Prayer Points for Drawing Close to God Based on James 4:7-12

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

All powerful and compassionate Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus who shed His blood on the cross for my sin. Thank you that in many places in the Scriptures, You show that You want to have a close relationship with me. You tell me in James 4:7-12 what I need to do to have that relationship.

First and most importantly, You want me to be near to You. For that to happen, You want my mind and heart to be clean. I know that this is impossible in my own strength, therefore I look to You for cleansing. Verse 8Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded.

It is a blessing to know that Satan’s power is no match for You as he frequently tries to win me over to his lies and evil causes. Your answer for dealing with him is expressed for me in verse 7. “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and He will flee from you.” I realize that this can only be done through the power of You Word, so please direct me to the Scriptures in the Bible to accomplish this.  Psalm 119:18Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law.

Make me sensitive and aware of the effect that pride has in my relationship and communication with You, as well as with my brothers and sisters in Christ. Verse 10-11aHumble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. Do not speak evil of one another, brethren.

Thank you that in spite of my human shortcomings You reach out in love and give me worth and dignity. You give me power through Your Word and prayer to be able to communicate with You and receive Your love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

The Blessings of Forgiveness and Cleansing

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

Forgiving Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for providing a way for me to have my conscience and heart purified. Your Word tells me that there is no deed or thought that is so evil that it cannot be washed by the blood of the Lamb and be removed from my mind and life. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Your Scriptures have much to say about the destruction and hurtfulness of sin. Therefore, I pause for a little while and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to me any sin in my life. Direct me to confess it to Jesus and have it removed. Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” 

Show me how to live out Psalm 119:36-37 to keep me from all that takes me away from You. “Incline my heart to Your testimonies, and not to covetousness. Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way.”

Lastly, Father, there is another part of the process of forgiveness and cleansing for which I need Your direction: give me the grace to forgive others the way You have forgiven me. Ephesians 4:32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

In Jesus’ Name, thank you for Your mercy and grace. Amen.