God’s Discontentment With Pride

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

Just Heavenly Father, I come before You boldly, not out of my own strength, but rather through the perfection of Your Son and His gift of that perfection to me. It is clear in Your Word (the Bible) that You have a disdain for pride. You have mentioned it in approximately 46 verses in 17 books. Some of the verses are very direct. Proverbs 8:13The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate.

Forgive me for the times when I see myself as self-sustaining and let pride creep in. I do not want to have happen to me what is expressed in Proverbs 16:18. “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” I ask You to open my eyes to my true vulnerabilities and frailties. Show me my weaknesses and knock down self-pride.

Direct me not to have a spirit of fear, but rather a spirit of unmatched strength and boldness found only in You. Hebrews 4:16Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Remind me constantly to let my sense of self-reliance die, and instead lean on Your sufficiency. It is Your wisdom guiding my decisions. It is Your love that enables me to show compassion and care towards others. It is Your very air that I breathe. I am nothing without You. In 2 Corinthians 12:9 Jesus said, ‘”My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.“‘

In Jesus’ Name, thank you that if I allow You to fully control my life, pride will not be a part of it. Amen.

Prayer About the Importance of Reverence for God

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

Sovereign Heavenly Father, I come before Your throne through the life, death, and resurrection of Your Son Jesus. Thank you for this privilege as Your child. Forgive me for the times when I have not practiced reverence for You the way I should. I ask You for insight and greater understanding of Your character, love, comfort, knowledge, mercy, grace, and power.

Infatuate my heart with Your splendor by removing all scales off of my eyes and directing me to more seriously do what is expressed in Hebrews 12:28. “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.

I long to see You for who You truly are and for You to dispel any preconceived notions or ideas of Your character that are not true. Protect my heart from viewing You as anything less than great and deserving of my complete reverence. Give me a righteous fear (respect) of You and from that fear, let understanding and wisdom grow in me.

In Your Word in Proverbs 9:10, You say that “the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Direct me to fully comprehend that reverence for You is the only proper posture I can take when I begin to know You for who you really are.

It is such a great blessing to read and meditate on the promise You have expressed in Psalm 128:1. “Blessed is every one who fears the LORD, who walks in His ways.” Constantly remind me to be open to Psalm 86:11. “Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear [reverence] Your name.

Miniature Specific Scripture Prayers #30

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

Keeping God First in Everything

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for the promise in Mathew 6:33-34a. If I put You first in everything, You will take care of me. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow.

Accepting Instruction

All wise Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, direct me to practice the instruction in Proverbs 9:9-10a. “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.

Nothing is Impossible with God

Unlimited Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you that I can experience with confidence what is expressed in Mark 10:27b. Jesus said: ‘”With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.“‘

God’s Way of Life

Gracious Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for the great promise for believers in Proverbs 12:28. “In the way of the righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.

God as a Teacher

All wise Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, I ask You to do for me Psalm 86:11. “Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name.

Pure Speech

Lord, I come in Jesus’ Name to ask You to direct my speech to be as expressed in Ephesians 4:29. “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.

Prayer Lessons in Difficult Times (Based on Psalm 13)

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

All wise Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for the prayer lessons I can learn from David in Psalm 13. In verse one, You show me that David was totally honest with You about how he felt. Verse 1: “How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?

Sometimes I think You are not going to be pleased if I tell You exactly how I feel. However, throughout the Bible You demonstrate that this isn’t true. You want me to have a close relationship with You, where everything is out in the open. You already know it all anyway.

Like David did, direct and encourage me to have faith and trust in You no matter how long I have to wait. Verse 3a: “Consider and hear me, O LORD my God; enlighten my eyes.” It is Your unfailing mercy that will bring me through to the other side of any crisis. Verse 5a: “But I have trusted in Your mercy.

When the pressure is on, encourage me to follow David’s example and not give in to a life of despair. It is a great blessing that as a child of Yours, I can be honest and share my most intimate feelings with You and trust in everything I know about You.

Like David, I can end up with praise and rejoicing in You. Verse 5b-6: “My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, because He has dealt bountifully with me.

In Jesus’ Name, thank you for the many powerful lessons in Your Word, the Bible. Amen.

2021 New Year’s Prayer

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

All wise and loving Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name. This last year, with all the chaos, heartache, and pain in the world, it seems like everything is out of control. However, I thank You for the promise, peace, and comfort You express in Psalm 103:19 that this is not the case at all. “The LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all.

During the past, You have brought revivals in America and throughout the world. I ask like the writer in Psalm 85:6-7 did, “will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You? Show us Your mercy, Lord, and grant us Your salvation.” May that revival start with me. Direct me to exchange my weaknesses with Your strength and my doubts with Your righteousness and courage. Thank you that You are never too tired or busy to listen and help, and that Your wisdom and power never diminish.

