Prayer for Our Nation and its Leaders

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

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to be obedient to what You command us to do in Your Word (the Bible) in regard to our nation and its leaders. In 1 Timothy 2:1-2, Paul urges us to pray for our leaders at all levels of our government. He expresses it this way: “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.

I want to give You thanks for how You have put in place all our government leaders from the President down to the local level. It is because of this that we can function as a society with order, direction, and wisdom. Encourage all of us, wherever possible, to follow those You have put in leadership over us.

Direct us to understand and accept that all authority comes from You, whether we are a leader or a follower. Paul shares in Romans 13:1 how this is to work. It reads as follows: “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.

I ask that You direct our President, Vice-President, Congress, state, county, city, and school leaders to lead with a spirit of humility, to lay aside selfishness, and treat others with respect and common courtesy. Let them consider the interests of those they lead to be more important than their own.

Encourage me as we enter into another election season to be faithful, informed, and thoughtful when praying for our nation and its current and future leaders.

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

Prayer on the Advantages of Living With an Eternal Perspective

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

Compassionate Heavenly Father, I come to You through the Name of Jesus to thank You for the saving work Your Son did on the cross. Through His spilled blood and torn flesh, I have had the opportunity to be brought into a new life not needing to be controlled by sin. Romans 5:10For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

I ask that You give me the perspective to see my eternal worth through Your eyes and the lens of redemption, not of shame. ​Allow me to not only realize this, but also to act on it and live accordingly. Romans 5:9Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

Teach me to evaluate the things that I do and say through an eternal perspective. Give me the wisdom and strength to remove that which is not edifying and increase that which is of eternal significance. Mold my priorities and interests to Your will and bring me closer to You each day. Show me how to best minister to those around me.

I am blessed that I can find my hope in You, a hope that does not disappoint. Romans 5:5Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

In Jesus’ Name, thank you for Your many attributes (all knowing, ever present, unchanging, merciful, almighty, etc.) that are enough to handle any situation in my life. Amen.

Prayer for Anger Control by Using God’s Counsel

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

All wise and compassionate Heavenly Father, thank you for the many Bible verses that instruct on how to handle the very strong emotion of anger. As the old saying goes, “anger is only one letter away from danger.” I appreciate that You make it clear in Your Word that there is only one kind of anger that is acceptable; that is anger against the evil one and His ways. All other anger should be taken care of immediately. Ephesians 4:26-27 “‘Be angry, and do not sin,”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.

Thank you for avenging suffering and righting every wrong. You will fully vindicate when the time of judgement comes. I accept that You are the administrator of justice and willingly leave all retribution in Your hands. Psalm 7:10-11My defense is of God, who saves the upright in heart. God is a just judge, and God is angry with the wicked every day.

In the quest to subdue personal anger, I ask You to direct me to never become apathetic to areas in which I can miss the mark. Since Satan tries to use many different ways to instigate anger, give me the wisdom and the power to do what is expressed in Colossians 3:8-9. “But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds.

Thank you for all Your counsel, in the eternal, precious Name of Jesus, Amen.

A Prayer Based on Psalm 145 for When Burdens Seem More Than I Can Carry

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

Heavenly Father, I come to You through the Name of Your Son Jesus to bring You thanks and praise for Your never-ending love for me. Thank you that there are many places in Your Word, the Bible, that tell me You will never leave or forsake me during the times when my burdens seem more than I can carry. In fact, You tell me that You are always near and that I should call upon You. Psalm 145:18The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.

Remind me often in times of trouble of Jesus’ statement in Mathew 11:28-29. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” I appreciate that You promise never to allow more than I can bear. 1 Corinthians 10:13bBut God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able.

When life’s burdens seem to overwhelm me, give me the wisdom and strength to put my mind on the points David made in Psalm 145. Some of which are: Your greatness and power is beyond our comprehension. Verse 3: “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable.” You are gracious, compassionate, patient and merciful. Verses 8-9The 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.” As I work through my burdens, direct me to gain strength by reading over and over Psalm 145.

Thank you for Your love. Amen.

Miniature Scripture Prayers #21

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

Worship of God

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to praise and worship You as expressed in Jude 1:24-25. “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever.

The Greatest Joy’

Lord, in Jesus’ Name, as a believer in Jesus Christ, I thank You for the joy of Romans 5:1-2. “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Angelic Protection

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, I thank You that as a believer, You direct Your angels to protect me. Psalm 91:10-11No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.

Glorifying God

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name I ask because of 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 that You direct me to fulfill verse 20. “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

God the Protector

Gracious Lord, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for being for me what is expressed in Psalms 18:2. “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

God’s Unlimited Knowledge and Abilities

Lord, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You that as a believer in Jesus Christ, I am only a prayer away from Your assistance. Jeremiah 33:3Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.

Prayer About Jesus as My Watchful Shepherd

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

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name I thank You for Jesus giving His life for my salvation and being my Good Shepherd. In John 10:11, Jesus said: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.

