Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
O Sovereign Lord,
You are the Sovereign, the Supreme Ruler, the One Who Determines, and the King of Kings. As King Nebuchadnezzar confessed, "His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: "What have you done?" (Daniel 4:34-35) You truly set up kings and take them down. You are in charge, and we are foolish to think otherwise.
Today I thank You for the burial of Christ, which is part of the Gospel: Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day. My sins were buried with Him and dissipated in the earth. Just as one goat was slaughtered during Yom Kippur and another released into the wilderness as a "scapegoat," so in His burial Jesus carried my sins far away.
And so, Lord, I ask You to help me have a clear conscience, believing I am forgiven in Christ and clean before You. Help me keep my conscience clear, avoiding sin and confessing my sins to You when I have failed to avoid them.
Lord, I am thankful for many things, three of which are: __________.
Your Word tells me that if I confess my sins, You are faithful and just to forgive me of them, and You will cleanse me from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). So I bring my sins before You now. I do not excuse them, but I freely admit them and ask for Your forgiveness.
Father, I need wisdom every day. Your Word encourages me to both develop wisdom and to pray for it. Lord, I know the start of wisdom is fearing You, and I also know that wisdom comes to those who crave, respect, and value it. Help me to place wisdom high on my priority list.
Today I remember the European nation of Austria. Even though we think of Europe as religiously free, Austria often restricts smaller denominations, many of which are Evangelical. We pray that this 1998 law would be seen for what it is, an enemy of freedom. It is sad to hear that less than half of one percent of this nation is evangelical Christians. There are more Jehovah Witnesses in Austria than there are born-again believers! Thank You that the small evangelical church in Austria is growing, but they are so minute in number. We pray that the church would grow ten fold over the next decade!
Today we pray for AmeriTribes Mission. Use them to reach Native Americans throughout the Western Hemisphere. Provide workers, funds, and, most of all, the working of Your Spirit to draw America's first inhabitants to Yourself—and for the native church to provide its own leaders and church planters.
Bless and guide our elected Prosecutors. We know their job is important: may they seek justice for righteousness sake, and may they do their work with integrity.
Motivate me today to keep serving You, I pray, in Jesus' Name, Amen.
Highland Park Church
516 West Sycamore Street
Kokomo, Indiana, USA