Christian walk. I want my life to demonstrate John 13:35. “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Thank you for the example You gave me through Your Son. He (Jesus) gave His life for me, and for every person on earth, and there is no greater love than this. “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the crossPhilippians 2:8.

Since You have called me to love all those who I cross paths with, show me how to let Your light shine through me to them. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heavenMatthew 5:16.

Thank you that ​no matter how different I might be from my brothers and sisters in the faith, I can know that we share a connection deeper than this world can give, a love for Christ Jesus.

I need You to give me grace and encouragement to fulfill the love You have commanded me to have in Mathew 5:44. “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.”

Remind me often that the best witness I can be for You is to show the love of Christ to the lost around me. Give me the courage to share with them about ​the sacrificial love He showed when He died on the cross for us.

Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Living Under the Sovereignty of God

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

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, I thank you for taking an interest in everything about me. In Psalm 139:1-3, Your Word says, “O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.

Thank you for the encouragement and peace that I can find even while living in this troubled world by recognizing some of Your many attributes:

You have no limitations

Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for YouJeremiah 32:17.

You are unchanging at all times

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and foreverHebrews 13:8.

You promise to always be with me

“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall hold me, and your right hand shall hold mePsalm 139: 7-10.

Direct me not to be living in anxiety and fear. Instead, may I wholly trust in Your sovereignty over my life, and know that You are in control and nothing can defeat Your purpose or derail Your plan for me.

Show me how to rest in the truth of Proverbs 19:21. “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” (NIV)

I bring this prayer in Jesus’ Name, Amen.