Prayer About Jesus’ Teaching on Worry in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:25-34)

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

Compassionate Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name I come to give You thanks for being the one I can trust with every detail of my life. You make this clear in Matthew 6:25. “Therefore 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?

Show me the times when I try to take things into my own hands. Forgive me for trusting more in my own intellect and ability than in You. What a foolish statement it is to say, “it is getting so complicated or difficult, I guess I better pray,” rather than praying in the beginning for wisdom and direction. Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Direct me to ​realize that in all situations, worry can damage my health, negatively affect my actions, consume me, and affect my relationships with others. Encourage me to have genuine concern about problems I see and move into action rather than just worry and become incapacitated.

Since I do not know ​what tomorrow ​holds, give me the ability to ​make plans with Your wisdom and trust You with my future. Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Lord, thank you for the truth of this statement. “Faith is the victory that overcomes the world” (paraphrase of 1 John 5:4). Amen.

Prayer About Jesus’ Teaching for Believers in the Sermon on the Mount on the Power of Influence

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

Heavenly Father, I come to You through the Name of Jesus Christ my Savior. It is His dying on the cross for me and His gift of salvation that allows me to call upon You and come to Your throne of grace. I want to acknowledge that there is always an impact from my actions on those around me. Forgive me when sometimes I get so caught up in my own life that I forget about the influence (good or bad) that I leave on others. Your Word (the Bible) makes this clear in Romans 14:7-8. “For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.

Direct me to follow Your command to leave a positive, uplifting, and God-glorifying impact on those I interact with. As Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount, and as Paul urged Titus to be a good example, show me how live out these two scriptures. Mathew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.Titus 2:7-8aIn all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned.

Recognizing that somebody (sons, daughters, grandchildren, great grandchildren, friends, etc.) is always watching and being influenced by my actions, good or bad, I ask that You shape my heart desires and activities correctly, like only You can. It is You that has the wisdom and power to orient my affections from myself to You and Your purposes. Direct me to influence others to desire Your unmerited mercy and saving grace.

In Jesus’ Name, thank you for this wonderful instruction. Amen.