It is a great blessing to know that after accepting Jesus Christ as my Savior, I belong to You now and for eternity. I have access to all the benefits for living the life that You have laid out in Your Word (Bible).

You also want to watch over me with love and protection just as a shepherd does for his sheep. As a child of Yours, direct me to be able to clearly listen to Your voice just as sheep listen to the voice of their shepherd. John 10:27My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

I am thankful that just like a shepherd supplies all of the needs of his sheep, You promise to supply all my needs according to the plan You have laid out for me in the present and the future. Philippians 4:19And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

It is such a peaceful thought to know that when this life is over and finished with all its sickness, pain, and suffering that I will be dwelling in Your house (Heaven) for eternity. There is no greater joy on this earth to think about than Psalm 23:6bAnd I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

To You be the Glory, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

Prayer Regarding Comfort When Resting in God

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

Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus to thank and praise You for the rest I can find in Your arms. You invite me to cast all my burdens and cares upon You, and You will carry me through this life.

I appreciate what Jesus said in Mathew 11:28-30. “Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest in your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” This verse seems like it would be easy to do, but I ask You to forgive me for the many times I give my cares and burdens to You, then take them back shortly thereafter and begin to worry or try to solve them in my own strength. Since I can do nothing apart from You, teach me to bring all things to You and leave them there, whether big or small, difficult or easy.

Develop in me the daily habit of practicing Hebrews 4:16. “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” ​Guide me to also accept and rest in Your promise in 2 Corinthians 12:9a. Jesus said: “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.

Remind me often that each day that I live is a testament to Your amazing grace and that I can claim nothing for myself. I thank You for the privilege of being a believer in Jesus Christ and being able to ​experience these verses and many others ​as a reality in my life. As this musical phrase states, “to God be the glory, great things He has done.”

Resting in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

2019 Prayer of Appreciation for Pastors and Staff

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Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name during this pastor appreciation month to give You thanks for giving us pastors and Christian workers. It is a great blessing that You have chosen certain people to be equipped with special knowledge and understanding of Your Word, the Bible. Thank you for how You direct them to inform and train others in how to come into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and live an effective Christian life.

Direct those of us in the church to understand that the pastor of our church will be only as effective as the prayer that goes up for him.

You tell us in Your Word that personal knowledge of Jesus Christ is life-changing, and that the more we know Him the more we will be like Him. Therefore, I pray for my pastor Ephesians 1:17-18a. “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 eyes of your understanding being enlightened…

We are living in such a chaotic world, so the Gospel message that pastors have to share is so even more powerful, important, and necessary for the world to know. Even so, remind pastors that their family is still their first responsibility. Deuteronomy 6:6-7a ‘”And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children…

Like Paul asked God in Ephesians 6:19, I ask for my pastor what is expressed in this verse. “And for me, that utterance be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel.

Because of the spiritual warfare that comes along with their role, encourage pastors to daily put on the armor of God as stated in Ephesians 6:13-18.

In Jesus’ Name, thank you for allowing me to lift up my pastor to you. Amen.

Prayer of Thanks for the Amazing Things God Does for Believers in Jesus

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

Lord, I come to You through the Name of Jesus to thank You for the extraordinary things that You have done in my life and the lives of many others who believe in You. You bless all those who follow You as expressed in Psalm 103:2-5. “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Despite my many failures, You continually pull me out of the pit of sin and set me back on the path of righteousness. You ​remove evil from me and put before me the righteousness of Your heart. Thank you for not repaying me for the sins I have committed.

Psalm 103:10 “He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities.” It is such a blessing to live with Your promise described in Psalm 103:8. “The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in mercy.” I ask You to direct me to more fully understand that You have supreme, unlimited power over the entire universe.

No matter how difficult life’s journey may be, show me how to rest and trust in all of the ​truths You provide in Your Word, the Bible. Thank you that I am a child of Yours and for covering me with showers of blessing. To You be all glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Prayer for Victory Over Fear

 

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

Heavenly Father, I come in the Name of Your Son, Jesus, to thank You for the victory You provide over fear. You have even given me a way not to have to fear death. I was doomed for the pits of Hell, destined for an eternity of suffering. But then You sent Your Son Jesus to give His life to pay for my sin and provide a way for me to have an eternal home in Heaven. Thank you that all I have to do to have the gift of salvation is be obedient to the instruction in Your Word (the Bible). John 3:15 “That whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” In addition to eternity in Heaven, Your Salvation has freed me so that I can live my life in the present not in fear, but in boldness, proclaiming Your mighty love to the world.

Forgive me for the times when I resort to living in fear. I know that because I am in a relationship with You, there is nothing to fear. There is no problem 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.”

Show me how to not be fearful of the things of this world, but rather set my eyes upon You and Your Word. Remind me often of the truth found in 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” I desire for You to enable me to hold fast to these truths in Your Word, giving me the strength and confidence to carry on the life You have called me to.

In Jesus’ Name, thank you for giving me peace instead of fear, Amen.