Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
by Ed Vasicek
My dear God,
How good You are to me. How I appreciate knowing You. I very much appreciate that You are a social God. Not only do the Father, Son and Holy Spirit fellowship one with another, but You, O Lord, fellowship with Your creation. Your angelic messengers appear before Your throne and those of us redeemed from Adam's race will socialize with You forever. Right now You want to be included in my life not only as my Lord and Master but also as a friend, confidant and guide.
Lord, I thank You for creating human beings as male and female both in Your image (Genesis 1:27). The differences between male and female are more than physical and we should appreciate those differences and respect both our gender and the opposite gender. Even though men and women have differing roles in some areas, they are of equal personhood and value. So help us to appreciate and respect both men and women. Keep us from making derogatory statements or put-down jokes; although they are passed off as harmless humor, they really do nurture disrespect.
Mighty One, Your Word says, "A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it" (Proverbs 22:3). Lord, life has many potential dangers ahead. Keep me alert and when danger seems likely keep me from living in denial like the simple. Help me prevent more problems by thinking ahead rather than wandering around in a daze or with my head in the sand.
Please meet the following needs, requests and desires as You see fit: __________.
Lord, about the nation of Guinea in French-speaking west Africa, the evangelical church is small there only about 1 percent of the population. Most of the people are Muslim, but thank You that at least for now there is a good measure of religious freedom. Lord, please maintain that freedom and thank You that the work is indeed growing. I pray that You would protect the Christians and the missionaries who are working there and that the evangelical church would produce good leaders, be pure and multiply five-fold over the next decade.
Gracious One, thank You for the ministry of Paraclete, "a group of experienced harvest workers who seek to expand the Kingdom of God through assisting mission agencies and churches in their mission to reach the least-reached peoples of the world." They offer resources to help missionaries with: team building, counseling, cross cultural training, conflict resolution, technology and administrative/organizational counsel. Use them to help missionaries get on the field, stay on the field, resolve problems and help educate them in ways that will significantly affect their ministries and the Kingdom of God.
Help me to serve You faithfully today, I ask in the Savior's Name, Amen.
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