Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
You are without spatial dimension, for You created space: height and depth are among those that are "anything...in all creation" (Romans 8:39). You fill all things, but You are not those things. You are separate from and distinct from Your creation. Your Son upholds all things by His power. We cannot conceive of a Personal God Who exists apart from space and creation. But then again, if we could fully conceive of You, You would be a small god. But You are a big God, beyond our full grasp. Yet because You have revealed Yourself in nature and more specifically in Your Word, there are many things about You that You have revealed (Deuteronomy 29:29).
Lord, when Solomon built a Temple for Your Name (1 Kings 5:5), He knew that You would not be confined to it but that You do not dwell in temples built by hands (Acts 17:24). Indeed those of us who know You are the temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). We are not our own property!
As Your temple, help me to take reasonably good care of my body. On the one hand, I am not afraid to die, but on the other, I am in no hurry. On one hand, I do not want to give the impression that my focus is this life, but on the other, I know You expect me to be a good steward of that which You have entrusted me, including my body which is Yours and not my own. Help me strike the balance You have for me.
Please address the following needs: __________.
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.
Today I pray for the nation of Cuba, a land that has suffered long under the oppression of communism and dictatorships. We pray that the persecution and oppression would end. We thank You for the 4.6% who claim to be born-again evangelical Christians, and we pray that their numbers will triple over the next decade. Bless the Jesus movie as a mighty vehicle to harvest souls for the Kingdom of God.
I especially remember children today. So many live in poverty or have suffered physical or sexual abuse. Others are neglected or have been traumatized. Some are reared with little positive adult attention. Lord, You love the children. You said it would be better for a man to put a millstone around his neck and cast himself into the sea rather than causing a little one to stumble. Please protect the children, help them come to know You, and help those who have been abused or traumatized to recover and to not repeat the sins of the fathers. Lead them to good pastors and solid counselors who will help them deal with the effects of such abuse, that they might face it, grieve over it and move on, with Your help and compassion.
Lord, help me to get along with my neighbors. Help me to get to know many of them, but help me to be wise and discreet and not naively trust anyone who happens to live nearby.
Help me to truly be Your servant today, I pray, in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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