Prayer Using Philippians 4:4-9 for Experiencing the Joy of the Lord Versus Temporary Happiness

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

Heavenly Father, I come to You through the redeeming work of Jesus Christ. I give You praise and thanks for the joy that my personal relationship with You has given and is giving. Your nearness gives me more peace and joy than anything in this world ever could. Philippians 4:5Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

Guard me from the common and dangerous perception that the temporary happiness in this life is all that there is. Your Word in the Bible makes it clear that there is no comparison to the joy that can be found in a good relationship with You. Show me how the happiness of this world is fleeting, never quite satisfying enough, and forces a person to, in frustration, continually search for more and more. As Solomon so aptly put in Ecclesiastes 5:10, “he who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; nor he who loves abundance, with increase. This also is vanity.

Direct me to clearly understand when I am searching for peace and contentment that I can only find it from my relationship with You. John 14:27aPeace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.

You point out in Philippians 4:8 many of the characteristics that will help develop in me the joy of the Lord. I ask for further maturity in all of them. “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy- meditate on these things.

In Jesus Name, thank you that the joy of the Lord comes from You and not my self effort. Amen.

Miniature Scripture Prayers #24

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Thought Life Controlled by God

All-knowing Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name I ask You to guide and control my thought life. 2 Corinthians 10:5Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

Confidence in God’s Sovereignty

Sovereign Lord, I ask in Jesus’ Name that You direct me to have the same confidence in Your sovereignty as Job did in Job 42:1-2. “Then Job answered the LORD and said: “I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.‘”

Reconciliation Through Jesus

Loving Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for Jesus’ reconciliation for me. 2 Corinthians 5:21For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Power of God’s Holy Spirit

All-powerful Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, direct me to fully understand where strength comes from as expressed in Zechariah 4:6b. ‘”Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.“‘

God Upholds the Believer

Sustaining Lord, I come to You in the Name of Jesus to thank You for the invite and promise in Psalm 55:22. “Cast your burden on the LORD, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

Secure in the Lord

All-powerful Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name I praise and thank You for the peace, joy and comfort of Your promise in Hebrews 13:5b. ‘”I will never leave you nor forsake you.‘”

God, the Ultimate Protector

Protecting Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for providing the perfect protection. Psalm 18:30As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

Prayer About Trusting in God as My Fortress and Refuge During the Coronavirus Crisis

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Protecting Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for the image Psalm 59:16 portrays of You being all around me. I praise You for being my strong anchor against all foes. But I will sing of Your power; yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; for You have been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble.

Thank you for the promise of power in Your Word. “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.1 John 4:4

What a wonderful comfort it is to know that as your child, I can always find refuge in You, my fortress. Teach me how to better grasp the concept of Your faithfulness and to experience it through Your Word.

You have told me many times in Scripture that You want to be my first line of defense. Therefore, I bring You the following concerns about the Coronavirus: ___________________.

I ask that you will direct all of my family with the wisdom of where to go and not to go. Encourage each of them to rely on their Godly training in all situations. Provide protection and comfort to them in this difficult time.

I release these concerns to You so that I, by faith, may receive Your mercy, grace, and help in my times of need. “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

I ask that unbelievers and believers in many parts of the world who are suffering from this crisis would turn to You as their Savior or as their shelter and refuge.

Thank you that I can rest in Your powerful might, which is stronger than any method of self-defense I could ever devise.

I ask and pray these things to You in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

P.S. The promises in these verses will only work for you if you are a born again believer in Jesus Christ. If you need guidance in making this decision, see the Salvation tab on our blog. There is no more critical time to make this decision than now.

Prayer on Submitting Life to God’s Control

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Trustworthy Heavenly Father, I come in Your Son’s Name to thank You for the peace and comfort I can have by calling on You and yielding my life to You. John 14:27Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

In light of the fact that You tell me in Your Word (the Bible) that the enemy is looking to destroy anyone and anything He can (1 Peter 5:8c “Your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour“), lead and direct me to walk close to You. My flesh is weak and undependable. I ask to be filled and controlled daily by Your Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:25If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

May I have every thought and desire be directed by You. Your Word (the Bible) has much to say about how in You alone can I find rest from my burdens. Teach me to draw near to You and Your purposes for my daily life.

It is my desire that You direct me in such a way that I experience and enjoy Matthew 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 for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” With an open, yielding heart I bring this prayer to You through the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Miniature Scripture Prayers #23

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God’s Call to Holiness

Lord, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to ask You to direct me to be obedient to 1 Peter 1:15-16. “But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “be holy, for I am holy.’

God’s Perfect Wisdom

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name I thank You that as a believer in Jesus Christ I have access to Your perfect wisdom. James 3:17But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.

Denying Ungodly Living

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, direct me to be obedient to Your instructions for Godly living found in Titus 2:12. “Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age.

Walking in the Spirit

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to ask You to continually develop Galatians 5:22-23 in my life. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

God’s Requirement for His People

Lord, in Jesus’ Name, direct me to be obedient to the instruction in Micah 6:8. “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

Controlling Our Words

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name I ask You to do for me Psalm 141:3. “Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.

Personal Relationship With God

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for my personal relationship with You and for being near to me in all situations as written in Nahum 1:7. “The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust Him.

