Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
You are immense. By that I mean that all heaven and earth cannot contain You. You are limitless and endless, yet You are not restricted by dimension since You created space: height and depth are part of the created order (Romans 8:39). When we build church buildings, they are not built to house or contain You; they are as a convenience and a facility for Your people. They are not shrines but ministry centers. As Solomon prayed, "The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain You. How much less this temple I have built." (1 Kings 8:27).
Lord, the Old Testament Feast of Passover pictures a lamb whose blood is shed so that Your wrath would "pass over" when the angel saw the blood on the doorposts. So those of us in Christ are protected from Your wrath by the blood of Jesus Christ. Passover reminds us that Christ, the sacrificial Lamb of God, died for our sins. As Paul put it, "Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed" (1 Corinthians 5:7). Indeed, He has.
Lord, I thank You today for two of the many things with which You have blessed me: __________.
Lord, I empty myself before You and ask You, Holy Spirit, to fill me. Help find my strength in Your power. Holy Spirit, I give You control of my life.
Lord Jesus, as head of the church, you know our church is supposed to gather for Christians to build one up one another (edification). Help me to acknowledge that I need other people for me to mature evenly, that I am imperfect and therefore should give others room for imperfection and that it is not just about me, but about You AND my attempts to encourage other Christians. Remind me that it is about us, not just me and my needs. Help me to serve others within my church. Remind me that it is more blessed to give than to receive and that this does not only apply to money.
Dear God, I remember the African nation of Gambia in prayer. Most of this nation is Muslim, but fortunately the Muslims in this nation are tolerant of religious freedom. Please keep freedom strong here. Lord, only .3%—three tenths of one percent—of the population claim to be born-again evangelical Christians. O God, help the few Christians in this land to stand strong and may they see the evangelical church double over the next 5 years and may that doubling pattern continue. Lord, Your Spirit is capable of opening eyes and working within individuals to bring them to saving faith. We pray that He would do so in growing numbers.
Thank You, Lord, for Grace Ministries International and their ministries in Australia, Bolivia, Congo, Costa Rica, India, Puerto Rico, Tanzania and Zambia. Thank You for their literature ministries. Keep them true to You, help them experience harmony with one another and may Your Spirit empower their efforts at church planting, running Christian camps, evangelism, literature ministry and training.
Today I pray for photographers. May people in this vocation do their work honestly and with integrity. May those who know You share their faith and may many in this field come to know Jesus.
Open my eyes to see the doors you are opening for me today. I am Your servant. I pray in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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