Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
Thank You that You always stand ready to forgive. The only condition for the believer is confession, a repentant spirit. For those who do not know You, it is repentance toward You and faith in the Person and Work of our Lord Jesus Christ. When we trust Christ, all our sins are legally forgiven. When we sin as believers, sin causes relational problems with You, a tension in our relationship. Even though we are secure in You, sin creates an obstacle to our fellowship. When we confess our wrong, You immediately forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. We forgive others, with Your help, in the same way.
So, Father, teach me not only to forgive the repentant, but also to be able to ask for forgiveness. When I sin against another, help me not to justify or rationalize it, but to isolate my wrong from whatever wrongs may have been done against me. Help me to say, "What I did was wrong, please forgive me" and nothing more. If others have wronged me, help me to address that at a separate time. May I be good at knowing how to ask for forgiveness. And, as I grow, may I have less to repent!
Lord, I am thankful for many things, three of which are: __________.
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. Help me not to grieve Him, but rather to give Him complete control of who I am and what I do.
Today I pray for the African nation of Burkina Faso. Thank You that about 8 percent of the population claim to be born-again, and thank You for the growth of the Gospel in some areas. At the same time, Lord, Islam is gaining converts in the north of the country. This nation is impoverished, prone to drought and famine. Unemployment and illiteracy are high. The missionaries have a rough task cut out for them. Make them effective, provide health, finances, and harmony for them; may Your Spirit fill them and empower them; help them walk closely with You and not get discouraged with the monumental challenges before them. We pray that You would continue to use the Jesus Film, that You would raise up strong and solid leaders and training facilities, and that the church would multiply in both numbers and depth.
Today we remember Interserve, a network of Christians from all over the world who, using their professional skills, work together to serve people of Asia and the Arab world—getting alongside them in tackling material, physical, mental and spiritual needs. Bless them as they reach out with the love of God in sometimes difficult situations. Give them tact, wisdom, safety, and fruit for their labors.
Today we remember all those who manage our personnel departments. We know it takes compassion and professionalism to do this job well, and we pray that you would bless these people-helpers with discernment and wisdom. May many come to know You.
Again, Lord, I ask You to prosper my ways today, for I pray in Jesus' Name, Amen.
Highland Park Church
516 West Sycamore Street
Kokomo, Indiana, USA