Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
You are the Sustainer of all things. God the Son holds the entire universe together. We know that, if we condensed the earth to actual matter, removing all the forces between the parts of the atoms, it would be the size of a pea. And it could be that those smallest components are themselves mostly forces. It is You, Lord, Who sustain everything.
Father, thank You that one day my body will be resurrected. When my time on earth is through, my soul will enter Your presence in heaven. But when Jesus Christ returns to the clouds at the sound of the trumpet, my body will be resurrected as a new immortal one. As Job said, even after worms destroy my body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.
Of course if I am alive when Jesus returns, my body will be transformed as I ascend to meet Him.
So, Lord, help me to find encouragement in You day by day. When life is pleasant and positive, I do not think much about encouragement, other than encouraging others. But when times are bleak, disappointing, or just plain miserable, thank You that You are there for me. Help me to retreat from my bleak times and find You a Friend and Confidant.
Lord, please take care of my loved ones. Send angels to watch over them, Your Spirit to draw them to Yourself and to guide those who know You, and to direct them in the way they should go.
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.
Today I pray for the nation of Egypt, a nation familiar to every student of Scripture. Lord, thank You for the nearly 3% of the population who know You. We know the challenges are great as Islam pressures the authorities to become less and less tolerant of Christians. We pray that persecution would stop, and that freedom would be guaranteed both on paper and in practice. Bless the Jesus film, the evangelical churches, and the evangelical movement within the Coptic Orthodox Church. We pray that the number of Christians would double within this decade, and that the people of Egypt would gain a new respect and tolerance for evangelical Christianity. We also pray that You would provide leaders for the church and training for lay leaders.
Today I pray for the Pandita Ramabai Mukti Mission, and evangelical outreach in India. Bless their orphanage, their housing, and their church as they reach out with the love of Christ and His Gospel. Provide for them and keep them true to You. May Your Spirit empower them so that they bear much fruit for You.
Today I pray for those who labor in our factories. Keep them safe and accident free, help the Christians who thusly labor to work as for You, and help them to reach many lost coworkers with the Gospel.
So, Lord, help me to walk with You today, I pray, in Jesusí Name, Amen.
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