Miniature Scripture Prayers #24

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

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 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 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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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.

Prayer for Wise, Godly Learning Versus Foolish Failure

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All wise Heavenly Father, I humbly come to You through the Name of Jesus, acknowledging that it is only through You that I can obtain true wisdom. You are the source of all knowledge, and apart from You there is no truth. Thank you that I can gain wisdom by studying and trusting Your Word (the Bible) to reveal it to me. Proverbs 2:6-8For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; He guards the paths of justice, and preserves the way of His saints.

I know when I try to do things in my own strength, it can only lead to disappointment and failure. Forgive me that sometimes, in foolishness, I still try to do things my own way. Direct me to have complete dependence on You each day for Your wisdom and direction. Isaiah 41:13For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘fear not, I will help you.’

Teach me to love Your righteous instruction even through times of discipline. Allow me not to see it as a hinderance, but rather as an opportunity to learn and grow in my faith. Proverbs 12:1Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.

As I read Your Word (the Bible), it is apparent that real success and being able to avoid foolishness come only from reading and acting on the instructions that You (God) lay out. Therefore, I ask You to direct me to be nourished daily from Your Word ​so that You can bring the greatest sense of order in my life.

Thank you. In the Name of my precious Savior, Amen.

Prayer for Christmas 2019

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Giving Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ wonderful Name to thank You for giving us Your Son. It is a great blessing that not only was He born, but that He died on the cruel cross for our sin and was raised from death. By accepting Him, He gives us an eternal home in Heaven. Luke 2:11For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

It is an encouragement that Jesus’ birthplace, a manger, is a reminder that even when we are doing God’s will, we are not guaranteed a comfortable life. However, as in Mary’s discomfort of having a baby in a stable, every discomfort in Your plan for us has significance. Luke 2:7And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

I ask that this Christmas season You direct me to meditate more on the meaning of Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection than on all the ways society wants me to think about Christmas. I appreciate the many beautiful songs about the Christmas story that You have directed people to compose throughout the years. Many of these songs are still sung today around the world. Try the following prayer exercise using the most popular Christmas carol, Silent Night. Visualize the Christmas story by slowly meditating on the words by reading or singing.

Silent Night
Silent night, holy night, all is calm,
all is bright. Round yon virgin,
Mother and Child, holy infant so tender and mild,
sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace.
Silent night, holy night.
Darkness flies, all is light.
Shepherds hear the angels sing,
“alleluia hail the King! Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born.”
Silent night, holy night, guiding star, lend thy light.
See the eastern wise men bring gifts and homage to our King!
Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born.

Thank You too for the non-spiritual activities we enjoy such as beautiful decorations, family, friends, and gifts. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer for Taking Control of Worry

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All knowing and powerful Heavenly Father, thank you for promising to take all my burdens and cares upon Yourself. You are the one who created me, so ​I know I can trust You with the details of my life. Mathew 6:25Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

Forgive me for the times when I get in the mindset that if I don’t worry about something, You might think that I don’t care ​about it. Remind me often that this is not the case at all; what You want me to do is loosen my grip on the unknown and learn to hold fast to you. Mathew 6:27Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” Show me with Your wisdom and strength how to take each day as it comes, putting my focus on Your plans for me rather than on my own ​plans.

Thank you for Your promise to sustain me day by day. I know that Your plan for me is good, and I look forward to the things You have planned for me. Direct me to rest in Your instruction in Mathew 6:34. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

In Jesus’ Name, I thank You for these instructions from Your Word, Amen.