God’s Great Action of Love and Encouragement for His Children (Based on Psalm 103)

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

Loving Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for the love and encouragement You show to all of us who are born again believers in Jesus Christ. As I look at all that You have done and are doing, I see the awesome God You are. At times when I get concerned or discouraged, direct me to look at David’s list in this Psalm of what he praised God for, and encourage me to do the same to get my mind focused on You. Verses 3-6:Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The LORD executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.Verse 8a: “The LORD is merciful and gracious.” 

It is a blessing to receive all of what is expressed in these verses when I do not deserve any of it. Thank you for the promise in verse 10. “He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities.” What an encouragement it is to know that Your love for me is not based on my actions, but that You give grace for my shortcomings. I ask that You continue to give me more of an understanding of Your mercy and grace, and in turn, a respect for all that You are. Verse 17a:But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him.” The message in this Psalm shows that You have unlimited power over everything. Therefore, direct me to realize that You are sufficient to control all of my life if I am willing.   

In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Prayer About the Importance of Worshiping and Praising God (Based on Psalm 66)

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

Magnificent Heavenly Father, I enter into Your presence with awe and reverence because there is no one like You in the heavens and the earth. Thank you for giving an example in this Psalm of genuine worship and praise. Verses 1 and 2Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth! Sing out the honor of His name; make His praise glorious.” Forgive me for the times my attitude is the opposite of these verses. I ask, You answer, and I receive, but often I don’t even stop to give You praise and thanks. I am quick to move on to my next need.

Direct me to always acknowledge that You are worthy of praise and thankfulness for the mighty works that You have done and are doing. Many times, I can’t even fathom Your activities, like in verses 6a and 7a. “He turned the sea into dry land… He rules by His power forever; His eyes observe the nations.” Direct me, even in my feeble knowledge of this world, to exclaim Your praises, knowing that You are greater than my fears and doubts, greater than the evil around me, and so much stronger than the forces of chaos and destruction that exist. You command the wind and the waves of the ocean. You direct the sun and the stars where to move in the sky. You know every hair on my head. There is not a single part of creation that You are not intimately familiar with and in control of.

At the end of this Psalm, You make a phenomenal point. If we do not confess and repent of our sins so we have a clean relationship with You, all our worship, prayer, and praise is of no value. Verse 18 “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.” What a great privilege it is to worship and praise You, the mighty and perfect God.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer Based on Proverbs 3:5-6

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

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.” Thank you for the promise, encouragement, and comfort in these verses. I want to trust completely in You because my knowledge, understanding, and emotions can be very unpredictable. Direct me to make decisions based not only on my own intellect, but on the wisdom You provide in Your Word, the Bible. You are a far better judge and know what is best in every choice I have to make. It is a great blessing that I can bring all my decisions to You in prayer, use the Bible as my guide, and then follow Your leading.

I acknowledge You as: Jehovah-Jireh (The Lord Provides), Jehovah-Rophe (The Lord Heals), Jehovah-Nissi (The Lord Our Banner), Jehovah-Rohi (The Lord My Shepherd), Jehovah-Shalom (The Lord My Peace), Jehovah-Tsidekenu (The Lord Our Righteousness), Jehovah-Shammah (The Lord is Present), Jehovah-M’Kaddesh (The Lord Who Sanctifies). Reprinted from the 2959 Plan devotion by Peter Lord.

Thank you that Jesus confirmed in Mathew 6:33 all that Solomon said I need to do to receive Your guidance. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” I praise You that as a believer in Jesus Christ, I have the Holy Spirit dwelling within me, and because of that I can actively choose to give You first place in every area of my life. I invite You to accomplish Your purpose for me. Amen.

Prayer from Psalm 34 on Crying Out to the Lord During Trouble

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

Gracious Heavenly Father, I come to You in in the Name of Jesus, humbled and honored to be in Your presence. I want to have praise always on my lips for You, but it can be difficult sometimes in these troubling times. Verse 1: “I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Thank you for the encouragement and example in this psalm of what David did in his times of trouble. Verse 6: “This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all of his troubles.

The path You have for me can sometimes be hard to see and Your perfect plan can be difficult to decipher. However, I choose to put my trust in You nonetheless, knowing that You have all good attributes and that You are sovereign and reign over everything.

You promise great blessings to me as Your child but You also require obedient participation in how I live. Direct me, in addition to crying out to You, to genuinely trust You. Verse 8: “Oh taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!

Will You also continue to develop in me the character traits expressed in verses 13 and 14. “Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”

I know that in life brokenness and afflictions will come, but You are mighty to save and will deliver me from the fire. In Jesus’ Name, when all is said and done, thank you for the promise in verse 19: “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.” 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.

A Prayer Based on Psalm 27

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

Lord, in Jesus’ Name, I thank You for being my light, my salvation, and my strength in this dark world. Though some may come against me to try to make me anxious, or even destroy me, You have promised that You will not allow that to happen. Verse 1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Like David, I ask that You will direct me to constantly seek after You so that I will be able to enjoy my relationship with You continually.

Do not hide Your face from me when I cry out to You for help, but answer me with Your mercy and grace. Verse 5 For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.”

Father, give me a teachable spirit, then lead me on the path of righteousness laid out in Your Holy Word. Sometimes, waiting for answers is very difficult, especially if there is a long time frame involved. It can seem as if You do not see the urgency of my situation. Forgive me for that kind of thinking because it implies that You are not in control. Instead, help me to see waiting time as a tool that You use to teach me about the many blessings You have for me. Make real in my life Your words in Verse 14. “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!

I bring this prayer in Jesus’ Name, Amen.