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Daily Prayers for Evangelical Believers
April 22
by Ed Vasicek

Precious Lord,

You are a caring God. You are not some disinterested spectator, but You care for my needs and me. You share my sorrows and rejoice in my praise. When Mary and Martha were grieving over the death of their brother, Lazarus, something important happened: Jesus wept. Jesus was “a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” He felt their pain even though He was soon to resurrect Lazarus. He is a high priest in understanding the feelings of our infirmities and “was tempted in all points as we are yet was without sin.” Your love and care for us is constant.

Help me with my thought life today. Help me think positive and pleasant thoughts today, thoughts that please You. Help me put Philippians 4:8 to work by letting my mind dwell on beautiful and praiseworthy things.

Lord, help me to get to know my neighbors where I live and at work or school. Teach me the importance of participating in my community as an avenue to benefit me and also as a way to show love to others.

Thank You for freeing me from the curse of the Law. You are the God who justifies the ungodly (Romans 4:4-5) not the law keeper. Indeed, none of us can keep the Law. The Law is good, but we are sold into bondage. Thank You that Jesus has kept the Law on our behalf and that since I am in Christ I have His righteousness. This righteousness comes to me by faith in Christ not my self-effort.

I remember my marriage (if I am married) and the marriages of my extended families, friends and church families. Lord, hold them together. Helped married couples to lean upon you and to work hard at addressing problems and experiencing harmony. I also pray for those who are divorced that You would help them to go forward with Your hand in theirs.

Today I pray for the Jewish people who are scattered throughout the world. Although many Jews are in Israel most are not. New York City, Miami and several other cities in the world including Central and South America have Jewish minorities. Lord, we know Paul had a special burden for his people, the Jews. The early church understood the priority of preaching to the Jew first and then the Greek. O Lord, You have preserved this people from repeated attempts at genocide. They have blessed our earth and are the people of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Apostles and the majority of the early church. In grace, Lord, reach down and bless the physical descendents of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. May growing number comes to accept Yeshua (Jesus) as the Messiah (Christ).

Thank You for the work of Peter Deyneka Russian Ministries building “Christian partnerships that touch and change lives in communities across the former Soviet Union. With headquarters in Moscow, Russia and Wheaton, Illinois, Russian Ministries partners with thousands of agencies, churches and individuals to bring the love of Christ to hearts and homes across Russia, Ukraine and other places in the former Soviet Union.” Bless their staff, missionaries and nationals who work together for this cause. Keep them true to You, provide for their needs, empower them by Your Spirit and grant them harmony among one another.

Lord, I offer this day to You in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Pastor Ed

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