A Thanksgiving Prayer

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

A suggestion on how to use this prayer guide and fulfill the command in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for that is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you:”

After each topic, pause for a short time to offer your own expressions of thanksgiving and praise to God. Meditate on a few of these every day between now and Thanksgiving.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to ask You to guide me to be a thankful person and to live in an attitude of prayer. Do not allow anything in my life to overpower Your many blessings:

  1. Thank you for my salvation… John 3:16
  2. Thank you for material provisions such as food and clothes… Philippians 4:19
  3. Thank you for the joy provided by the following loved ones in my family…
  4. Thank you for giving physical and emotional healing… Isaiah 53:5
  5. Thank you for my brothers and sisters in my church…
  6. Thank you for many answered prayers…
  7. Thank you for the wonder and beauty of Your creation… Genesis 1
  8. Thank you for the freedom we enjoy in our nation…
  9. Thank you for those who are defending our country as part of the military and the police…
  10. Thank you for those who are serving on the mission fields…
  11. Thank you for forgiveness… 1 John 1:9
  12. Thank you for the joyous times of praise and worship… Psalm 100
  13. Thank you for the armor of God… Ephesians 6:10-20

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High.” Psalm 92:1

Lord, thank you for hearing this prayer in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Relying on God’s Wisdom

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

All-Wise Heavenly Father, thank you that I can call upon You for Your unlimited wisdom and instruction when it comes to the way I should live my life. In Your Word are all the answers needed for every decision I have to make and it shows me how to avoid foolishness and ruin.

My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding.” Proverbs 2:1-3 (NLT)

I confess to You and ask for forgiveness for the times when I have acted on my own before inquiring for wisdom from You and Your Word and for when I blamed You when things didn’t turn out the way that I thought they should.

Direct me to increase my determination to live by Your Wisdom and be filled with Your Spirit of Wisdom so that I can discern Your will. Let my mouth speak Your Wisdom due to the righteousness You have instilled in me. “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.Psalm 141:3

Thank you for sending Your Son to represent Your power and wisdom to me so that I will never be in a place where You are unable to help me.

Allow me to experience all that You say in Your Word about wisdom so that Proverbs 3:13 is a reality in my life. “Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding.”

I bring these praises and requests to You, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

 

 

Giving Praise and Glory to God for His Goodness

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

Heavenly Father, I praise You for:

Blessing me with salvation and drawing me to Heaven and off the road of destruction which would have led to an eternal hell. “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.John 3:16

Promising to supply all of my needs in the present and in the future until my entrance into eternity in Heaven. “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:19

Knowing I am a child of Yours and I can draw from Your wisdom, which You give me generously, without finding fault with me. You have no limit to how many times I can come to You for help in finding what to do and what not to do in any situation. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5

Father, I am so grateful for the wonderful opportunities You give me to become more spiritually mature, to love You more deeply, and to serve others. Thank you for the comfort of Your awesome promise in Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

Thank you for providing me with blessings and power through the practice of praise and for the positive effect that it has in my daily life.

I bring these praises to You, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

God’s Holiness in the Believer’s Life

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Thank you, Heavenly Father, for not only giving the command to be holy but that You have given me a way to fulfill that command. “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.“‘ 1 Peter 1:15-16

You have set me apart and made me holy because of my relationship with Jesus Christ, Who covered the gap between You, Heavenly Father, and me, a sinful human. I appreciate the fact that Your holiness purifies me and shows me how to continually be separated from all that is unholy.

Develop in me the connection between Your Holiness and my wholeness in life. Give me the courage to live a life that is different from the ways of the world and realize that the way I live in private and in public has an influence on what people think of the God I profess to serve.

Show me any hindrances that keep You from being able to develop Your Holiness in and through me, and enable me to reject whatever is not the best for me. May I experience the truth of Psalm 29:2 Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

I bring these requests to You, my Father in Heaven, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Hearing From God

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Lord, thank you that You are willing to listen to me, and even more important, that You want me to have the blessing of hearing from You. “Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given.“‘

In the midst of all the competing voices in the world today, make it clear to me that most of what I hear from You will be from Your Holy Word, the Bible. As in the story in 1 Kings 19:9-13, most of the time You do not communicate with me in a loud and boisterous way, but by “a still small voice.”

Since You reveal Yourself in quietness and meekness, show me ways to be physically and mentally still so that I can hear You clearly. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” This being so, I open my heart and mind to You and ask You to direct me in discerning what needs to happen in my life through every situation.

