Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
You are Adonai, You are Lord of the Estate known as all creation! You are the Master, You have dominion over all things and are worthy of our allegiance, respect, and obedience. You own all. Although we possess many things for a time as Your stewards, we own nothing. You are the Lord Adonai, our true and most worthy King and Master.
Lord, thank You for saving me from sin. Sin is not just what I do, it is also what I fail to do to please You. Sin is not just my action, but it is part of my nature. My heart is deceitful and desperately wicked. My attitude is contaminated by sin, so it is out of my heart that sinful actions flow. As You help me grow, my new nature becomes more dominant, and my heart of flesh begins to overtake my heart of stone. Help me to remember that sin is not just what I do, but it is part of who I am, the old me.
So, Lord, I want to see more holiness in my life. I want to be set apart for Your use, and I want You to feel completely at home in my life. Help me to be special for You.
Today I pray for my marriage (if I am married) and the marriages of those around me. Marriage has fallen on rough times, but it is near to Your heart, since You instituted it. Help me to encourage growth in my own marriage (if I am married), to find the right mate (if that is Your will), or to be content with my single estate (if that is Your will). But whatever my lot, help me to be social and proactive, because I cannot really love people if I evade them.
Help me be alert to Satan's schemes. Help me to take up the full armor of God and to draw near to You, O Lord. Help me to resist the devil, and he will flee. Place a hedge around me so the evil one cannot hinder my service to You, Father.
Thank You for the African country of Botswana. Although the Gospel has penetrated this society, the church is often made up of nominal Christians. AIDS is a serious problem in this country, and churches that promise healing are drawing people away from more Biblically-based congregations. Tribal religions are often unyielding to the Gospel, and many Botswanians combine Christian belief with tribal religion and superstition. Help the truly saved to become firm and uncompromising in their beliefs. May Christians maintain a high moral standard and may they participate in Biblically sound congregations. May the number of genuine believers double over the next five years, and Lord, please raise up strong leaders from within the church there.
Today I pray for Galcom International as they supply equipment to help reach people with the Gospel, particularly through short wave radio opportunities. They have provided 400,000 fix-tuned radios in 117 countries, radios that remained tuned to Christian stations only. As a result, thousands are being reached and discipled. Provide for this ministry in every way: financially, relationally, and spiritually. Use them to impact many for Jesus Christ.
Today I pray for our local district attorneys. These individuals perform an important function as they seek to keep criminals behind bars. Help them to seek justice and have your priorities. Keep them from wrongly condemning the innocent, and give them wisdom in rightfully and successfully prosecuting the guilty.
Lord, this world is challenging. Help me never to fear, but to remember that You are by my side.
I pray in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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