Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
Great King Above Creation,
Your Word describes You as a jealous God. When it comes to worship, You want a complete monopoly: we are to worship the Lord our God, and Him only should we serve. That is why You do not want us to make images and kneel before them (Exodus 20:4-5), and You do not want us to perform acts of worship toward anyone other than You. Only You are omnipresent and omniscient to hear all our prayers, and only You are everywhere to hear our prayers and enjoy our hymns of praise. You do not want us to associate Your unique attributes with any but You. You alone are God.
Although Lucifer committed the first sin by starting a rebellion against You (Isaiah 14), thus becoming Satan, the Adversary, sin and death entered the human race and the physical universe through our forefather, Adam. By His disobedience, all creation—and generations yet to be born (including us) are corrupted by sin. But the Second Adam, the Lord Jesus Christ, lived a life of perfect obedience. His death on the cross satisfied Your wrath, and His Resurrection declared to all that He is the Son of God. Because we have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, You have removed us from the family of the First Adam and adopted us into Your family, the family of the Second Adam. How we praise You for this!
Oh, God, I feel so inadequate to live the Christian life. My heart and mind are so often filled with sinful and selfish thoughts, I lack the faith to trust You with the details of my life at times, and I know, deep down, that I am not what You want me to be. It does me no good to punish myself or get down on myself; instead, I need to catch a fresh vision of You, to focus upon You and not my failings. Please help me to grow in this area of my life: __________.
Today I pray for the Czech Republic. Only a little more than 1% of the population claim to be born-again evangelical Christians. Help the work of CEF, The Bible Society, The Jesus Film, Christian literature distribution, and radio broadcasts true to Your Word. May Your Spirit hover over this land, and may the number of believers multiply ten-fold over the next twenty years. Raise up strong leaders in the church, and provide good training for them.
I remember World Reach, "an interdenominational foreign mission organization serving fields in East Africa, Central and South America, and Europe. Its thrust is the establishment and nurturing of churches among unreached people while training national pastors and lay-leaders." Bless this ministry as they are actively trying to put to work the Great Commission. Provide for them, protect them, and may Your Spirit prosper their labor.
Help me to walk hand in hand with You today, I ask, in Christ's Name, Amen.
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