Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
You are the One who orchestrates history. Like the conductor of a massive symphony, You direct the complexities of harmonies, melodies and rhythms. Although each instrument's contribution by itself may seem worthless, combined "all things work together for good." As we hear our individual strings of life plucked, it doesn't make sense. But You harmonize it all in Your sovereign plan.
Thank You, Lord, that You have a plan. Your plan is to glorify Yourself through Your work of creation, provision and redemption, with redemption as central. You created the universe knowing full well that sin would enter and that God the Son would take the role of the sacrificial Lamb. Through redemption, You are causing all things to work together for good. One day Jesus Christ will return to reign and we look forward to that time.
Father, I remember those I know or know of who suffer chronic pain. In many instances, they have prayed for Your healing, but You have other plans. Like Paul the Apostle who struggled with an eye condition (Galatians 4:12-15, 6:11), many of Your children are suffering, as You know quite well. You feel compassion and empathy with them and, like them, You look forward to the time when their bodies will be redeemed (Romans 8:23-25). Thank You, that, in the meantime, Your Holy Spirit is praying on the behalf of all Your children. Please comfort these people and their loved ones, give them wisdom as to what they can do to feel better. If it be Your will, heal them. And if not, help them draw near to You as You often use suffering to this purpose. We admit that we do not always like the way You do things, but we trust You even when we do not understand.
Lord, I have some disappointments and burdens in life. A few of them hurt me and have left scars including: __________. I turn them over to You.
Help me to find Your purpose and joy in life. There are many things I cannot change, but I can share all my thoughts with You. Thank You that You do not stifle me or pressure me to "get over it." You are a God Who feels with me.
Today I remember the nation of Grenada. Father, in some ways You seem to be building Your church there: over 18 percent of the population claim to be born-again evangelicals. Yet on the other hand, most babies are born out of wedlock and two parent families are rare. The effects of slavery many years ago seem present even today. Please, do a work of Your Spirit there and may the Christians choose to follow You on a daily basis. May their convictions carry into real life and daily decisions. Give them a burden to grow, evangelize and send out missionaries themselves.
Thank You for Mission: Moving Mountains. Their purpose is clear, "Transforming Communities by Discipling for Development." Thank You for their work in Ghana, Senegal, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda and Nigeria. Protect the missionaries, provide for their needs, empower them by Your Spirit and grant them harmony among themselves. Use them to nurture many toward maturity and to develop solid leaders.
I commit myself to Your service today, in Jesus' Name, Amen.
Highland Park Church
516 West Sycamore Street
Kokomo, Indiana, USA