Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
You are a relational God. The Persons of the Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—have always had a perfect relationship. Your Nature is the basis of all good relationships. Because You are a relational God, You actually enjoy interacting with Your people. Having a relationship with You saves us. At the time of judgment, Jesus will dismiss the lost by saying, "I never knew you" (Matthew 7:23). But to us, He says, "I know my sheep, and my sheep know me" (John 10:14). Lord, when I repented of my sins and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ, I was adopted into Your family. Thank You for our relationship.
Savior, as Your disciple You want me to bear fruit. You want me to demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit in my lifestyle, the greatest of which is love. You want me to salt the earth and be a light. You want me to encourage my brothers and sisters in Christ, to use my spiritual gifts in conjunction with my church, and to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others. Help me to be a fruitful Christian. May I start at home with those closest to me.
Help me to organize my life and environment in a healthy, balanced and reasonable way. Keep me from obsessive behavior. May I neither model a control-freak lifestyle that is nothing more than a fearful approach to life nor that of disorganization because You are a God of order. Help me to seek a medium mentality: one that trusts You without obsession but disciplined enough so that I can find what I need and model responsibility.
Please meet the following needs, requests and desires as You see fit: __________.
Help me with my thought life today. Help me think positive and pleasant thoughts today, thoughts that please You.
I remember the South Pacific island nation of French Polynesia. This is a nation that needs Your help desperately. The people are promiscuous (Over 60% of babies born are illegitimate.) and substance abuse is commonplace. Only about 5.6% of the population consider themselves born-again evangelicals and many of the people have returned to the pagan occult practices of their forefathers. Father, help Your children to remain pure in such an environment with its many temptations. May the evangelical church double within the next decade. May Your Spirit draw multitudes to You.
Thank You, Lord, for Global Mapping, "a Christian inter-denominational missionary research agency. [Their] highest priority is serving evangelical mission ministry leaders in the developing world." Bless them as they engage in "research and development of strategic missions information...to enable Christian ministry leaders to acquire, manage, analyze, apply, communicate and share strategic information." We know, Lord, that foreign missions is a complicated challenge and that weeks spent in thinking, evaluating and developing a strategy save years of misdirected labor on the field. Bless them as they help other missionaries and missions organizations minister wisely. Give them harmony and the special wisdom of Your Spirit.
So, Lord, help me to honor You today, I pray in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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