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.

Prayer for Wise, Godly Learning Versus Foolish Failure

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

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

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

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.

Prayer for Our Nation and its Leaders

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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.