Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
I praise You, Jesus, that You are the church's Bridegroom. I am part of Your universal church; I became part of it the moment I turned from my sins and trusted Jesus Christ as my Savior. Your Spirit baptized me into Your body, the church. Elsewhere, You describe Yourself as the Bridegroom who will return someday without warning to take Your bride away. I look forward to that day, when I will feast with You and the all the redeemed at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Although this is imagery, I am grateful for the substance beyond the imagery: eternity in heaven in God's presence and in fellowship with the multitudes in glory. Even so come quickly, Lord Jesus!
Thank You, Lord, that You created our first parents, Adam and Eve, even knowing that they would sin. Thank You that by allowing their sin You have worked a greater good than would have been otherwise—at least as far as Your glory is concerned and as far as the destiny of those You have called. Surely You work out all things for the good for those who love God, for those who are called according to Your purpose. Our position having been redeemed is more glorious than that of Adam and Eve before the Fall.
Lord, help me to be encouraged by You and to encourage others. May others know me as a positive, encouraging person who can listen without spouting out unwanted advice. Teach me to listen to both You and others.
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. I surrender my life afresh to Him.
I remember my enemies and those I do not really care for. I ask You to bless them, and if appropriate to grant them repentance. Help me to respond in a proper way to them. Help me to understand the difference between loving my enemy, my neighbor, my brother or sister in Christ, my spouse, children and family. Help me distinguish between the love of duty and a love that embraces emotionally. May I not make more stringent demands upon myself than You make upon me.
I pray for the nation of Denmark. Thank You for the 4.8% of the population that claim to be born-again evangelical Christians. Many of the people claim a formal form of Christianity, but they do not attend church and do not have a personal, living relationship with the Risen Christ. Please use the Jesus Film, the Danish Bible Society, and may Your Spirit also empower the new and promising Christian youth movement.
On another continent, thank You for Zion Evangelical Ministries of Africa which "has formed a missionary partnership with TEAM and SIM to increase the work of the ministry" in South Africa. Bless this work, keep it true to You, and provide resources, protection, and the blessing of Your Spirit.
I pray today for doctors around the world. They have a tough job with a lot of stress, and they must deal with many ethical issues. Help them to do what is right as You define right. May many come to know You, and help the doctors who do know You to share their faith with both patients and peers.
Now lead me today, I pray, in Christ's Name, Amen.
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