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Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
January 22
by Ed Vasicek

Precious Lord,

I praise You that You are a kind God. Although it is true that You are not tame or always "nice," You have a heart of compassion and You care about Your creation. Not a sparrow falls without Your knowledge, and You number the hairs on our heads. You comfort the downtrodden and broken hearted, and You have a special place in Your heart for children, the orphan, and the widow. You are generous, sending the rain upon both the righteous and the unrighteous. It is Your kindness that leads us to repentance.

Lord, I do not want to be paranoid, but there are three enemies constantly stalking me: the world, my sin nature, and the kingdom of darkness. The world—society—has its good and bad points. You want me to participate in my society, to be in the world. You want me to serve as light and salt, and You do not want me to retreat under a bushel. Yet, You want me to reject that way of thinking that refuses to put Your will and Your Word first. In the world, but not of it.

My sinful nature is strong, too strong. You want me to walk in the Spirit, and, with His power, to turn a deaf ear to the call of my fleshly desires. And, although Satan himself will probably never bother me, his lesser associates, demons, do. As they tempt me or put thoughts into my mind or create undesirable circumstances or happenings, help me to remember that even the demons are subject to You. Help me resist temptation in Jesus' Name, and help me not to give place to the devil. Thank You that I am secure in Your hand, and I claim the blood of Christ and word of my testimony. I choose to put on the armor of God.

Abba, Father, I have many needs. Life has a way of throwing curveballs, and I find it easy to strike out. Give me wisdom when I face the unexpected. Help me to delay my responses and conduct myself with wisdom. Keep me from making a fool of myself—or blurting out responses I will later regret.

Lord, I empty myself before You so that Your Spirit may fill me. I find my strength in His power, not my own. May Your Spirit control me today.

Lord, today I pray for the nation of Bangladesh. What a seemingly hopeless mess it is! The people live in utter poverty; the Islamists are pushing harder and harder to mandate Islamic law, and evangelical Christians make up less than one half of one percent of the population. The 230 million Bengali people represent one of the largest unreached groups in the world, and so Bangladesh and the Bengalis who live in India need to hear about Christ desperately. Bless the Jesus film and continue to reach people through this, we pray. May the number of born-again Christians grow exponentially in the next decade.

Yahweh, I ask for You to bless and prosper Arab World Ministries.  We know that the Muslim people are among the most unreached in the world, and we know that Christians literally take their lives and wellbeing in their hands when sharing Christ or living the Christian life. Protect and direct the associates of this mission. Give them tact, shrewdness, and the wisdom and power of Your Spirit. Exceed the mission's goals, expectations, and even dreams.  May Muslims flock to Jesus Christ in droves through their work.

Today we think of our community libraries and librarians. We know, Lord, that it is so important for Christians to think, and to think deeply. Thank You for community libraries that serve the entire population.

Lord, I surrender myself anew to You today, in Jesus' Name, Amen.

Pastor Ed

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