Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
God of Israel,
You are a passionate God. In a day when people claim to be passionate about chocolate or music, it is refreshing to know that You have strong and deep feelings about what really matters. You are alive in every sense of the word. As a matter of fact, Your feelings are more intense than ours ever could be. Yet Your feelings are always in harmony with Your reason and Your justice. Although sometimes our feelings are our worst enemies and they tempt us to react in sinful ways, Your feelings never fail to lead You to righteousness.
Because You are passionate—a God with deep feelings—we know that being created in Your image means having deep emotions and feelings. Unfortunately, just as our bodies, intellects and wills have been affected by sin so have our feelings. So help me to check my feelings with the absolute truth revealed in Your Word. Help me to be led by Your Spirit Who never leads contrary to Your Word and not my feelings. Help me to discern the difference between the emotional and the spiritual.
I thank You that, though my works might reveal my destiny, they do not create it. I thank You that I am saved by Your grace, Your freely given gift, and not by my behavior, achievements or religious practice. I am saved in such a way that you get literally all the glory and all the credit. The only thing I have contributed toward my salvation is the sin from which I have been saved! Thank You that Jesus Christ is my Savior. He is not a 90% Savior with me being a 10% Savior. He saves me 100%, completely!
I pray for my lost friends and family members, including: __________. Father, please send Your Spirit to draw them to Yourself and grant them the repentance that leads to life.
Today I remember the nation of Croatia. Lord, this country has been involved in the nasty Balkan Wars of the 1990s with Serbia and Bosnia. Only ½ of 1 percent of the people claim to be born-again evangelical Christians. But thank You that this reflects growth, and thank You that the Christians have fellowship among the different ethnic lines, testifying to the unity Christ can bring. As the Jesus Film begins to be used to reach people, we pray that Your Spirit would hover over Serbia and the whole area of the former Yugoslavia. We pray that the evangelical church would multiply tenfold over the next decade.
We pray for White Fields as they seek to reach people with the Gospel and plant churches in several nations in South America, Africa and Asia. We pray that You would bless their missionaries with health, godliness, great family life, safety, provision and much fruit for their labors. We pray for harmony and effectiveness in Kingdom work. May Your Spirit empower and guide them.
I remember those who work as court reporters. Help them to do their work well, and may those who know Christ take opportunities to share the Good News with coworkers.
I especially remember the poor, the underemployed and the unemployed. Help those looking to find work.
Now, Lord, protect me today. Send guardian angels, I pray, in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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