Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
You are an active God. You are not passive. You are energetic, lively, vigorous and dynamic. You do not sit idly by wondering what will happen, nor are You some impersonal force that does neither process nor directs what happens. You participate with Your creation and You providentially steer the course of history. You are also active in my life working with me individually. You are active in the lives of all who have a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.
Lord, even though You are the sovereign God, You hold us accountable and responsible for our behavior. You made us moral beings. Even though we are predisposed to sin and be selfish, we still choose to be this way in every instance. Indeed, You are the objective standard by which all right and wrong is measured and that standard is revealed in Your Word. Help us not to blame others for the wrongs we do, but to take responsibility for our own wrongs.
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.
Lord, reconciliation within families is a painful issue. Please bring together members of my family—or of a family I know—who are at odds with other family members. We ask that the offenders would embrace repentance, apology, restitution, the embracing of responsibility and reasonability, or the reestablishment of credibility, whatever is needed to mend the fences. And we pray that those offended would be gracious yet not naïve. We know some situations can never be fixed, but we pray that repairable relationships would experience reconciliation
Lord, today I pray for the over 729 million people who populate the continent of Europe. It breaks my heart that only 2.4% of the population claims to be born-again evangelicals.
Lord, in centuries gone by Europe was the leading evangelical continent. We know that in northern Europe there are still some evangelical churches here and there, but in southern and southeastern Europe they are few and far between. Younger generations view the Christian faith as the domain of the elderly and believe it has no bearing on them. Christianity has been through the continent and has virtually left.
Father, revive Your work in Europe. May the number of Evangelical Christians double within the next decade, and may Your Spirit hover and rekindle what is left of its spiritual embers.
Lord, today I pray for my denomination, fellowship, or a denomination or fellowship I respect. I pray that You would keep the leaders close to You, guide them by Your Holy Spirit, help them to take seriously the responsibility to conform to the truth of Scripture, and use them for Your glory. May they experience harmony, but not at the pricetag of sacrificing the basic and clear truths of Scripture.
Father, bless those who work as pilots. May they safely deliver their passengers; may many of them come to know You and help those who are Christians to walk with You and to share the good news.
Now help me be Christ-like today, I pray in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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