Lord, as I listen, “show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.” Psalm 25:4-5

I bring these thoughts in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Receiving Grace From God

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

Heavenly Father, thank you for Your grace that gives salvation to all who respond to Your gift of Jesus dying on the cross, and His resurrection. I am reminded in Ephesians 2:8For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.

It gives me joy to know that You will demonstrate Your power toward me in my times of weakness, and that You are able to constantly bring me peace by Your mercy and grace as You tell me in 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.

Since Jesus came  to highlight Your mercy, love, and forgiveness, direct me to know Him better so that I can increase my understanding of Your will for my life.

Show me how to trust You every day for all of my needs and all of my Godly desires. “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.2 Corinthians 12:9

May my walk with You be such that I clearly recognize my need to confess my absolute helplessness to You, so that I may receive from You the fulfillment of the promise in 1 Peter 5:10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.” Jesus, I want to thank You for Your unconditional love for me.

I bring this prayer in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

God’s Wonderful Deliverance for a Believer

 

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Loving Father, thank you for the encouragement You give in Psalm 34. It is comforting that in the difficult times in life, You do not get tired of me coming to you with any and all of my problems. “This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them. Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him.” Psalm 34:6-9

In fact, You ask me to bring everything to You so that You will be glorified. “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify MePsalm 50:15. It is a great privilege as a believer to know that You are more powerful than anyone or anything in the world that will try to hurt or destroy me. “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

Father, develop in me a clear conviction that I can’t live a spiritually reckless life and expect to continue receiving Your many blessings. However, I do thank You that when someone goes down the wrong road, You are always waiting for them to come back so that You can continue to bless them. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1  John 1:9.

On a daily basis, teach me how to grow in my personal relationship with You through Your Word, prayer, music, and Christian fellowship. Like David in Psalm 34:17, I call out to You to be continually counted among the righteous so that I can experience the power in Psalm 34:7, “the angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them.

I bring these requests in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Developing Faith in God

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Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me the faith to believe and accept what Your Word says about my salvation: “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.John 3:16

I ask that You will give me the same kind of faith in Your Word that I had for my initial salvation to enable me to live the Christian life. “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.Romans 10:17

Father, show me how to build my faith in You by reading and understanding Your Word. Direct me also to put my faith and trust in the promises throughout Your Scriptures so that I can live my Christian life by faith and not by sight. “For we walk by faith, not by sight.2 Corinthians 5:7

Empower me to search the Scriptures to see what they say with regard to any and all situations in my life. May I obtain a complete faith to rest in and act on your promises. Direct me to change my life to be more godly and serve You under Your protective and mighty hand: “Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.Ephesians 6:16

Thank you, Father, that through faith in You, I can turn from anything that I have mistakenly trusted in and put my faith in You and You alone.

I bring these requests to You in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

God’s Power

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‘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.’Jeremiah 32:17

…Jesus… looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”Mark 10:27

Heavenly Father, based on these two verses, I praise You for being all-powerful, all-knowing, ever present and unchanging. I thank You for loving me so much and for wanting a close personal relationship with me.

Help me to be steadfast in the faith and to be on high alert to resist the work of Satan as he tries everything possible to hinder and destroy us, Your children. (1 Peter 5:7-8)

I come to You in the Name of Jesus, casting all of my burdens and cares upon you.

 

Daily Yielding Control to God

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This method can help you daily give God control of your life by using the six major parts of the body as a guide for what specifically to turn over to God. You can turn over additional things as well.

And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.Romans 6:13

Heavenly Father, I thank You for the Holy Spirit living within me. I yield to You and ask that the Holy Spirit will take full control of my life using these six parts of the body as a guide: mind, eyes, ear, mouth, hands and feet.

Mind: I ask that You will allow my mind to think only on what You want and not on the things I shouldn’t be thinking about.

Eyes: Have my eyes look at what You want me to see, and not anything detrimental to me.

Ears: Allow my ears to hear what You want me to hear instead of negativity.

Mouth: Direct me to say what is pleasing to You and to not say things that could be hurtful to anybody.

Hands: Guide me to do things that are gratifying to You and keep me from  the activities that are not helpful to me.

Feet: Direct me to walk to places that are pleasing in Your sight and turn me from any roads that lead to destruction.

Thank you that when all these parts of my body are under the control of the Holy Spirit I am able to lay aside my own desires and instinctive actions, enabling me to grow in my Christian walk.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.