Encourage me to listen to You speak through Your Word and Spirit and be patient when You ask me to wait for Your perfect timing and help. May I rest in Your promise in Isaiah 40:31. “But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

Since we are entering 2021 with so many unknowns, show me how to stay positive and be a shining light to those around me. May I experience Proverbs 3:5-6 more than ever. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

In Jesus’ comforting name, amen.

Christmas Eve Prayer and Meditation

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

Prayer

Lord, I come in Jesus’ Name with thanksgiving, remembering the great love You gave to me in the form of the birth of Your Son, Jesus. How unimaginably perfect You are in all Your ways. Matthew 1:23 Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

Thank you for giving Your only Son to die for my sins and, since I have accepted Him into my heart and life, giving me eternal life with You in heaven.

Direct me not to be distracted from the true meaning of Christmas or be enticed by the calling of the world to make Christmas all about myself. This Christmas, encourage me to have everything I do point back to You and Your Glory. I bring these thoughts in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Christmas Story Meditation

Visualize the Christmas story by slowly and quietly meditating on this Christmas carol:

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.

Silent night, holy night, darkness flies, all is light. Shepherds hear the angels sing, “alleluia hail the King! 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.

Thank you Lord, for all that this holy night represents. Amen.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Time With Our Creator! We pray you have a blessed holiday.

2020 Christmas Prayer: God’s Gift to Mankind

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

Gift giving Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name I come to You to thank You for the greatest gift ever given. You gave Your only begotten Son to be born on Earth, live a short while, then die on the cross to provide me with salvation and a home in heaven for eternity.
Luke 2:11 “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
John 3:15 That whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

I ask that You forgive me when my focus of Christmas gets out of balance. Sometimes I get distracted from Jesus’ birth by all the beautiful lights, decorations, family, and good food. which all are good. Direct me this year, as I enjoy all of the different ways of celebration, to keep in mind that without Jesus, there would be no Christmas. Remind me often that it is His birthday that is being celebrated.

This year, please give me a deeper understanding and appreciation of what Jesus did for me as expressed in Philippians 2:7-8. “But made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

I ask that You encourage my children, grandchildren, loved ones and friends that in spite of all the chaos, disappointment, heartache, and sorrow, the Christmas story is still the same as always. Amen.

“Joy to the world,
the Lord is come,
let earth receive her King.
Let every heart prepare Him room.”

Praise and Thanks for the Gift of Being God’s Child

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

Heavenly Father, I come to You through the Name of Jesus as one of Your beloved children. What a blessing it is to be called a child of Yours. Galatians 3:26For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” Despite any label I may receive here on Earth, nothing is more important and humbling than to be part of Your family. You treat me as a son or daughter of the King and extend every familial right and privilege to me. Galatians 4:7Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

Thank you for being quick to forgive and loving enough to pursue me through my sins and failures. You want what is best for me and do not shy away from loving correction in order to train me in what is good, right, and holy. Hebrews 12:11Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

When I am down, discouraged, or lonely, remind me of the privilege to be called a child of God and of the all-encompassing love that comes with being Your child. Psalm 119:114You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your Word.

Thank you for the little song that expresses it all: “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” Amen.

Prayer from Psalm 32 About the Blessing of a Pure Heart

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Forgiving Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, I thank you for the opportunity to come to You for forgiveness and cleansing. I was covered in sin, but Your Son Jesus Christ, by dying on the cross, shedding His blood, and rising from death, has washed me and given me an eternal home in Heaven.

Until my entrance into Heaven, You daily forgive me of my sin as needed so that I can have the joy of a pure heart. Psalm 32:1-2Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

As the Protector and Deliverer of my heart from the evil one, teach me to be receptive and sensitive to my need for the immediate confession and repentance of any sin that touches my life. It is a great blessing from You that, like David in the Bible, I have the opportunity to put my sin behind me. Psalm 32:5I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.

Direct me to always be reminded of the serious, damaging affect that sin has on my relationship with You. In fact, You tell me in Psalm 66:18 that if I do not take care of my sin, You do not hear me. “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.

My desire is to do whatever is necessary to deal with my sin so that I can accept Your longing to guide me with love and wisdom. Psalm 32:8I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.

In Jesus’ Name, thank you for the privilege of being able to have a pure heart and mind. Amen.

Miniature Specific Scripture Prayers #29

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

Alone with God

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, show me how to have Mathew 6:6 be my main method of prayer. “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

Prayer with Thanksgiving and Praise

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, remind me to always remember Psalm 100:4 when I get ready to pray. “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.”

Persistence in Prayer

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, direct me to follow the instructions in Luke 18:1. “Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.

Godly Wisdom

All wise Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, encourage me with the wisdom from James 3:17. “But 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.

God Planned for Me

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you that You had a plan for me before I was even born. Jeremiah 1:5aBefore I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you.

Loving One Another

Lord, in Jesus’ Name, direct me to be able to do 1 Peter 1:22. “Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart.