Prayer from Hebrews 12:1-13 About Accepting God’s Discipline as Part of His Love

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

Loving Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for Your multifaceted role as my Heavenly Father. Often I see You as Redeemer, Savior, and Friend, which is important and true about You. However, just as an earthly father does, You desire to be a big part of my life when it comes to directing and correcting me to do what is ultimately best for me.

Sometimes it can be difficult to see how You use problems and hardships as a loving correction rather than what sometimes seems like purposeless pain. Hebrews 12:6-7For whom the LORD loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.” If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?

I ask that You develop in me a good perspective of what is expressed in verse 11 about my times of trial and correction. May I accept it gratefully as the appropriate response toward a loving Heavenly Father. “Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

As difficult as some of these situations may be to develop Christian maturity in me, may all of Your loving training for me also be an example of encouragement for believers around me who may be weak and struggling to believe, follow, and mature in Christ.

In Jesus’ Name, thank you for conforming me more and more to the likeness of Jesus through Your loving process. Amen.

Prayer on Psalm 1: The Way of the Righteous vs. the Way of the Ungodly

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

Just Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ precious Name, thank you for Your Word (the Bible) and the truth in it. You make it very clear in Psalm 1 that there are only two roads I can travel: the way of the righteous or the way of the ungodly.

Verse 1Blessed is the man who walks not in the council of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.Verse 4The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.

Thank you that regardless of the situations I face as a believer, my salvation is secure. John 3:15That whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

In regard to verse 2, I ask You to well up in me a deep desire to study and know Your Word and make it a delight. Give me the strength and the will to meditate on Your Word and to be counted among the righteous in Your sight. The more I know and understand Your Word, the more wisdom I will have to base my daily decisions and life on. Verse 2But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.

Remind me often about the seriousness of sharing the Gospel with unbelievers. Your Word describes their future as very devastating ​if they do not turn to You. Verse 6For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

In Jesus’ Name, thank you for making it very easy, in Your Word, to understand what kind of life you want me to live as a Christian, and that You want to watch over all aspects of my life. Amen.

Prayer About Living in Anticipation of Jesus Christ’s Return

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

Merciful Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for all the information in Your Word, the Bible, about Jesus’ return to earth. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”

I wait with eager anticipation for that day when You make everything perfect and deliver me from the work of the evil one. What a beautiful day that will be, to see Jesus face to face and be swept into His loving arms.

Direct me to be watchful and ready at all times for His return, because no one knows the day or the time. Matthew 24:36 Jesus said, “but of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”

While waiting for Jesus to arrive, direct me to have my lamps burning and serve You. Give me the strength and wisdom to make this time before Jesus returns effective for Your kingdom. I know You want me to do what I can to invite as many people as possible into the family of God by having them accept Jesus Christ into their life. 1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

Thank You for the great comfort found in the knowledge of Jesus’ second coming. To You God, be the glory for what You have done, are doing, and will do. In Jesus’ name, Amen

Instructive Prayer Quotes #17

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“He that is a stranger to prayer is a stranger to God.” ~Billy Sunday

And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” John 14:13

“There is no such thing as a distance when God’s children pray.” ~Pastor John Hagge

“True prayer is a dialogue, not a monologue. It means we talk to God, then we listen.” ~Charles Stanley

“The path to peace is paved with prayer.” ~Max Lucado

“What a person is on his knees before God, that he is, and nothing more. ~Robert Murray M’Cheyne

Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17

“Prayer is one of the most important activities for a Christian. It is to continually include God in every situation.” ~Elton Streyle

“Prayer changes hearts.” ~Joni Eareckson Tada

“When I get down, I get down on my knees.” ~Anonymous

 

 

Back to School Prayer with Coronavirus Concerns

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

All powerful and wise Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus Name to thank You that there is nothing that You are not aware and in control of, including the coronavirus. Revelation 1:8 ‘”I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.“‘

I ask that You give supernatural wisdom to school boards, administrators , teachers, and janitors on how to keep their schools free of the virus. (Name a specific school or schools.) James 1:5If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

Put a hedge of protection around the students and teachers to protect them from the virus in whatever situation they are in. (Name students and teachers you know.) Psalm 91:11-12For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.

Since these are very difficult and anxious times for many parents, I ask that You will encourage them to act on 1 Peter 5:7. “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

For any students, teachers, or parents who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus as their Savior, direct them to make that their highest priority this school year. John 3:17For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” Thank you for Your peace in the midst of chaos. Amen.

Prayer About the Power of Praise by a Christian

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

Praiseworthy Heavenly Father, I come to bring You praise through the Name of Your Son. Thank you that I have the privilege to humbly bow before Your presence and proclaim that You are Lord over all. You reign high above all and no one compares to You.

You made me with the intent ​of having a worship experience with You through praise. You say in Your Word, the Bible, in Psalm 145:3, “great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable.

You want me to praise You for my spiritual development, not because You need my praise. Psalm 100:4Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him and bless His name.