Prayer on Living in Unity With Others Through Jesus Christ


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Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, I thank You for creating me to function best by living in community with others. Direct me how to best accomplish living in oneness in a world that is filled with disunity. I appreciate the apostle Paul’s advice in 1 Corinthians 1:10.Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

It is a privilege to have You put people around me and into my life to shape, mold, test, and encourage me. I appreciate that with the direction of the Holy Spirit, I am able to participate in the wonderful gift of Godly community. Lead me to ask for forgiveness when I complain about the minor inconveniences or things I don’t like about others. Direct me to constantly be willing to practice Colossians 3:13-14a. “Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love.

I know that I can’t achieve the types of relationships You describe in Your Word without Your love and guidance. Give me the strength and perseverance to build strong relationships of unity, and not division. I want to receive what David describes in Psalm 133:1. “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

In Jesus’ wonderful Name, Amen.

Prayer About Valentine’s Day as a Reminder of God’s Love

IMG_7587Loving Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for the reminder this Valentine’s season gives about love. In spite of the joy of seeing so much around us about love made up of cards, flowers, teddy bears, and candy, it does not come close to the genuine, lasting love You have for us.

Your Word, the Bible, has many expressions about how much You love Your children. The ultimate expression is found in John 3:16. “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.

So many times, my love is conditional. How great it is that Your love is unconditional. It is not based on who I am or what I say or do. I could not earn Your love no matter how hard I tried. It is wonderful that Your love is based on Your unfailing character. Romans 5:8But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

It is Your love for me, and the Holy Spirit dwelling in me, which allows me to have the privilege of loving others with a genuine love as expressed in John 13:34. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”

Thank you for the many Scripture passages in the Bible like 1 Corinthians 13 that give direction on what Christ’s love through me can and should look like. You point out in the Bible that there are many spiritual gifts, but love is one that we all have and should demonstrate.

As I go out in the world and see many different expressions of love, direct me to always put far more focus on Your love.

In Jesus’ Name, thank you for the powerful message in this little chorus: “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” Amen.

Prayer by Using the Sword of the Spirit

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All wise and powerful Heavenly Father, I come in the Name of Jesus to thank You for the blessing of the Sword of the Spirt (Your Word, the Bible). Ephesians 6:17 “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

What an incredible, powerful gift You have given me to defend myself from the attacks of the evil one. Just like Jesus used the Scriptures to refute the devil’s lies and twisted truth in the wilderness, teach me to quote and obey Bible verses as an important tool in resisting his attacks. Jesus 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.'”

It is a wonderful blessing, and I praise You for it, that Your Word brings truth into my life. That I can trust it as a firm foundation on which to build my life. Every word in the Bible is inspired by You, and is trustworthy and profitable for instruction in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”

Thank you for all that You have shared about how Your Word is a protection against false teaching and a guide to how I should live. In light of all Your advice, direct me to store up Your Word in my mind and heart and hide Your truth in the depths of my soul. I come with a grateful heart for the wisdom in Your Scriptures. Amen.

Prayer for Strengthening a Believer’s Faith in Christ by Looking at God’s Historical Evidence in the Bible

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All powerful and wise Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name thankful for and remembering the extraordinary events recorded in Your Word (the Bible). Romans 15:4For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” It is a great blessing to know that I can read Your Book (the Bible) and know that the God who created the whole world and everything in it, including me, is still the same God. Hebrews 13:8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Thank you for the following examples:
1. In times when I need faith like Noah did building the Ark, direct me to read Genesis 6.

2. In the times when I need deliverance like Daniel did in the lions’ den, to read Daniel 6.

3. When I need encouragement to overcome difficult situations like Moses crossing the Red Sea, to read Exodus 14.

4. If I am having a problem with sin like David did with Bathsheba, to read Psalm 51.

As I read these stories and many others in the Bible, I thank You for Your consistent nature of love, goodness, patience, power, wisdom, mercy and grace. Psalm 145:3Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable.” It is awesome that You, the God who is involved in all these stories, is the same God who is living within me through the Holy Spirit simply because of my accepting the free gift of Your Son Jesus Christ as my Savior. Reading about all of Your past actions encourages me to live life now, and in the future, with confidence ​instead of fear.

Thank you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer About the Work of the Indwelling Holy Spirit

 

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

Heavenly Father, I come to You through the Name of my Savior Jesus Christ with a thankful heart for You having the Holy Spirt of God dwell within me. This blessing happened at the time I put my faith in Jesus as my Savior. 1 Corinthians 6:19Or 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?

I acknowledge my dependence on You and that apart from You, there is nothing good. You are the source of all righteousness. 2 Corinthians 3:5Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God.” Teach me to let go of my own strength and to recognize that You want to be my comforter and guide me into all truth through the Holy Spirit. By obeying You and Your guidance, I can thwart the constant negative power of the flesh ​that is still living within me.

It is a beautiful privilege to have Your Holy Spirit lift me up in my times of weakness and distress. In those times when I can’t find the right words to say, I can share my heart with You and You will intercede and straighten out my prayer. Romans 8:26Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

In Jesus’ Name, I ask You to daily direct me to yield myself to the Holy Spirit for full control over all parts of my life. Ephesians 5:18bBe filled with the Spirit.” Amen.