Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
You are unlimited except by Your own nature. You have all power, and all sorts of things are possible with You, and You can do almost anything, yet You cannot contradict Who You are. Because of Who You are, You cannot sin or lie or do anything that would be contrary to Your nature. You could not create a rock that You could not lift because You cannot contradict Yourself. Moral absolutes come from You. Everything You do is right for two reasons: You do it (and thus define what is right) and You are in complete harmony with what is right (thus behaving in ways that are consistent with righteousness).
But, Lord, I am a sinful person. 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.
Thank You that once I have accepted Christ as my Savior, the Holy Spirit has indwelt me. He is helping me to live the Christian life, empowering me and creating an appetite for God and the things of God within me. He causes me both to desire to do God’s will and then to do it. Others who are watching from the outside do not understand that You are working in me.
Lord, help me to not make promises I do not keep. You Word tells me it is better not to make a vow than to make one and then not keep it. May others note me for my integrity, and may others see this as an evidence of Christ living in me.
Today I remember the continent of Asia in prayer. Lord, over 83% of the world’s 4.4 billion non-Christians live in Asia. Not only that, but over 87% of the world’s unevangelized lived in this most populated region of the world. Asia has 832 million Muslims, 805 million Hindus, and between 400 and 900 million Buddhists. Lord, the Asians are the least evangelized people on planet earth. Oh, Father, change that. Thank You for the spread of the Gospel in Korea and China among other places. May Your Spirit hover and breath upon this region and may the church multiply by 10 in Asia over the next decade. May the horrible persecutions stop and may the Asian church develop forms and ministries adapted to their situations.
Great God, thank You for Food for the Hungry as they seek to “walk with churches, leaders and families in overcoming all forms of human poverty by living in healthy relationship with God and His creation… [Food for the hungry] helps some of the world's most disadvantaged people in 47 countries through child development programs, agriculture and clean-water projects, health and nutrition programs, education, micro-enterprise loans and emergency relief.” Lord, bless their efforts; give them harmony, the wisdom and power of Your Spirit, and a liberal supply of provisions and funds.
I commit my day to You, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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