Thank you that if I get off the road of faith and onto the road of discouragement, focusing on praising You will help get me back on the right track.

It is a blessing that even in my hardest times and difficult situations, You encourage me to continue to spend time in praise centered on Your holy and perfect attributes. As hard as that may seem, it is a way that You refocus my heart and mind on Your love and goodness.

Direct me to always reflect on Romans 8:28 as one of the reasons to praise You because ultimately, “we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

In Jesus Name, I ask You to direct me to have the strength to praise You in all circumstances so I can build a solid confidence in You like Paul expressed in Philippians 4:13. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Amen.

Miniature Scripture Prayers #26

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Jesus Christ’s Power Against Satan

All powerful Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you that as a believer in Jesus Christ I can quote Mathew 4:10 when tempted. Jesus said, “away with you Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.‘”

The God of All Comfort

Comforting Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for the promise in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

Seeking and Knocking

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, direct me in my pursuing You as stated in Mathew 7:7-8. “‘Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

Alert to False Teaching

All wise Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, I ask You to make me very sensitive to the teaching in Mathew 7:15-16a. “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits.

The Dwelling Place of the Holy Spirit

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you that as a believer in Christ the Holy Spirit lives 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?

Two Greatest Gifts

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for these two precious gifts expressed in the Bible. Isaiah 9:6For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” 1 Corinthians 15:3bChrist died for our sins according to the Scriptures.

Prayer on 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22 Characteristics for Living an Encouraging Life

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

Heavenly Father, I come before Your glorious throne today in Jesus’ Name to give You praise and thanks for the life You have offered me to live in a way encouraging to others. You have given me an opportunity to rid myself of my old, tattered, sinful ways and accept the perfection of Jesus Christ as my own.

It is not always easy to be an encouraging person, but thank you for Your instruction in the Bible in 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22. This scripture gives me a beautiful picture of what life should look like in the Christian community. Lead me into patience and encouragement for those who are weak and fainthearted.

Verse 14:Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.” Give me a heart to not seek revenge, but rather to do good to others in love. Verse 15:See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.

Your Word has a lot to say about the work of the Holy Spirit in a Christian’s life. Therefore, direct me to cooperate with Him in whatever He wants to accomplish in and through me. Zechariah 4:6b‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit.’Verse 19:Do not quench the Spirit.

Develop in me a sensitivity about how my life will affect those in my personal family as well as those in the Christian community. Direct me to fulfill the point raised in verse 22. “Abstain from the appearance of evil” (KJV).

In order to practice all that You have laid out in these verses, develop in me the attitude of verse 17, “pray without ceasing,” and verse 16, “rejoice always.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer About the Two Greatest Changes When Becoming a Christian

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

Gracious Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for the great blessing of salvation which gives me a home in heaven eternally. In John 3:15 Jesus said “that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

It has been a huge blessing and complete change for me when You saved me and did for me what You promised Israel in the Old Testament in Ezekiel 36:27a. “I will put My Spirit within you.” The indwelling of the Spirit has allowed me to have the Holy Spirit as my helper, guide in all truth, and a source of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, self control, wisdom, and power.

It is such a joy to see the effect that the power of Your Word has on my life. It has given me instruction on how to be saved and now, if I allow it, it will sanctify, instruct, and direct every phase of my life until I enter Heaven’s doors. Psalm 119:105Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Thank You that as a child of Yours, I can come to the place where all answers can be found. Hebrews 4:16Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and grace to help in time of need.” Direct me to continually incorporate Your Word in all situations and rely on it for all power.

I give thanks and praise for all Your attributes expressed in the Bible. I am specifically grateful for the following characteristics described by Your Names: the Lord my provider, the Lord my healer, the Lord my banner, the Lord my shepherd, the Lord my peace, the Lord my righteousness, and the Lord my sanctifier.

In Jesus’ Name, and from the bottom of my heart, thank you for who You are and for what You do for me. Amen.

2020 4th of July Prayer

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Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name I come to thank You that in 1776 You put it on the hearts and minds of 56 men from 13 colonies to sign the Declaration of Independence for our freedom. We have been able to celebrate this event ever since that day. History tells us that many of these men were believers in You. I ask that You forgive us as a nation and as individuals for ignoring or just forgetting about all of the blood shed for our freedom.
It is because You have blessed us as a nation (Psalm 33:12aBlessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.“) that I have the privilege of experiencing the greatest liberty of all.
That liberty is the blessing of being able to be free from sin and eternal death in hell. You provided this for me through Jesus Christ. John 8:36 “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
In spite of all the chaos, ungodly activity, and false teaching about our godly heritage, I ask that You draw the next generation to Yourself through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  This will help them defend and keep freedom for their future.
Before I start celebrating the 4th with good food, family, friends, and all kinds of entertainment and fireworks, remind me to stop and think about what I am actually celebrating: living in a free nation and being able to worship You as my Creator, Savior, and Lord.
In Jesus’ Name, direct me to follow the admonition in Galatians 5:1Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Amen.